Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February Photo Collage - Day 19 - Clover Banks

This post is for day 19 of the February Photo Collage FestivalToday's photograph from my February Photo Collage shows the 'smithy' (blacksmiths) and barn at 'Clover Banks', Avonmore, Victoria. Thanks to my cousin John H. for a copy of this photograph. 

This property, 'Clover Banks', on the banks of Bendigo Creek, was selected by my Great Great Grandfather Peter Fullerton in the 1870s and lived there for the rest of his life with his wife Dorothea and family of nine daughters and three sons (his second daughter, Alice Maud, died as an infant in 1879). 

The outbuildings and the house are no longer standing. Although the property is no longer owned by a Fullerton descendant, the current owners were kind enough to allow a small group of descendants to have a look around the old home site in February 2009. What follows is a slideshow of some of the photographs I took that day. You'll see from my photographs that, like many old home sites, there are several old Peppercorn trees on the site of 'Clover Banks'. I also photographed bricks from the old house site, an old fence, the old orchard, the remains of some of the outbuildings, the Bendigo Creek, and even an old mine shaft that Peter Fullerton dug himself. 

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  1. You're so lucky to have a photo of the original buildings - so often we just have to use our imaginations.

  2. Isn't it a privilege to stand on the land of our ancestors, and share the generosity of strangers who welcome us. I love the photo of the old smithy, but also those fragmentary reminders of an earlier inhabitation.

  3. Phew!!! Folks sure did have HUGE families back in those days, eh Aillin. That's a great photo of the old Smithy and wonderful pics of your visit.
    As a child, I was told that the Peppertrees around old homes were there because the peppercorns (not of the type that we flavour our food with) were scattered through the trunks of the Pioneers as protections against, insects & bugs and then took root and thrived. Don't know if this is true? ... Cheers, Catherine.

  4. I like the pictures and the way you made a slide show of them. I'll have to try that sometime. It must have been rather emotional to stand on the same land your great great grandparents once lived on.


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