I was in Beechworth for a flying visit last week. There wasn’t much time to look around, but we stayed near the Cemetery and drove past the facade of the Ovens District Hospital. Photographs taken at these two locations form the gallery below. The Hospital was constructed in the years 1862-1864 and demolished in 1940.
The Cemetery has a large section of historic Chinese graves associated with the gold mining boom in the mid to late 1800’s.
An elaborate, Victorian era fountain stands dry,, so this fish is literally out of water.
I wanted to capture the weathering of the stone rather than the details of the person.
The facade of the Ovens District Hospital, demolished in 1940.
I love the colour of this stone and the way the combination of weathering and lighting subtly change the colour.
Many graves had long-leaved plants growing on them. I liked the contrast between the bright greens and the rusted wrought iron.
Lines of sunlight and shadow create a lovely crosshatched pattern with the layers of stone.
I wonder who ‘Little Rupert” was and what happened to those who cared for him?
At the centre of the Cemetery stands a huge pine tree covered with these beautiful green pine cones.
Detail of the Ovens District Hospital facade, showing the corner stones..