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Art Print

Chris' Landscape Images of Australia (cjcphotography)

Walhalla Train Depot (Restored)

by Chris' Landscape Images Of Australia
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DESCRIPTION

Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.

ABOUT THE ART

Once one of Australia’s richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers, this sleepy mountainside town is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents!

Walhalla, a rich gold producer for 50 years, lives on as a remote and picturesque mountain township. It is hard to imagine a more difficult site for a town than the steep, narrow valley of Stringers Creek as it winds down through the dense forests of the Baws Baws. Yet in its heyday, between 1880 and 1895, more than 4000 people lived there.

Gold was found in Stringers Creek in 1863 and by 1866 numerous mines within the valley were opened. The great Long Tunnel Company, to which the prosperity of Walhalla owed its existence, became the greatest single producer of gold in Victoria. It closed in 1913. Walhalla once supported 15 hotels, 40 shops, two breweries, four churches, a school, jail and its own newspaper.

The narrow-gauge railway arrived from Moe in 1910 only in time to see the town die. The two major mines closed in 1911 and 1913 and the trains which were to have brought prosperity were used to cart away Walhalla’s buildings. By 1920 there were only 250 people left. The railway closed in 1944 but is now rebuilt by the dedicated residents and supportive enthusiasts as a tourist railway including many of its historical buildings.

Victoria – Australia

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera

“Thankyou Society6 for featuring this image in you're shop”




Rachel Burbee commented on August 29, 2012 4:11am
wow.. love the history to this ..and awesome work... :)
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 29, 2012 4:18am
Thank you Rachel for you're lovely comment & reading my narrative :)
Françoise Reina commented on August 29, 2012 4:21am
Beautiful capture and thank you for the very interesting explanations ! :))
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 29, 2012 4:25am
Hi my dear Friend. Thank you too for reading my narrative, I really enjot it when Peers read the information about my images considering they are Australian & not in travel magazines ♥
Françoise Reina commented on August 29, 2012 4:42am
Thanks a lot for your great compliment, I'm honored !
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 29, 2012 4:56am
:) ♥
Catru commented on August 29, 2012 6:19am
Love it!!!! ♥♥ that dark framing adds such a magical mood Chris ♥
Galaxy Eyes commented on August 29, 2012 6:32am
Interesting as always!
Beautiful capture.
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 29, 2012 6:41am
Thank you Carina & Galaxy ♥♥
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on August 29, 2012 7:28am
✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ 👍 !!!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 29, 2012 7:30am
Cheers Wayne :)
Megstuff commented on August 29, 2012 8:22am
Love this!
One Curious Chip commented on August 29, 2012 10:22am
Beautiful image, and such a captivating story behind it too! I love learning about the areas you visit. :)
Erik Sandi Satresa commented on August 29, 2012 11:43am
great
K Shayne Jacobson commented on August 29, 2012 1:18pm
Nice
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on August 29, 2012 7:18pm
Thanks so much Meg, Chip, Erik, Shayne:) @ Chip.........Thank you for you're great comment, I am grateful you are enjoying my images/narratives about my travels in Australia :)
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on September 19, 2012 8:05pm
Thank you DeLayne :)
Josh Ross commented on July 2, 2014 5:41pm
Beautiful!
Chris' Landscape Images of Aus… commented on July 2, 2014 5:42pm
Thankyou, Josh!
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