Monier Arch Bridge Fyansford

Nov 2019, Fyansford, Vic The Monier (reinforced concrete) Arch bridge spans the Moorabool River near Geelong and was completed in 1899. It was designed and constructed by the engineering firm of Monash & Anderson. In 1905 John Monash established the Reinforced Concrete and Monier Pipe Construction Co. A military man at heart he went on to become the brilliant World War One military commander General Sir John Monash. He was considered to be the greatest living Australian. His engineering, military and organisational achievements have left many lasting legacies. His name is a constant in the daily lives of all Victorians, … Continue reading Monier Arch Bridge Fyansford

A smoky summer holiday

Jan 2020, Mornington, Vic The Mornington Peninsula has long been known as Melbourne’s playground. Safe shallow and sandy beaches on its busier Port Phillip Bay shores mean that young families can throw down a few towels and let the kids run amok in the shallows. Shops, cafes, ice creams and cool pubs are only a short walk away. A perfect place to while away the summer holidays. Continue reading A smoky summer holiday

Gatepost

Dec 2019, Yackandandah, Vic There’s nothing more evocative than an old fence post. I’m sure an expert in these matters would be able to date this one. To me, well it takes me back to my childhood. A time when a new fence was built. Me a goofy little country kid in gumboots watching my Dad and our neighbour Ted planting the star pickets and straining the wires.   Continue reading Gatepost

Beechworth Gorge

Dec 2019, Beechworth, Vic Beechworth is such an interesting town that I’m quite sure that a lot of tourists aren’t aware of the gorge. By the time you’ve immersed yourself in gold rush history, walked the shops, had your fill of stylish clothes and homewares and refreshed yourself at an historic pub or two then any mention of gorge would have you dashing off for a long lunch somewhere nice. But no, there is a gorge and surprisingly it’s just behind town. “In Beechworth, we take the drive along the Gorge Road, a narrow twisting one-way road that clings to … Continue reading Beechworth Gorge

Tangambalanga

Here’s one for the readers who are fascinated by Aussie place names. When I took this photo just prior to Christmas, Tangambalanga, Vic was bathed in light smoke from the Sydney bushfires. I was going to use the photo for an entirely different story based around some folks we met last year. Now this pretty dairying centre on the Kiewa River close to Tallangatta has its own fire concerns with fronts on both the south and the east of town. For overseas readers who wish to get an understanding of the extent of these bushfires, the maps on these Victorian … Continue reading Tangambalanga