Well better late than never thought I’d better post before the end of the year , I am the worlds worst at keeping up with my blog however all photos can bee seen on my main website which is updated weekly at least , this is just a few shots that I have gathered since last post in November 2014.
Its been a while since I last posted so I thought I better upload some photos I have been working on recently. these latest 4 shots taken a few months ago in Kirth Kiln Regional Park in Victoria near Gembrook.Taken in the very early hours of the morning, when we arrived it was pitch black, and extremely foggy, it was super cold but beautiful at that hour.
Petone Beach a popular place a the weekends and a great dog walking beach
Rimutaka Hill – can be a treacherous drive at times especially in bad weather
my drive over was plagued by heavy rain and mist. this hill connects the city and the Hutt
Valley with the Wairarapa
Evans Bay ,Wellington
Oriental Bay ,Wellington
Fort Nepean contains a number of fortifications built from the 1880’s through to the World War 1 and World War 2. Displays and audiovisuals are located in different areas around the park and tell the story of how strategic this area was in the defense of Australia. The quarantine station is also situated in the park and I have added photos of this under a different post.
A recent visit to Tooradin turned up and absolute gem –
The Edwina May was owned by Willaim Maxwell Curtain, who was restoring this ship near the Tooradin airport, he could not find any other suitable place to work on her.
He managed to add a 6 meter section, in the middle to make her longer, then tragically his son who helped him with building boats was killed while on board another of their boats the Darwin Princess in cyclone Tracey December 25 1974. His body was never found. Max never finished the restoration and here it lies still, in the mangroves.
Legend has it that people driving past have often thought they have seen someone on board.
The quarantine station at Point Nepean established in the early 1850’s housed many passengers affected by yellow fever.
The ‘Ticonderga’ left England eighty days before arriving at Point Nepean, with eight hundred and eleven people on board. Because of the lack of the most necessary amenities and over crowding, fever developed amongst the passengers, resulting in 96 deaths during the voyage.
On her arrival at Portsea on November 6th 1852, the survivors were quarantined, their numbers being so great that tents had to be erected to provide accommodation. Here a further 82 of the ships passengers died.
Labour to dig the graves was also unavailable, and the bodies were placed vertical in recesses in the cliff face and the overhanging bank was then broken away, the resulting landslide burying them.
Many of the present building of the Point Nepean Quarantine Station were begun in 1856. The quarantine station is now a national park, where visitors can visit the Point Nepean Fort and the Quarantine Station Museum.