Shadows Of The Past - Hartley Historic Park - The HDR Series

Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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This shot shows St. Bernard’s Presbytery and St. Bernard’s Church (1842) still operating as a Catholic church , are those clouds of spirits of settlers past ?

Hartley is a 19th century village on the western edge of the Blue Mountains in a small tributary valley of the River Lett. It consists of 17 buildings of historic significance dating from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse to the timber and iron Corneys Garage built in 1945. There are also a large number of portable artifacts and family histories.

The village is set amongst pastures, orchards, native vegetation and the remnants of 19th and 20th century cottage gardens. It was reserved as a historic site for the protection of a substantial and well-preserved remnant of one of the first rural settlements west of the Blue Mountains, one which played an essential role in the development of inland Australia.

Hartley Historic Site – Building and Structure, Historic Site
The need for a police centre in the Hartley Valley led to the construction of
the Hartley Court House in 1837. Over the next 50 years a bustling village
grew around the court house. The area was the judicial and administrative
centre, with churches and accommodation, a post office and staging facilities.
It served both travellers and settlers west of the Blue Mountains.

In 1887 the village was surpassed by the Great Western Railway, resulting in
stagnation and decline. In 1972 the site was declared as an historic site
under the Management of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Today, the village comprises 17 buildings of historical significance (two of
which are privately owned). The village remains a fine example of a small
19th century settlement. Visitors can tour the historic court house, visit
the Information Centre or explore the many buildings and gardens.

Historic Buildings:
Old Trahlee (1840)
Post Office (1846)
St. Bernard’s Presbytery and St. Bernard’s Church (1842) still operating as a Catholic church
Shamrock Inn Cottage (1841)
Court House (1837)

The shot was taken using my magic Nikon D300, comprising of 4 bracketted images processed in Photomatix HDR softwaree

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