Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Brogan's Clay Hut- Amherst

Amherst- clay bottles

I think this might be the tip for the Horse and Jockey Hotel- 1858-1908 in Amherst:

Amherst Police Camp

The Police Camp at Amherst 1852
There is still a lot of glass and sherds of pottery scattered over the site.


  • AMHERST POLICE STATION. William Ferrier escaped from; formerly in police force at Ballarat, in gaol for sly grog selling. 21 November 1855 p.225. Victoria Police Gazette. See also HILL, P. It is also worth trying the Avoca & District Historical Society, as they may hold information on this station and the police who served in it.
  • AMHERST POLICE STATION. Central District. Has been broken up. 10 August 1892 p.210. Victoria Police Gazette
  • HILL, Patrick A. Information requested. Discharged 1864 after four years service in Mounted police at Maryborough; subsequently pound keeper at Amherst and groom in a Melbourne hotel. May have gone to India. 2 August 1876. Victoria Police Gazette
source: Victoria Police & Police Station Database.

COURT RECORDS held at the Pulic Records Office:
2.11.0 AMHERST COURTS [VA 1480]
: Court of Petty Sessions Cause List Books
1859-1867 2 volumes Open LAV VPRS 1389
: County Court Plaint Summons Files
1859-1889 1 box Open BAL VPRS 5804
: County Court Records
1859-1891 2 volumes Open LAV VPRS 1392
: Plaint Summons Files
1860-1870 1 box Open BAL VPRS 5791
: Court of Mines Register
1862-1863 1 volume Open BAL VPRS 5790
: Court of Mines Register and Petty Sessions Fee Book
1862-1865 1 volume Open LAV VPRS 1390
: Register of Claims
1869-1880 1 volume Open BAL VPRS 1649
: Register of Applications for Mining Leases
1892-1902 1 volume Open BAL VPRS 1624
: Police Journal
1857-1858 1 volume Open BAL VPRS 1015

Friday, 17 August 2012

Shearing at Jalvimn Park, Caralulup 2012

 This property has about 1500 sheep to shear.  At the sorting table are Neil, Joelene and John.  But you can't see the chief Roustabout Saphire- one tough little lady :)

Head Rousty Saphy

Neville kindly showed me how to shear. 

Jalvimn Park- Caralulup

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Big Quartz Reef- Amherst

                                    36 tonne piece of quartz

                        This shot was taken 1909

                        Looking back along the reef

Miner's Grave

Mr Baldock- Old Miner's grave, out in the bush by the tailing pile in Caralulup.  When the fire came through in 1985 local children remade the cross.  However another cross existed in the area, and for a while some mistakenly thought there were two graves, until the one on the proper one was left remaining.

Dja Dja Wurrung tree cutting

A tree in the middle of the bush in Caralulup where a large section o fthe tree has been cut away- perhaps as a crib for a baby, it seems too large to be a shield.  Either way it is estimated to be at least 250 years old.

Dja Dja Wurrung Wells

These wells are very hard to find, quite secluded and awesome.  Several have been started, though not completed- I suppose they were testing the rock or location?  It is said they were covered with branches and leaves to protect them from evaporation.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tunnel Hill see this pdf from the Department of Planning and Community Development.



Central Goldfields Shire, Central Goldfields Shire
Google Maps and Google Streetview

Heritage Inventory (HI) Number


Heritage Inventory Description

/n/nAdit - The adit is currently being worked. Modern mining buildings erected on the site. - large (13ft long) elongated diamond with circles top and bottom. /n/nThe tunnel at this site is still open and is currently being reworked by a small operator. Other evidence of former gold mining operations is also located in the immediate area. (p178)/n/nSOURCES:Talbot and Clunes Conservation Study, Richard Aitken 1988
______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Heritage Inventory Significance:/n/nLocal/n/nIntegrity of the site reduced as to have very little interpretive value./n/nEXISTING HERITAGE LISTING: /n/nTunnel Hill mine, off Lexton-Talbot Road, Talbot. Schedule One: Buildings recommended for inclusion in the Shire of Talbot and Clunes Interim Development Order; This gold mining site is significant for the intactness of its physical remains, being one of the few early reef mines in the shire where a tunnel is still intact. (p178)/n/nINTERPRETATION:/n/nThis is one of the few former mining sites within the shire where a tunnel of such an early date is still open. The current reworking is of such a small scale that it does not jeopardise the integrity of the site, although more intensive working could easily destroy attributes of this site. (p.178)


