Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bus Tour!

While you all were dreaming about your Halloween costumes Dan and I spent our October 31st on a bus tour offered by the historical society where I volunteer.  We traveled north for about an hour, stopping at the Bindoon historical society and museum, and then continued north to a restored early homestead from the 1850's.  Apart from the flies, it was really enjoyable, but not always for the "correct" reasons.

But it would be easier to show you.  The museum was housed in a large shed, and was donated in its entirety by two local residents, who I think just needed to clean out the attic/garage. 

There was some farm equipment and an old car,
but the museum consisted mostly of random things.  Like these wrenches,
and lots of toy dump trucks,

as well as gauges.  Though here, I was most interested in the labels being stuck on to the gauges with scotch tape.

I did like this twist on a common sign however.

After spending some time exploring the other buildings on the property, we continued on to the homestead. 

The people who own the property don't live there, but use it to store their other collections.  It was weird to go in to the bedrooms and see early American quilts adorning the beds, but still enjoyable.  What stuck out the most to me was how different 1850's farmhouses in not-so-outback Australia look like compared to the farmhouses in Midwest US.  There's no where near as much wood here, and there was no infrastructure at that point, no trains, no roads, barely any people, so everything was really basic.  The barn on the property was built by what they call ticketed leave men, who were English prisoners sent to Australia to both get them out of England, and to help build up Australia.

On that semi-serious note, I'll leave you with one last photo from inside the homestead that cracked me up.  It's a (poorly) drawn colored pencil image of a kangaroo.

1 comment:

  1. :) We could create that from my grandmother's shed...