Beyer's Cottage - Hill End NSW Australia by Bev Woodman

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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.


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I love the challenge of capturing what I see, admire and love. To share it with you is an added bonus. Photography to me is recording history. Please explore my galleries and enjoy♥

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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 3 years ago

    The fencing adds to this , as does the shadow of it in the foreground. I love seeing these old cottages and you have to wonder how people managed, especially as most had a whole swag of kids as well. Gorgeous photo and I can think of a few arty friends who would love to paint this.

  • Thanks Peter for your always welcome comment. Many people have painted this and many other old cottages in town. There is quite a strong resident artist group in the area and their work is wonderful♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 3 years ago

    A great piece of Aussie history Bev :))

  • Thank you Julie for the comment and favourite …most who visit the area take this photo or similar but this is my version♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Anna Ryan
    Anna Ryanover 3 years ago

    Wow looks like a great old place, bit run down and all. Makes for an awesome shot. :)

  • Thank you Nessa … they have attempted to restore it as there is new guttering and down piples (I photoshopped one out as it was distracting)- it is heritage listed so hopefully it will be preserved♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 3 years ago

    Nice one Bev.

  • Thank you Donovan … I just these old houses in this area♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoover 3 years ago

    Wonderful, great capture :)

  • Thank you sincerely for commenting on this one … its well preserved for its age♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • jadeast
    jadeastover 3 years ago

    Well fence or not you did a great job with this Bev!

  • I have them with the fence in the foreground but so many take that shot … I thought this one was a little different♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 3 years ago

    Great looking old place Bev, you must have had a ball there,lol. Great pic too. :)

  • Thanks Sharon … I just love going there … been twice this year and have another trip planned … its worth the five hour drive for the weekend. There may be a Red Bubble meet up there in April/May next year if you are interested … stay tuned♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    This is great Bev. A fav for me for sure.

  • Thanks Al for the comment and the favourite. These old cottages had so much character and it looks like this one had real style♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • cullodenmist
    cullodenmistover 3 years ago

    Beautifully shot mate….
    And a great info story to go with it….
    I hope you are enjoying my latest series as much as I have enjoyed this shot.

  • Thanks Larry for the comment … I’m thrilled you liked this one. Somehow you disappeared off my watchlist but I’ve fixed that now♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 3 years ago

    wow Bev this is really history, I love these old houses.

  • Thanks Gloria … especially for the Wow … always love a wow!!

    – Bev Woodman

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