Porcupine Village

Rosie Appleton

Berwick, Australia

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A camera club outing in Sept 2007

Porcupine Township, an original alluvial diggings site, near Maldon in central Victoria and a recreated a goldfield’s village. The township covers a span of eighteen years from 1835 – 1853 when the colony of Port Phillip (later Victoria) was historically the most turbulent, exciting place in the world, the fastest growing and the richest with the discovery of alluvial gold.

The original gold diggings contain miners’ campsites, a miners’ store, a cemetery, and bush tracks through both Chinese and Australian diggings. The Township itself is a careful collection of the buildings, facilities and accoutrements used by the miners, tradespeople and their families. Every building houses tools of trade, furnishings and fittings which can not only be seen but can be touched. The clothing store has an extensive collection of period costumes which can be worn for photographs and re-enactments, while the doctor’s surgery even has its sign advertising amputations at short notice! The typical entertainments and diversions of the time are well represented – Magetti’s Wine Hall, famous for the game of Italian Bowls introduced by the Magetti family, and the eleven murders committed there; the Spencer Hotel; and a Bath House.

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