Beechworth

Beechworth
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In the north-east corner of Victoria is a lovely, well-preserved historical town, Beechworth, famous for its major growth during the gold rush days of the mid-1850s.  Beechworth is one of Australia’s most popular regional towns to visit and regularly features in holiday and destination programs. The town may be small, only around 4000 people live there on a permanent basis but during the holiday periods, festivals and summer months the population increases considerably.

We visited this lovely Victorian town and were taken with the history and architecture of the place.  What a great destination and not to mention that Beechworth is the home of the famous “Beechworth Bakery”.  A definite place to visit and enjoy a lovely repast.

 

Beechworth old Methodist church now used as a neighbourhood house

Beechworth old Methodist church now used as a neighbourhood house

Church cross on old Methodist church in Beechworth

Church cross on old Methodist church in Beechworth

 

Sub-Treasury building in the Historic Precinct in Beechworth

Sub-Treasury building in the Historic Precinct in Beechworth

Lovely old features can be found all over town

Lovely old features can be found all over town

Ned Kelly sculpture in Beechworth

Ned Kelly sculpture in Beechworth

Beechworth is mostly known as a gold mining town, however it is also noted that the famous Bush Ranger Ned Kelly was imprisoned there.

Ned Kelly was an infamous Australian outlaw and hero.  He was born in 1854 and was the son of an Irish ex-convict transported to Australia by the British government.  Ned was first arrested at age 14 for stealing 10 shillings.  He became an outlaw and bank robber, wanted for the murder of a policeman in the 1870’s.  Ned Kelly was arrested after a shootout with police in 1880.  His gang famously wore the metal armour (as shown in the photo).  Hanged on November 11, 1880 at Melbourne Gaol.

Beechworth Post Office

Beechworth Post Office

The Beechworth Post Office was constructed in 1870, to a design by Peter Kerr, incorporating a tower dating from 1865 and other building materials from an earlier post office building on the current site.  It represents a prominent landmark in the gold-mining centre.  It is an intact example of the larger two-story post offices of this period, incorporating a residence for the postmaster.

Beautiful flowers are seen on the streets in Beechworth

Beautiful flowers are seen on the streets in Beechworth

All images on this website are copyrighted by Kym McLeod.

 

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  1. Very informative. Love the pic’s. Have been to Beechworth and it is all of the above, beautiful to look at and lovely to walk around, reading the info plaques.

  2. I have been to Victoria but this is unfortunately something I missed. It looks absolutely Stunning.
    You make me want to go back to Australia and visit it. This region of Australia (like many others in this amazing country) has a lot to offer. Thank you for sharing it.
    What is your next project? Are you planning to write about the great ocean road. I find it to be one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
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    • Thanks for your comments JoJo! Australia is so diverse and there are many beautiful pockets tucked around the country. At present I’m enjoying food photography, however at Christmas time we are heading to the Snowy Mountains region which I hope to photograph extensively. I have photographed the Great Ocean Road many years ago with a film camera, so I’m keen to go back and photograph it again with my DSLR.

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