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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:40 AM   #1
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Maryborough, Victoria

Maryborough, Victoria

Pics from my recent trip to Maryborough, enjoy.

























The Maryborough Railway Station is the icon for this former gold mining town, and the highlight of my trip.
An antique market is now permanently housed in the building, found and purchased many old postcards there, which made me very, very happy.





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Old August 17th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #2
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This is a town I'd love to see.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:31 AM   #3
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In 1895, Mark Twain visited Maryborough - which he dryly observed was: "A railway station with a town attached".

I spent three days there, and that was one day too many.
Once you’ve seen the goldrush buildings, there isn’t much else to see and do.

I would suggest including Clunes and Talbot in a trip to Maryborough and allow four or five days to cover the lot.

The good news for Maryborough, after the closure of its magnificent Railway Station in 1993, its station is about to resume rail services again.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/bi...y.html?page=-1


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Residents of Maryborough will be get a new passenger rail service to Ballarat with connections to Melbourne.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:52 AM   #4
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryborough,_Victoria

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The area was originally inhabited by the Jajowurrong people. The first Europeans to settle were the Simson brothers, who established a sheep station, known as Charlotte Plains, in 1840. Gold was discovered at White Hill, 4 kilometres north of Maryborough, in 1854, leading to prospectors rushing to the area. At its peak, Maryborough had a population of up to 50,000.

The town site was surveyed in 1854, with a police camp, Methodist church, and hospital amongst the first infrastructure. The Post Office opened on 19 October 1854.

The settlement was originally known as Simsons, but later changed to Maryborough by the gold commissioner James Daly, after his Irish birthplace. One of Victoria's earliest newspapers, The Maryborough Advertiser, was established in 1854. Land sales commenced in 1856, and Maryborough became the administrative and commercial centre of the area. The town became a borough in 1857.

The last gold mine in Maryborough closed in 1918. In 1924 the Maryborough Knitting Mills opened, which established the town as a centre for the wool industry. Maryborough became a city in 1961.

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Looking across High Street in Maryborough, the Bull & Mouth Hotel is on the right - built in 1904, this remarkable hotel was designed by Ballarat architect W E Gribble.
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Nice place, not a single person in any of those pics looks like a ghost town.
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Nice place, not a single person in any of those pics looks like a ghost town.
Thats the beauty of a place like this, you have the town mostly to your self.
If your from the city, with all the crowds and noise the last thing you want to find when you go on a weekend get-away is a just more queues and people.
Anyway, its a small town with not much to do, but what it lacks in a active street scene it makes up in many other ways.
There are a few of these type of towns scatted through Victoria, small towns with huge opulent OTT public buildings. In the past much lay neglected, like old banks, pubs and gaols all empty and forgoten, but a new craze called the weekender has tempted cashed up city folk to rediscover this historic wonderland and with it brings a new lease of life..
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Great Stuff, Collector.

Maryborough is a unique sort of town ... I'm really glad the passenger railway service will be geting back there soon.

It's been suggested here that it won't be possible to make a return trip in a day from Melbourne, but that's a great excuse to spend a night at the Bull & Mouth !



The station there is truly something to be treasured: with at least three versions of how it got so grand, and Mark Twain weighing in in his frustration with trying to get from Ballarat to Bendigo by rail (if he'd been more savvy, he'd have gone by Melbourne, but then Maryborough would never have had all that prose to subsequently pontificate upon).









There's some brilliant architecture in Maryborough: the Main street and the Civic Square: As The Collector has demonstrated. I have to confess, I have an interest here: although I know no-one here now, my Great Grandfather mined here, and several of my relatives a few generations back died here. Well worth visiting, for the architecture, and the essence.

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Nice place, not a single person in any of those pics looks like a ghost town.
Depends what time you take the photos ... Maryborough isn't exactly Melbourne, but while platform 1 was pretty sparse at the station:



and out on the tracks as well:



but Maryborough woke.

At times there was a solid stream of cars heading for the take-aways:



And even a bit of action in the back-street:



Just outside of town there are vintage shops:



and massive lumps of masonry, testament to the foundation on which this city, this state, and this nation were built.


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Brilliant stuff Yardmaster!
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