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Hill End, NSW via Sweet Wayfaring Blog: November 2012

Sweet Wayfaring

"To muse, to creep, to halt at will, to gaze ... such sweet wayfaring" William Wordsworth

The Australian gold rushes. Chinese gold digger starting for work, circa 1860s.

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Sam Hand's Boarding House Image: Sam Hand's Boarding House, in the settlement of Home Rule, near Gulgong, NSW, 1872 (Charles Bayliss, State Library of NSW

Sam Hand's Boarding House Image: Sam Hand's Boarding House, in the settlement of Home Rule, near Gulgong, NSW, 1872 (Charles Bayliss, State Library of NSW

Louisa Lawson and son Charles at Gulgong

Henry Lawson: poet of the people

Henry Lawson, a writer wrote of the hearts of men, and he followed their tracks afar; for his was a spirit that forced his pen to write of the things that are.

Hill End, NSW. This is a different area and later in time, but several of Sun Ma's letters refer to the ubiquitous and treacherous mud, so I imagine the diggings around Castlemaine and the developing city itself were muddy, uncomfortable, and dangerous places.

Hill End, NSW. This is a different area and later in time, but several of Sun Ma's letters refer to the ubiquitous and treacherous mud, so I imagine the diggings around Castlemaine and the developing city itself were muddy, uncomfortable, and dangerous places.

Miner Man, seated outside a wattle & daub hut, a cattle dog standing beside him. via State Library of Victoria Collections

Bassmen

Miner Man, seated outside a wattle & daub hut, a cattle dog standing beside him.

Alfred Newman, auctioneer, in the building which also served as the first Post Office, Hill End, 1872

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Henry Stuart's Great Western Store, Hill End / from the Holtermann collection at the State Library of NSW

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Main Street Sofala, NSW, Australia. Donna Mitchell asked me to find pictures of this old mining town on Google Earth.

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Old house at Wattle Flats.

Old house at Wattle Flats.