Late afternoon at Kiandra Cemetery (Kosciuszko National Park)

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NGUNNAWAL, Australia

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I get up to Kiandra area (Australia) often as the area is littered with history and a great place to take a camera.

Built on the wave of a goldrush in 1860, Kiandra was once home to thousands of people and survived for 100 years. Although gold was the reason it arose, the town became best known as the birthplace of Australian skiing.

Gold was discovered in a creekbed in 1859, and soon 15 hotels and 30 stores stood ready for the rush, which lived up to all expectations. A 9kg nugget was extracted from ancient river deposits under the basalt cap of what became known as New Chum Hill.

Unfortunately, the rush last only 18 months and the town quickly dwindled in size. The last resident left Kiandra in 1974.

The extent of the areas harsh climate is clearly evident when one visits the small cemetery (pictured) on the hill over looking the old town. The sign reads:

“Between 1891 and 1912, records indicate that 47 people were buried here. Details of their deaths are listed below:

Ages:
0-3 years: 19
4-20 years: 4
21-40 years: 2
41-50 years: 4
51-60 years: 2
61-70 years: 9
71-80 years: 4
81-90 years: 1
Unknown: 2

Cause of death -
Accidents: 2
Suicides: 1
Juvenile Diseases: 4
Respiratory Diseases: 15
Other Diseases: 9
Exposure: 2
Natural Causes: 5
Old Age: 6
Unknown: 3

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