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Old Cottage - Sofala NSW by Bev Woodman

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Just one of the many old cottages scattered amongst the mullock heaps along the Turon River near Sofala NSW. Gold was first recorded as being discovered in Australia in 1823 by James McBrien (a Government Surveyor) at the junction of the Eusdale Creek and the Fish River but nothing further came of this. That same year a Bathurst convict also found gold while working on the chain gang however his overseer dismissed it as being something ‘stolen’. In 1839, Count Paul Strzelecki located small amounts of gold at Hartley Vale in the Blue Mountains. This news was kept quiet because of the fear of mutiny by the convict community. There were other finds in 1841 by a Scottish clergyman, The Rev W B Clarke but again he was asked to keep the news quiet … and then Hugh MacGregor a shepherd from Inverness … etc. It wasn’t until 1851 that Edward Hargraves was credited with finding gold at Ophir on the Turon River however history initially omitted to tell the true story that it was actually James Lister, James Tom & William Tom Jnr who had actually found the gold although Hargraves could be credited with showing them how to ‘cradle for gold’ – a technique he had learnt in the Californian Gold Fields. The gold rush then followed the Turon River before spreading far and wide. Sofala is one such town along the river that sprung up during this era and remains today, almost untouched by the outside world.

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  • jadeast
    jadeastover 6 years ago

    Beautiful looks likea great getaway!

  • Thanks Jade – I took this shot probably five years ago and have only just unearthed it in my archives after viewing Sonia’s shots tonight on Sofala (Earthgypsy) – another special place!

    – Bev Woodman

  • Tate6
    Tate6over 6 years ago

    So interesting, Bev! Great shot also.

  • Thanks for the comment – it looked all snug tucked away where it was.

    – Bev Woodman

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 6 years ago

    Wahoo!! Where’s that one? Great work.

  • Hi Sonia – this was just out of town further up the river – head out through the main street and just keep going – it was a couple of klms up the road. There were heaps of old places up there – I’ve actually just turned up a cottage on the Turon in this area for rent so may plan another trip soon.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Jan Richardson
    Jan Richardsonover 6 years ago

    Great shot, Bev!

  • Thanks Jan – always love it when you comment

    – Bev Woodman

  • shakey
    shakeyover 6 years ago

    Nice shot and history Bev.

  • Thank you – there is so much history and I usually like to add something to give the scene some character.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous Bev!

  • Thanks Raquel for commenting – I always appreciate your feedback

    – Bev Woodman

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyover 6 years ago

    beautifully captured Bev

  • Thanks Cazz for the comments

    – Bev Woodman

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 6 years ago

    Great capture and history.

  • Thank you Glenda for your comments – muchly appreciated

    – Bev Woodman

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Great find and history. Well done Bev.

  • Thanks for the feedback – this one is tucked out of town a bit, still had curtains on the windows but looked deserted – maybe just a weekender.

    – Bev Woodman

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 6 years ago

    G’day Bev! This is a well composed and colourful shot! Back in the olden days, we used to go to Sofala and HillEnd and camp by the Turon. Your addition of the history of the area adds another dimension to the picture. Those early times were full of the excitement of exploration – I wonder if the kids of today are taught the true (as distinct from politically correct, sanitised) stories of our pioneering past? One suspects not, sadly, which is why your series is also educational. :)george

  • Thanks George for the wonderful feedback and yes you are right about the kids of today – we had such good down to earth fun and thankfully so did my boys too. Capturing these old buildings will help preserve their history for coming generations.

    – Bev Woodman

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