May 2019, Bridgewater on Loddon, Vic
Beside the Loddon River at Bridgewater you’ll find what is left of an old well. This was the site of a Blacksmith business that serviced the needs of the area. The business operated until 1969 and the building was demolished in 1974. We often forget the importance of the ‘Smithy’ in the time before the motor car. The making of horseshoes, wagon wheels and of the hooks and latches and farming implements. The bits and pieces, the rakes and hoes and shovels that were needed for both agriculture and life in general when a hard days’ work truly was hard yakka.