The iron ore quarries and smelting works in this area were operated by the Lal Lal Iron Mining Co, primarily between 1873 and 1885. Peak production was achieved in 1884 when 813 tonnes of iron were produced over 9 months - 160 men were employed at this time. The venture suffered from a lack of capital, the high cost of production and freight, and the fall in the price of imported pig iron. The company went out of business in 1885.
No Bob, I live in Victoria, Australia. My wife and I visited Norfolk Island in 1996 and these photos were taken then. Sorry I can't help you with the close-ups
Hi Muzza. I would like to use this image of Caulfield Primary School because I am working on a project about the architect - Henry Bastow. Can you please contact me about this? Jenny@creativehatinterpretation.com.au
The last troop horse at Trentham was ridden by a mounted constable at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and was retired shortly afterwards.
It's difficult to photo the old place. I was standing on the seat of my motorbike with the camera held up over the fence to get this one. They aren't very friendly out there :)
An unusual animal sanctuary existed here in the 1940s and '50s.
It was called Wildlife Park and was run by Bill Maughan and his family, who lived on the property.
An open horse-drawn dray carried about 20 passengers at a time to the park from the tram terminus on Whitehorse and Union Roads. Once inside, there were camel and pony rides, a monkey circus, birds, kangaroos and emus.
Leisureland Fair was an amusement park which operated on this site from 1984 to 1992. It is now a housing estate with the only reference to it being a street named after it. The amusement park was situated on a large plot of land with a steam train which would take passengers from the carpark to the park itself.
The park consisted of a large number of attractions including a custom built steel roller coaster, log flume, waterslides, mini golf, a function centre and various other rides.
The only remaining part of Leisureland Fair is the former Function Centre, otherwise known as "The Castle". This is being renovated into a Community Centre and Place of Worship by the Ahmadiyya Movement.
Thanks Mark. After spending 11 years in emergency management and dealing with all the fire and other emergency services, I understand how touchy they can get. I took this photo after seeing it in the Royalauto (RACV) magazine and when I contacted my mate in Ballarat to find out where it was, he provided the information that I included in the caption. I appreciate your comments.
In 1927, the Governor of Victoria, Lord Somers, proposed a camp whereby up to 400 boys from public schools and industry, aged between 17 and 19 could meet and mix for a week. This followed a similar concept initiated in Britain by the Duke of York. The camp was subsequently established on land donated by the owner of Coolart. The first “Big Camp” was held in 1931 and camps have been conducted ever since.