A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Building With Lots of Stories

Yamba has a wonderful museum that has existed for many decades. It has a fantastic collection of items from the Yaegl People, the original indigenous inhabitants of the Lower Clarence, to the present. The building has also had an interesting journey over it's 75 year history.

The building is the original Yamba Bowling Club built in 1937.

In 1960 my grandfather, Steve Bellamy, dragged the building a couple of hundred yards across the sand flats with one of his bulldozers and it then became the Yamba Golf Club. It remained the Clubhouse until 1975 when a new building was constructed.
 In 1982 it was moved again, this time on a semi trailer, to it's present location in River St Yamba.

The old Presbyterian Kirk is the latest addition to the Museum complex. It was built in 1921 and was last used by the congregation in 1999. The building was donated to the museum and was moved from Wooli St in 2009 and then beautifully restored with a Government Grant. It is now used for exhibitions, cultural events and is also available for hire.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

From Model to Reality

The Shannon Creek Dam is a 30,000 megalitre off-storage facility that is gravity fed from the Nymbodia River. It was built in the first decade of the 21st century and links the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour water supply systems.

Of course it was a controversial project but it has provided a secure water supply for both districts when the next drought comes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Southern Aurora - Glass Paintings

The Southern Aurora Express has been kept in excellent condition and has some lovely features. The club car bar and lounge feature beautiful glass paintings that serve as dividers within the carriage. They feature Australia's unique wildlife including the Lyrebird above and the Koala below.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Southern Aurora - A Golden Anniversary

The Southern Aurora  began service between Sydney and Melbourne on April 16th 1962. This luxurious express train made it's final run on the 3rd of August 1989. On retirement the rolling stock passed to the NSW Rail Transport Museum but was maintained as operational carriages not just part of a static display.
To celebrate it's 50th birthday the many sleeper carriages, club and dining cars were put back on the mainline tracks for a tour of NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Here is it's arrival at Grafton City Station.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

All Quiet on the Wilsons River

The Ballina Road Bridge opened in 1963 and provided a new link to South Lismore effectively bypassing the CBD. The Wilsons River was once the lifeblood of Lismore with many wharves on it's banks providing transport for goods and people.

Today it is hard to find much evidence of this once thriving industry, there are a few desultory wooden piles from the wharves that once served the Norco Dairy Co-operative factory on the western bank: now broken and choked with vines and weeds.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lismore's Beautiful Clock Tower

Lismore's old Post and Telegraph Office has a very beautiful and unusual clock and bell tower. Built in 1899 the NSW Heritage Register describes, "the most elegant feature of the building is the ornate Muntz metal clock tower with buttresses extending from the corners. It is crowned with an unusual filigree cast metal cupola with a finial and wind vane at its top."
Sadly the Post Office moved on in 1992 to a very non-descript building around the corner.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lismore Croquet Club

In the very heart of Lismore's CBD is an oasis of peace and calm: the Croquet Club.

The clubhouse is from the pages of a child's picture book. A marble plaque states it was opened by Lady Game (perfect name) in 1931, so the sport has been going on in Lismore for along time.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sandon Sculpture - The Fisherman

One last  driftwood sculpture at The Sandon, it captures the reason that many visit the isolated village - fishing.

I love the dog at his feet.

This is my contribution to the Water World Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Sandon Wino

As we walked down the track to Sandon Beach we spotted a man having a drink.... but all was not what it seemed.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Venus of the Dunes

Most modern public sculpture leaves me cold. What I warm to is spontaneous art works created by ordinary people using material collected from nearby i.e. rubbish, junk and natural objects. The beach is an ideal location where holiday time and interesting available materials intersect into amusement and art.
The Sandon has a unique collection of driftwood sculpture amongst it's dunes. The lady/mermaid is a definite favourite; Venus de Milo of the shifting sands perhaps.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sandon River - Plover Island

Located at the mouth of the Sandon River, Plover Island is a significant site connected to the Yaegl and Gumbaingirr Aboriginal peoples. The island contains a small quarry where stone axes and knives were mined and fashioned.
Plover Island connects to the mainland at low-tide across a spit of sand and shingle.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Sandon has a Split Personality

The Sandon is the most remote beach village in the Clarence Valley. The north side of the river is reached by a 10km dirt road from Brooms Head but to access the south side (pictured) you need to drive along the beach from Minnie Waters for 10km.
The more accessible north side is totally located within the Yuraygir National Park. The 13 shacks were built between the 1930's to 1960's and came under Permissive Occupancy title. Since the National Park was incorporated in 1983 there has been an ongoing legal case as the National Parks seeks to resume and probably demolish them. I am unsure where this case stands at present but all the shacks are still standing, well looked after and used!

The very remote south side, it's correct name is the Sandon Village, contains around 35 houses and shacks that were converted to freehold title in the 1960's. These dwellings are very tightly held and if they do come on the market sell for incredible amounts of money.
To drive between Sandon Village and Sandon River would take a good couple of hours; to swim or go by boat just a few minutes.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sandon - Solitary Islands Marine National Park

The Sandon is surrounded by National Parks. The Yuraygir National Park covers all land and the river and sea are parts of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. In many parts of the Sandon River Estuary fishing and oyster production are banned, but there is still plenty of places to cast a line.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Road to the Sandon River

This is the road to a little known coastal hamlet called Sandon River or The Sandon. In a big tide the track goes underwater. On the left are Tuckeroo trees, remnants of a littoral rainforest that now has a thick undergrowth of introduced weeds. The Sandon is a fascinating spot and over the next few posts I will show you some of it's secrets and history.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Ultimate Divide

I have always been intrigued by the old practice of dividing cemeteries according to religious affiliation. Does this only occur in places other than Australia?
This shot is from Maclean Old Cemetery.

This is my contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tuesday meme.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Coming in From Out in the Cold

An old fridge, probably washed down the river in the January flood, has found a temporary resting place on Convent Beach in Yamba.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

South Grafton in Black & White

This is the entrance to the long closed Commercial Banking Corporation of Sydney (CBC) It is now a private residence that has been kept in original condition. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Danger at Red Cliff

Over the last few days I have been featuring Red Cliff near Brooms Head. This picture makes it obvious how it got it's name. The people in the shot are doing something very very foolish by climbing over the safety fence and getting close to the extremely loose and crumbling cliff edge.
In the distance is the seaside village of Brooms Head.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Red Cliff

Red Cliff is a camping and picnic ground in the Yuragir National Park to the north of Brooms Head.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Snappers Paradise

You see some serious camera gear at Crescent Head. The geography of the the point make it a spectacular spot to take surfing photos.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Deepwater 2371: Scarecrow Festival

Deepwater is a small town between Glen Innes and Tenterfield. It has struggled, like so many country towns, and is turning to an annual festival to bring the punters and their money to town.
The Scarecrow Festival sounds like great fun, still 6 months away but put it into your diary.
Thanks to the 'Man from Libya' for this lovely shot.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Daredevil's Dream

It is great fun going on a photo shoot with a mate, especially if said mate is a professional photographer. The 'Man from Saigon' has kindly let me publish one of his shots taken from the Yamba Headland of a body boarder jumping off the rocks to get to the surf break, (it's safer than it looks).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Theme Day: Bakeries

The biggest bakery in the Clarence Valley is the South Grafton Brickworks.

On the 1st day of each month the City Daily photo Community comes together and shoots/posts to a common theme Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Also contributing to the Our World Tuesday meme.
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