Luxury Living From The Past in Sofala NSW by Bev Woodman

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This once regal looking property in Sofala was unoccupied when we were there five years ago and looked like it needed restoring badly. I haven’t been able to find out the history of this one but it looks like it would have been owned by someone quite well-to-do.

During the 1851 gold rush in this region the masses followed the gold along the river but after heavy rains and reports of other finds many migrated to where the “bullock track between Mudgee and Bathurst forded the Turon River”. This site was surrounded on all sides by towering mountains and it was here along the river’s banks that half of the Turon’s overal population of over 2,000 settled in an area of less than 20 acres. Visualise the mass line of tents, with no sanitation or general cleanliness, the frost and snow that blankets this area in winter and the stinking heat in the summer. The Sydney Morning Herald of 21st July 1851 announced that this settlement would be known as Sofala, so named after a district in Mozambique.


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  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...almost 6 years ago

    Wow fantastic excellent work

  • Hi Hans – thanks for the Wow – always love that and thanks for the comment

    – Bev Woodman

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

    Great image Bev! Almost looks like a haunted house!

  • Hi Raquel – it actually reminded me of a haunted house too – I would like to know its history so hopefully someone else might know. Thanks for the comments

    – Bev Woodman

  • jansnow
    jansnowalmost 6 years ago

    Bev this is an excellent image, I love the colors the textures, and everything about it!!

  • Thanks Jan and so pleased to hear your comments – to think I nearly didn’t put these three on RB – so glad I did

    – Bev Woodman

  • Andrew Woodman
    Andrew Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot…would be great to do up.

  • Thanks Woody – it doesn’t look too bad in the photo but from memory it was pretty fragile

    – Bev Woodman

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot Bev! I think it’s one of the 3 original pubs, but am still trying to confimr that ……the photo I took last week (which I will upload as well) see’s considerable deterioration on this shot. In fact 12 months ago when we were out there it was for sale. 8 months ago when we were out there it was being restored…last week, all restoration work appeared to have ceased and the small brick cottage on the same block looks like it is now housing the owners?

  • Thanks Sonia for the update – it looks like it was a substantial building and probably a hotel. I know the back view of it was pretty bad and I actually wondered why it was still upright! I would be interested to see your shot to compare

    – Bev Woodman

  • jadeast
    jadeastalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Bev and wonderful series!

  • Thanks Jade and pleased you like this series.

    – Bev Woodman

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKalmost 6 years ago

    Bev, this is great I too like to take photos of old houses and buildings when I get the chance.

  • Thanks Gloria for the comment – I think it is important to capture these old buildings before they disappear – at least we will have a record that they existed.

    – Bev Woodman

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghalmost 6 years ago

    I have seen this place so many times. A wonderful shot of it. As a child, Hill End was a favourite destination. After all these years I never tire of visiting.

  • Thanks Lorraine – I’m so pleased you’ve experienced this beautiful place.

    – Bev Woodman

  • shakey
    shakeyalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture Bev. Interesting looking house.

  • Thanks Shakey for the comment – its a beauty but in need of repair

    – Bev Woodman

  • Danielle Davenport
    Danielle Daven...almost 6 years ago

    Great shot Bev… you framed this perfectly!

  • Thank you Danielle for the comment – I love to get feedback

    – Bev Woodman

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