Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Sovereign Hill

I haven't had a chance to tell you about our trip to Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, when we were in Victoria. What a great place! Soverign Hill is a small village that is a replica of the goldfields in Victoria in the 1850s. In effect, it is a living museum. People work there in pioneer costume, as shop owners, tour guides or as actors playing the parts of soldiers,miners, town criers and settlers. School children can visit and take part in an 1850s classroom. It is so interesting to watch!

Gold panning



How the miners lived:


Asian settlers





Homes of the wealthy:







School



The town









 Bowling Alley!

Making a gold bar worth $100,000!!














                                      








Theatre







I so loved the old buildings, and the whole atmosphere of the town.
A truly memorable experience!

I'm linking up with Our World Tuesday, because there are such wonderful sights to see there!


xx

19 comments:

  1. Old buildings are so pretty - they have all those rounded bits, accents, moldings, etc. Even the utensils from earlier times were pretty - with swirls and rounded parts. I wish things were made at least to resemble some of the old things - we've started focusing so much on function that people forget it's fun to use pretty things too. :)

    Those teapots are beautiful = and I spied a cute playset in a wicker little case - that would be so fun to have played with. Beautiful pics

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    1. I love the teapots too - if only I'd had more luggage space! The little teaset is just adorbs! :)

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  2. A fascinating place to visit. Imagine living in some of those small shacks. Life was hard back then!

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    1. The goldminers' tents were actually more appealing than the houses! They were cosy looking, and the light coming through the canvas was nice. I wouldn't mind staying in one of the tents for a weekend camping trip. :)

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  3. we would never have survived would we...it would have been so cold in the winter and so hot in the summer...did you pan for gold ...and did you find some more tot he point???? saw Michael and Denise today ...when i took Auntie Floss to the Country Club for her Hot choc and to watch the fountains there...they had just had lunch there ..they both look well and said they had a great time with you all....Love ya XXXXX

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    1. I think we would have been fine - it's only because we know what we have now. Imagine what people will think of our houses now in 160 years time?

      The boys and Aliesha did the gold-panning - it was too cold for me! Aliesha found a few tiny bits of gold and took them home in a bottle of water. Pretty cool! :)

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  4. What a great set of photos. I really felt I was on the tour with you. Great post thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Marie! I have so loved seeing all your adventures from the Olympics and Paralympics. So much for giving up working! :)

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  5. What a great set of shots from a great place. When my kids went with school they did not stop talking about for days!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. There were so many school groups there - it was crazy busy! Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  6. Hi there (again!) - thanks for the comment on my "wordy" blog - no books as yet - but I can always dream!

    SM

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  7. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Thanks, Gary! Popping over to your blog now. :)

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  8. I enjoyed browsing through all the photos. The old building looks wonderful and it's nice to know that there are still places like this existing.

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    1. I guess there is a little bit of history still surviving in every town, but in Australia this is one of the oldest! :)

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing your outing with us! Old times are so interesting!

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    1. I love places like this...very memorable! :)

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  10. Were you able to catch Blood on the Southern Cross?

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