Two sides to every coin

Much of my time is spent doing

internet searches

but, i can't help the feeling that i'm mainly just

Rummaging around

In search of...

In search of:

early hunters and gatherers from the Fyansford district 

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In search of nuggets...
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bibs-n-bogs, whatnots and memorabelia...  
 
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Blog 1

The First peoples of Fyansford

The original hunters, gatherers and caretakers

View over the Barwon Valley near Fyansford
View over the Barwon Valley near Fyansford

Gilbert, George Alexander, 1839

Walkabout August 1968

Aboriginalities (a definite ring-in)
Aboriginalities (a definite ring-in)

The Bulletin, 1946

View over the Barwon Valley near Fyansford
View over the Barwon Valley near Fyansford

Gilbert, George Alexander, 1839

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Blog 2

Moorabool River Swimmers

Back in the days when ....

I posted, a while ago, a photo by Kurt Zimmermann showing people swimming in the Barwon and asked whether over the years locals ever swam in the Moorabool River.

 

Within a day I had 34 comments from members of our community who swan regularly at different locations in the lower Moorabool (along with the occasional snake).

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Janine Matthey explained there were “plentiful deep holes in the river” and that they had “several swimming places along the river all year round. Sometimes watching snakes 🐍 swim too”.

 

Steve Hovey described how, “There was a rope swing near one of the walk bridges across from the pub heading to lower paper mills road”.


Dianne Higgins adds, “There was a swimming hole just to the side of the Monier Bridge, right below Truffle Duck. There was a huge tree with a rope and a metal pipe ladder to get out easier.”

Sandra Cominie used to swim there all the time in the early 70’s , She remembers when the river flooded right up to her grandparents’ house (the old Swan Inn).

 

Rita Busbridge also swam there for a long time ~ until she discovered what was being dumped in the river upstream in the late seventies.

Claire Eldridge remembers swimming in the Moorabool as kids and her mum saying, “Don’t forget your floaties”.

Bill Busbridge observed, “We swam in the rivers often from Queenspark all the way thru to Batesford; anywhere there was a substantial waterhole. The concrete diversions around the back of the limestone quarries were fantastic”.

Sandi Strijland remembers how as a family they had picnics and also swam in the river with Sheeba their border collie.

Wendy Jones swam semi-regularly there while Terrie-ann Mcewan-walsh  swam in the river every summer.

Just recently Andrew Blunden threw out the tantalising observation, "... and the river has some stories to tell. It nearly claimed me. That was the day I learned how to swim...".

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This got me thinking...

Though the river appears very tame and relatively safe, is it, in fact, hazardous.

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1882 DROWNED IN THE MOORABOOL
1882 DROWNED IN THE MOORABOOL

The Ballarat Courier 28 Feb., 1882 Page 3

1882 FOUND DROWNED IN THE MOORABOOL RIVER
1882 FOUND DROWNED IN THE MOORABOOL RIVER

Geelong Advertiser 2 May, 1882 Page 3

1931 GEELONG
1931 GEELONG

The Age 13 Apr 1931 Page 10

1882 DROWNED IN THE MOORABOOL
1882 DROWNED IN THE MOORABOOL

The Ballarat Courier 28 Feb., 1882 Page 3

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Blog 3

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A definite Fyansford Landmark

In a roundabout way.......

For what seemed ages Fyansford for many was just a place to drive through. Those who did stop maybe visited our pub or looked at our bridge.

 

The main landmark was without a doubt the silos perched atop the escarpment to the east of town. 

 

Now the silos have gone what will signpost to travellers that they have finally arrived at or left Geelong?

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Gen Fyansford perhaps hinted a couple of years back..

This aerial view certainly draws attention to the Fyansford roundabout

And, in the meantime, how long do you think it will be till lights will be installed?

Gen Fyansford perhaps hinted a couple of years back..

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The

Fyansford

Roundabout

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Blog 4

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Going down can be a hell of a rush

Going up is hard yakka...

The Fyansford Hill

For contemporary cyclists and joggers Fyansford Hill is without a doubt a real test.

For the old timers wrestling a mob of bullocks or a team of horses ... (or, in fact, for coach passengers) it must have not only been hair-raising but a very real risk to life and limb.

I wouldn't have let Mary tackle it with her old manually-geared Barina.

The Fyansford Hill
The Fyansford Hill

Geelong Advertiser 30 Apr., 1890 Page 3

A Dangerous Gradient
A Dangerous Gradient

Geelong Advertiser 1890

TROVE search
TROVE search

The Fyansford Hill
The Fyansford Hill

Geelong Advertiser 30 Apr., 1890 Page 3

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Hyland Street started out as a dirt track. Once the cements works opened the heavy traffic played havoc with roads. Accidents were a regular occurrence. 

 

A TROVE search of "accidents on Fyansford hill" resulted in  2,299 possible hits.

Remember

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Looking toward the hill
Looking toward the hill

Near Fyansford Charles Norton 1846

Looking from atop the hill
Looking from atop the hill

View of Fyansford House on the Moorabool George Alexander Gilbert Ca 1847

2018 view of route through Fyansford
2018 view of route through Fyansford

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Looking toward the hill
Looking toward the hill

Near Fyansford Charles Norton 1846

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From different perspectives

1859 Barely more than a well-worn track

Ca 1890 Recently arrived from the Western district

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1859 Barely more than a well-worn track

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The track got a good workout...

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Photo of Cabbage Tree Ned driving the Leviathan coach to Ballarat with about 100 passengers including the first English Eleven. The coach is in front of the Black Bull Hotel Geelong, 5th March 1862

On one occasion Ned was travelling down Fyansford hill when he found the brake was not working. (The brake was used to keep the coach from running onto the rear of the horses when going downhill). Ned told everyone to hold on tight and immediately whipped the horses into a full gallop to keep them just ahead of the coach. 

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Now I can see why

it's so steep just there.

Stop Press

"Hyland St is a constant 12% gradient

whereas the new extension to Church St is 17% at it's steepest, then 14% last bit before the top".

Tony Peach

 
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Take me to...

What am I doing this week?

Where will I go?

What will I find?

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