Time!

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“And as the years have passed, the time has grown longer. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too soon needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute - like shadows lengthening at dusk. Someday, I suppose, the shadows will be swallowed up in darkness.” 
Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood

Time slowly passing by in a sandglass with yellow sand. ww.martinsistek.cz

Shadows from the past

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Moorabool    Makeover

Blog #6 ~ mapping fast-fading memories

When Melway's was king

 

 

Back then I collected RACV strip-maps along with many large fold-up road maps distributed by fuel producers (Shell, Ampol, ...); storing them in a shoebox (well before satnav devices).

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Working with fading memories, Google Earth and photos belonging to Jo Mitchell, Ron Grant, Andreas Makarewitsch and myself, I challenged myself to map Jo Mitchell's 5-hour kayak trip down the Moorabool with a focus on the re-routed section flowing along the lengthy man-made concrete channels. Viewers may prefer to follow Jo's blogs #1, #2, #3.

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Playing with Google Earth

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With help from Ron Grant

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With my fading memory and a

Sunday photshoot

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Andreas Makarewitsch 1980s
Andreas Makarewitsch 1980s

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Looking toward quarry site
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A Gallery

 

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“And so after five hours of rocks, prickles, boxthorn, ants, bees, rushes, reeds, barbed wire and leeches we were finally done. Not exactly a "paddle" I would recommend, however a very interesting part of the Moorabool to have seen at close quarters.”                                  Jo Mitchell

"What's in a name?"       Blog #1

Can you guess

which name

we'll look at first?

 

Not just any face..."         Blog #2

 

My favourite Gugger happy-snaps

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A  face from the past...

Christopher Porter
James Plumridge
The Guggers

In search of
architect, Christopher Porter, and
early Fyansford potter, James Plumridge, Ca.1855

Starting Point

More clues...

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Paul Bruce, President Bellarine Historical Society, vigneron (author of book on the wine and aerated water Company called “Chas Cole & CO” in Geelong) and with a particular interest in Fyansford has thrown additional light on this subject:

  • Christopher Porter, an architect, owned a pottery site, possibly Geelong’s first pottery and brickworks.

  • James Plumridgea Staffordshire potter, was brought out from England in 1855 by Porter. It was Plumridge who worked at the pottery near Fyansford.

  • James Plumridge eventually ran a series of Potteries in Victoria and NSW and is well documented in Geoff Ford’s book, “Australian Potteries: the first 100 years”.

  • Porter designed a number of buildings in Geelong and Ballarat before moving to Queensland where he became an influential architect.

Thanks, Paul! 

I'm looking forward to meeting with you.

In some ways I am like others I know:

  • a neighbour currently away searching for gold somewhere north of Kalgoorlie, WA, or

  • Nathan with his scanner; ever in search of hidden treasures whether buttons, badges, the odd coin or two, even bottle-tops.. 

Over the years, as I've researched the history of Fyansford, I keep coming across names interwoven through the very fabric of our locality's history; Fyans, Atkins, McCann, Monier, Monash, Buckley, Gugger...

Gugger!  Now there's a name I'd like to know more about.

Fyansford Township Ca 1880

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