Western Australia and Wildflowers, so Far Away 12.

Western Australia and Wildflowers, so Far Away 12.
York and White Horses..

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After lunch we did some more walking around York. We looked at the river Avon in the parkland near the road bridge over the river, and did some more walking before setting off to go to El Caballo Blanco to see the ‘White Horses’ perform.

One of the important buildings once gold was discovered in or near an area was the Court House to settle disputes over claims and gold. This one in York was one of the early ones, even though York itself was not the major gold centre.
198208120034 Court House Sir John Forrest opened in 1895

We were surprised at the early date of these buildings, which have been converted into a motel, and continue to be in use.
198208120047 Marj at York WA motel built 1845

On the way around York we found some more old farm buildings. These were not as old as the motel just looked at, but look to have been pretty basic. One of the rooms were kitted out as an early dairy, showing the different ways milk had been handled down the years for the manufacture of butter, and this brought back vivid memories for me of what had been my father’s occupation.
198208120050 Farm Buildings Balladong York 1869 1885

This building built in 1896 as the original hospital, has long since ceased to function as such, and now it was promoted to the office of the Community Recreation Camp.
198208120077 Old York Hospital 1896

One of the first building to be built in 1840 was the residence of the man in charge of the area. The wide verandah indicates the builders had been impressed with the temperatures reached in this new country and had given up the English habit of no verandahs. When I was young I lived in several houss with wide verandahs and loved them for their shade in summer of Victoria’s nprth east. The roof would have been tiled either with slate or wooden tiles, which have been replaced some years ago.
198208120078 1840 residency magistrates home

We never found out who Faversham was, but it makes me think only someone of status would have a name as complex as Faversham. It was a very large building when built, also indicting that in 1880, before gold had been discovered here Favershams had arrived.
198208120080 Faversham Residence 1880’s York

Like the other churches the Methodist was started early, and then rebuilt when the gold was available.
198208120082 Methodist church 1852 1888 York

I cannot be sure but the first building is probably to the right of the main church.

In the parkland by the river I found one of the deepest red flowering gums which we have seen.
198208120086 Red flowering gums York

The rest of the afternoon was a visit to the El Caballo Blanco. I think it was probably Spanish for ‘White stallions’. El Caballo was established in 1974 by I think a Mr Williams who had previously travelled the world looking for the perfect horse. I think he based his ‘ranch’ perfoemaqnces on the famous Alvaro Domecq troupe at the Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts in London, although I had heard of such performances in Vienna. Williams returned to Perth and started El Caballo which in 1982 was for me one of the highlights of visiting the York area.
The numbers there on the day we were there, would not I think continue to support it. It is no longer listed in the web, but there is a resort which I believe may be the some of the buildings.
198208120088 Opening El Caballo Blanco

The troupe was excellent the day we were there, and they displayed both their riding skills and the training of their horses to perfection.
198208120089 Riding into the ring El Caballo Blanco

The ability of the horses to make movements which you do not expect of horses was great.
198208120098 On Parade El Caballo Blanco

It is probably only people who have ridden horses who appreciate the skills displayed.
198208120103 On Parade El Caballo Blanco

This was the reception area for the ‘ranch’, and not having visited Spain, I can only assume it was based on Spanish country style.
198208120111 El Caballo Blanco reception area

We headed back to Northam for another night’s rest, but before doing so we spent time walking on the banks of the Avon River. I had not expected white swans.
198208120113 Swans in Line Northam

We had a very interesting day.

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Western Australia and Wildflowers, so Far Away 12.

Fred Mitchell

St Helena, Australia

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After lunch we did some more walking around York. We looked at the river Avon in the parkland near the road bridge over the river, and did some more walking before setting off to go to El Caballo Blanco to see the ‘White Horses’ perform.

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