Contextual History:History of Place:
Heritage Inventory History of Site:
1861: Tunnel driven ('so it is said') in 1861.
1917: One mile west of Talbot. Formerly worked for over half a mile in length in an open cut, a tunnel and shallow shafts (including Gordon's shaft), up to 85 feet deep. The reef is 45 feet thick when exposed in the tunnel, which is driven, so it is said, in 1861. General desire by Prospecting Association to re-work the reef.
1917: Victoria Gully - On east side of Tunnel Hill Reef, 1 mile west of Talbot. Formerly rich alluvial. The material in this gully is now being cyanided.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Clay pipes from Amherst

The first full pipe I have found (the bowl that is).  I have dated similar ones to be about 1880-90.

This rather racially offensive pipe was dug up, and when I searched online for a similar type, it was listed as being common in the US around the 1860's.  It is certainly much older in design than the small basket decorated one above.  The lip of the bowl is a lot finer or brittle and has damage from the user.  The left bowl has damage to the side of the face, but it is a pretty remarkable find.

All these pipes and pieces were found at the Amherst site

Friday, 11 May 2012

Quince tree farmlet- Caralulup/Burnbank

This is an old farmlet in the middle of no where a neighbour told me about.  It took me about three weeks to find, but well worth it.  An incredibly secluded and beautiful spot.  However the roos have taken over and the ground is so compacted it would be difficult to make any finds.

The "two" quince trees which were my only clue.  It is now a bunch of seedlings.  It is a pity I did not take my camera with me last time as the tree/s were full of fruit.

All that is left lying on the surface are a few shards of broken glass and small piles of bricks which are deeply established in the compacted clay soil.  However, I did get lucky finding a little small brass buckle in the shape of a horseshoe, with and iron arm rusted to it.  Most probably part of a woman's clothing or perhaps a bag which goes on a saddle.  I don't know.

All that remains of this road and on the property are the fence posts and the beautifully crafted horse enclosure.  The moss and the weathering are gorgeous.

This is a series of shots taken on the outside entrance and bridge of the old road.  The Rinaldi's had a property on this road I found on a map from the 1890's of the area.  The bridge was rebuilt in 1974.  The tunnel of the bridge is encrusted in the clay nests of birds.  They were a stunning surprise.  No one was home.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Amherst hospital

Written by William Ives, it paints a vivid picture of the times and sings the praises of the Amherst Hospital, the doctor and staff.


Sad in heart, and travelling on the road sick, and weary, and on my back a load;
Arriving at Avoca, I was glad it came in view;
To travel any further, I found I could not do;
No money in my pocket, no friends to help me there,
I trusted in my Jesus and on Him threw my every care;
Someone advised me strongly to Amherst tread my way,
And in Hospital there for a while to try and stay.
The doctor of that place in Avoca chanced to be,
So off I went at once, that Gentleman to see;
Looking minutely at me,
And scanning me all o’er
He got an order for me, and did a great deal more -
He put me in his buggy, swag and billy too;
Arriving at the Hospital, I soon was put to bed,
And only for the kindly care, would now be numbered with the dead;
God bless the doctor, I do say, Matron and staff as well,
May we all meet above, with God in Heaven to dwell.
I am leaving here, and my thanks indeed are due
To the treatment I received, and kind attention too.
God bless the people I do say, who take the poor in here, and may
they ever prosper in this uncertain land.
When I am far away, my thoughts shall wander
And bless the Amherst Hospital,
Through one on the track.


 Two weeks later I went back to the same dig and found more missing pieces.. one or two more to go.
There are several old fire-pits strewn with glass and ceramics shards.  This is the largest and I rekon it is probably the one with the most glass.

This has got to be one of the most exciting finds- this is a blue willow platter- for a roast I assume.  I dug about three feet and found it deeply wedged under the root of a gum tree.  I LOVE Blue Willow.