A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Hillgrove is a small village 30kms to the east of Armidale, it sits 1000m above the Bakers Creek Gorge. It owes it existence to mining, particulrly antimony, which is still conterversially extracted today. At it's height around 1900 Hillgrove had a population of around 3,000 with numerous hotels, shops and associated community buildings and industry. Today it's population is barely 100 with virtually all the commercial buildings long gone.
The beautiful old Post & Telegraph Office ( 1901-1947) is the last substantial building left on the main street.
There is still lots to see in Hillgrove and for the rest of the week I'll be showing you the sights of interest.
There is an interesting memorial to two citizens of Hillgrove who fought and died in the Boer War attached to the front of the post office. Below is a patriotic gathering in support of the Boer War.