Moliagul Church from the 1800s

02 Mar



One of the pleasures I enjoy in life, apart from travelling and exploring out of the way places, is actually photographing remnants from Australia’s past. Old buildings, scraps of material from our early pioneering days, and old reminders of days long gone now.

This old church I have posted before under the blog of Captain Mackenzie,

This old church is situated in central Victoria, the state I live in, it was actually constructed over a hundred and fifty years ago, during the early gold rush days here in Victoria.

I love these pictures, as ever one tells a story just by its architecture and construction, and also the era it portrays. I don’t really have to write a story, I just let my imagination float free in Australian history.

Looking upon this old stone church that was erected in the mid 1800s, images come to mind, firstly it was erected when gold rushes were breaking out all throughout central Victoria. Days of gold miners chasing their dreams, early settlers and squatters looking for land and agriculture as a means of livelihood. These were the days of floods, droughts, fires and disillusionment.

This old church would have seen many weddings, funerals and christenings in those days, days before cars when horse and buggy were the norm, parties and wakes celebrated in the local shanty where rum and beer would be sold, purchased by money gleaned from the shiny elusive gold in the ground.

A time when bushrangers roamed the mountains and dirt tracks transporting the gold to the nearest major towns.

This old church tells a story all on its own, you only have to let your imagination roam free in the annals of history.

Aussie Emu


Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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7 responses to “Moliagul Church from the 1800s

  1. suchled

    March 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Keep it going mate. Maybe between the two of us we can tell some stories that need to be told.

    • The Emu

      March 3, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Stack of story’s to tell mate but age is closing in, have so much to still to do yet, I need to get back into the Strathbogie ranges and finish filming my Aboriginal rock walls, also get back up to Marysville and catch the elusive trout, also go to Bamaga Cape york to film the Chinese remote Pearl divers cemetery. Might just scrape it all in yet.
      Guess your life is full of story’s, keep writing mate.

  2. prenin

    March 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This is an amazing piece of work if you think about it – the only chisel work is around the windows!!! 🙂

    Thanks for this one Ian! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      March 3, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Agree with you Prenin,pity the buildings of today don’t incorporate the Soul of mankind as in the past.
      All they seem to be is monstrosities or terrorist targets.

  3. Eddie Two Hawks

    March 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    The photo certainly recalls the old days when times were much different in many ways and yet there is still much that is the same about mankind and his such for gold and glory.
    Thank you Emu for this great look back in time though this wonderful old photo. Eddie

    • The Emu

      March 3, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Thanks for the comment and visit Eddie, I do love the days from the past, not only for the nostalgia, but for what the buildings and era represented, sadly today’s edifices don’t really incorporate the Soul of mankind.

  4. einfachtilda

    March 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Eine schöne Woche wünsche ich dir ❤ Mathilda


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