Western Australia and Wildflowers, so Far Away 11.

Western Australia and Wildflowers, so Far Away 11.
A morning in York.

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Today was full to the brim with pleasure. We would spend time with old buildings and talk to people who were proud of their occupation.

We had come through York on the way to Northam, and decided it looked so interesting we had to go back. York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, and is understandably proud. When Perth was first settled the pioneers soon found that it was not a particularly good farming area, and so an expedition inland over the ranges was made to locate some decent farmland. An area beside the Avon river was chosen, and settled from 1831 on. The town was well established when the gold rushes of the 1880’s occurred, and during this time most of the major buildings were built.
On the way from Northam we passed this old house, which was no longer in use, but still proudly standing.
198208120003 Old House Northam to York road

Another large building from a much later date also indicated how profitable framing had been. You do not build barns this big if your farm is not prosperous.
198208120004 Old Barn York

I think it may have growed like Topsy as there two quite distinct architectural styles in the building. Early stonework, and then later galvanised iron.

As was usual at that time, churches did take long to be erected. I believe this was founded in 1858 and rebuilt in 1893, probably as the building we see now.
198208120005 Holy Trinity May 1893 11 Nov 1858 York

This the interior of the church.
198208120007 Interior Holy Trinity York 5 1893 11 2 2858

and this is the manse.

The town hall of York was a little late in being built, but it was an excellent building both from its external appearance
198208120010 York Town Hall 1911

And for its interior, which was undergoing maintenance when we visited.
198208120012 Interior York Town Hall 1911

The Imperial Hotel, although it had seen better days was still very much alive.
198208120013 Imperial Hotel 1886 York

We had met a train between York and Narrogin, and there was an important rail centre in York. The system was still a manual operation of switches and the clearing of trains to run between two different stations was still being covered by the staff system (It is still in use in Melbourne in 2010 between two of our local stations which have a railway viaduct between them, although the rest of Melbourne’s signalling is electronic). The Station Master was very pleased to talk about the system and demonstrate how it worked.
198208120018 Station Master York changing staff

The importance of the station to the town is seen in the Station Master’s home.
198208120021 York Station Masters House.

As with the Anglican and Methodist churches in the area, the Roman Catholic had built in two stages, the initial one before the discovery of gold and a later stage after gold had been discovered.
198208120023 Church St Patrick York 1875 1886

The York Post Office was not as impressive as Kalgoorlie, but then it was not the major gold supplier that Kalgoorlie turned out to be. For a farming town it is impressive.
198208120025 Post Office York 1893

The highlight of the morning in York, and where we spent most of our time was in The York Motor Museum. Most of that time was looking at the old motor bikes of which they had a good collection, and all at the time were said to be able to be fired up. It was a terrible place to take photos of anything in, as they had more museum pieces than space, and the lighting was virtually non-existent. I used flash and was very disappointed in its performance. Looking back now with more experience I can see that the equipment, like the photographer was just not up to the job being asked of it.
198208120027 1925 Coventry Eagle York

After our time in the Museum we had lunch, looked at a littlemore York and then headed off for El Caballo Blanco and the white horses.

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Today was full to the brim with pleasure. We would spend time with old buildings and talk to people who were proud of their occupation.

Spend most of my time with images of yesterday (or before), but enjoy use of the Pentax K3 when possible.

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  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonover 4 years ago

    Going in Sept Fred… hope York still looks the same… LOL, think the cars will be a little different!

  • Thanks for your interest. Car Museums tend to disappear when the nut who owns it dies, and so the time may have taken its toll on the museum. Have a good trip, and great wildflower shots.

    – Fred Mitchell

  • Darren Stones
    Darren Stonesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group, 10 April 2010.

    The architecture of years ago sure beats that of today, Fred. An enjoyable read accompanied by beaut images. Well done.

  • Thank you for your comments.

    – Fred Mitchell

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature. York sounds great and what a fantastic town hall.

  • Thank you for looking at the writing. We enjoyed the day, and thanks for expressing your pleasure with it.

    – Fred Mitchell

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    York is on my list of places to visit – great shots

  • We loved York.

    – Fred Mitchell

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Great journey through York and surrounds. Some truly beautiful buildings and interesting history. Funnily enough, many of the barns around Eastern Ontario are of the hybrid variety, too, with newish construction on the older foundations. Very enjoyable, Fred. And congratulations on the most well deserved feature.

  • Thank you.

    – Fred Mitchell

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