The Sunday porch: Ballarat, Victoria

Dear readers,
I’m currently in the process of moving from Stuttgart to Pennsylvania. I hope to be back with you soon.
— Cindy
Margaret Bryans standing on the verandah of a wooden house, Ballarat, Victoria, ca. 1935, via The Biggest Family Album in Australia, Museums Victoria Collections (under CC license).

Little Bendigo

“Woman and children in home garden, Little Bendigo, Ballarat, Victoria, 1876,” by unknown photographer, via The Biggest Family Album in Australia, Museums Victoria Collections on flickr.

Harriet, Caroline, and Harriet Mary Whitaker are shown in front of their home on Lofven Street. (A photo of their neighbors is here.)

Little Bendigo was the site of a small gold rush in the 1860s. It took inspiration from Bendigo, Victoria, an important gold mining boomtown of the 1850s. In 1881, the town’s name became Nerrina.

Vintage landscape: a curious garden

So many little faces. . .

Old Curiosity Shop, Museum Victoria Garden and wall of the Old Curiosity Shop, Ballarat, Australia, ca. 1895, via Museum Victoria.

“Little girls would bring their broken dolls to Mr Warwick for him to mortar into this wall,” according to the museum’s online catalogue.

The photo (and the one below) were contributed by Mrs Wilma Mahoney to The Biggest Family Album of Australia project.

Old Curiosity Shop, 1895, Museum VictoriaMr. and Mrs. Warwick in the garden of their Old Curiosity Shop, ca. 1895.

Happy Halloween!