I have been to Creswick a fair few times before as it is the venue for our Guiding region camp. However, pretty much every time I have been there it has been lashing with rain or freezing cold! Every time I have left there I have thought, “I must come back here when the weather is good!” as the landscape is beautiful. It is very rural and the town is very quaint. Well, today was the day! We went to Creswick as the next chapter of our A-Z of Victoria!
It takes about an hour to get to Creswick from our house, which makes it about an hour and a half from Melbourne. Creswick started off as a little rural outpost but, like many places in Victoria, it had something of a boom when gold was found in the late 1800s.
We had a good look at all the young, handsome, hopeful faces looking out at us from the Roll of Honour from Creswick School. It was so sad to see groups of three and four young men with the same surname and a year or two in age between them all displayed there – I couldn’t help but think of their poor mothers, all her boys gone …
Moving on to another room, I was tickled by this picture of the council in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. I especially like the bloke in the back row who couldn’t bear to stand up straight long enough to get his picture taken!!
Back out in the sunshine, we had a walk around the town. Creswick is a funny little place. There are old, ornate brick buildings right alongside modern shops. There is this lovely old Post Office building
I loved this hardware shop – established in 1854 and still in business today, occupying both the brick and cream shops. I’d like to think it is the same family who have owned all this time, but it was closed so who knows?!
Seriously, Dazza, I know you are proud of your butcher shop but that is a terrible shop name!!
A few years ago, just after we first got here, Creswick was affected by terrible floods. The whole of the main street and lots of the surrounding areas were underwater. This was not something we had to worry about today – quite the opposite in fact.
We’ll be back to Creswick, it’s a lovely town to visit (and we never got as far as the woollen mill – that might be a jaunt for Ruby and I while A & Michael are fishing!), and hopefully next time we are camping there the weather will be as beautiful as it was today!!