Wedderburn Today

Wedderburn is a sleepy farming Hamlet (Pop 900) approximately 225Km NW of Melbourne on the Calder Highway. With a rich Goldfields history Wedderburn is part of Victoria's "Golden Triangle". Gold is still found here. The locals grow Wheat, Canola and Baa-Lambs. It is the Antithesis of St. Kilda and the Melbourne CBD but has its own charm. Here I will attempt to post (hopefully) frequent portraits of daily life in Wedderburn.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sunset

Sunset over the bush. Peace, quiet and solitude. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 27, 2006

Wedderburn Monument

Major Thomas Mitchell was purportedly the first White man to visit this area in1836. This stone Cairn is approximately 5Km Southwest of the town on the A79 Calder Highway. Posted by Picasa

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Night Light

When the Power goes of in Wedderburn, as it frequently does... We have the technology. Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 24, 2006

Rain Rain....

First rain for about 4 months or more... It wasn't much, only a millimetre or so, but the garden said "Aaaaahhhhh...." Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Sign of the Tmes - 2

Ok, here's our other "Interesting" street name. This is absolutely genuine, not a hoax. Now while Teddy Bear Lane was named after a long time resident of the town Titwobble Lane was not. Well... not quite. The story goes that years ago when this particular part of town was being subdivided, the Shire Engineer was driving down this particular bit of (Un-Named back then) road, doing the survey. The road was very rutted and pot-holed and the Engineer had his wife in the truck. Apparently she said something like "God, this road is so bad it makes my Tits Wobble..." Thus it came to pass that the Engineer named the road in honour of his darling wife. True story? I don't know but how on earth else would a street have got a name like that? Now if the sign for Teddy Bear Lane is frequently stolen, you can imagine how often this one disappears! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Rails to Nowhere...

30 years ago this branch line ran from Wedderburn Junction to Wedderburn. The Trains carried general freight and wheat, terminating at the town's wheat silo. 20 years before that in the 1950s there was a busy passenger service, especially on Football days when special trains would be run to wherever the the game was being played. Now the tracks are gone and the only thing that whistles along here is the wind... Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sign of the Times

There are a couple of really interesting street names in Wedderburn. This one one is named after a local resident. The other (Which I will post at a later date) is hopefully not. Problem is.... People keep stealing the signs! The local Council has now resorted to putting the sign on 2 re-inforced posts, but they still go missing frequently. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 20, 2006

At the Produce Store (5)

Mouse? What mouse? Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Beep Beep

Thousands of Tonnes of freight are hauled up and down the Calder Highway daily through Wedderburn. Here, we are almost halfway between Melbourne and Mildura. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Queen's Baton at Wedderburn

View from the inbuilt camera of the Queen's Baton as it passed through Wedderburn at 14:30 today.The Baton is travelling from Swan Hill to Bendigo, scheduled to arrive there around 17:30. (Photo courtesy qbr.melbourne2006.com.au) Posted by Picasa

War Memorial

Wedderburn's memorial to the fallen... Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 17, 2006

Evening Light

The sun slowly sets on a very warm day in Wedderburn. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Wedderburn Museum

The Wedderburn Museum contains a vast array of artifacts and memorabilia from the Goldrush days. At some stage we shall visit inside... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Busy Night at the Pub.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Beaut 'Ute

The preferred mode of transport of the Twenty-somethings and Thirty-somethings in Country Towns in Victoria is the tricked-up Utility or 'Ute'. This one has a large number of Aerials for CB Radio etc. and is thus known as a 'Porcupine' Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 13, 2006

At the Produce Store (4)

Lance and Customer Neville negotiating a price on Shell Grit. Posted by Picasa

At the Produce Store (3)

Lance Ward owns and runs the produce store and Transport business in Wedderburn. He is a fount of knowledge on the town's history. Posted by Picasa

At the Produce store (2)

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At the Produce Store...

Dog food, Cat food, Hay, Straw, Grain, Layer pellets, Grit, Chaff, Horse food, Lucerne, Soft drinks, Boots... The world is your oyster at Lance Ward's Wedderburn Produce store. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Diggings


The Undulating area in the middle distance are "Diggings" from previous efforts to find Gold. Maybe up to 150 years ago. Old diggings can sometimes still yield Gold as time and weather erosion change the Landscape.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Wedderburn Bush


Yellow Box and Ironbark trees... Gold country!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Time to go home.


Local Council truck returns home from digging. (Not for Gold...)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Late Bus


The 8:30 to Bendy-Go slept in again....

It was too hot for Pussy today in Wedderburn...


Razzy Contemplates his dreamworld in the (dead) garden of emptiness.