Hugo Louis Beyers built and lived in this cottage and today it stands as a monument not only to his life but also to the history of Hill End and its gold mining past. Beyers settled the district sometime after his arrival from Poland in 1856. He is renowned for his partnership with Bernhard Otto Holtermann and it was during this partnership in 1872 that the huge “Holtermann Nugget” (estimated to weigh 3000 ozs) was found. It was Beyers who put in the hard work on Hawkins Hill to find the nugget but unfortunately Holtermann climbed to fame and fortune when he took public credit for the find. Throughout his time in Hill End Beyers was well liked serving many terms on the council and as lord mayor of the municipality but despite his rich involvement in gold mining left the district for Western Australia in 1899 a poor man where he is recorded as dying there (date to be researched).
This is but one story from this historic area. Many brilliant books and photographs have recorded its history but to experience it yourself is to add true gold to your life♥
A difficult building to photograph due to the historic fencing around the property. Taken in early morning winter light with the Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270 mm lens and hand held.