By Tim Barlow
“Ned Kelly woz here, ’78” was not inscribed on the old River Red Gum standing on Gooram Falls (pictured above), but I reckon there’s a good chance he and his fellows may have spent time here as they planned the raid on the National Bank at Euroa on December 10th, 1878.
These waterfalls are a well-known local feature where swimmers and picnickers have idled away many sunny afternoons (and moonlit Saturday nights). Located on the Sevens Creek as it descends the western face of the Strathbogie Ranges and about 18 km south of Euroa, it would be an idyllic spot to plan a bank robbery.
It may even be that the site was too popular for the gang to stop by after the Euroa bank job. Continue reading
Following a wet Autumn and early Winter – the best Autumn break many locals can remember, over 800mm to end-July, August rainfall went missing. Most high-rainfall parts of the Ranges got less than 20mm for the month! Yes, yes, in March and April the BOM kept telling us that a mild El Niño was on the horizon, but May, June and July convinced us they were wrong. Continue reading
The Strathbogie Tableland Landcare Group recently installed a new educational sign along the walking path in the Bridge to Bridge Reserve. Better get over there and take a look.
There was a ripple in the water that attracted attention. (Image, M. Warren)
A visitor to the Bridge to Bridge Reserve at Smith’s Bridge, Strathbogie, spied something very special in the Seven Creeks.
As the ripple got closer, the Platypus was clearly visible swimming on the surface. (Image, M. Warren)
August has been so very dry; perhaps that’s helping some of our wildflowers push through. Here are some pics of Spring’s early wildflowers in the Lima South district.
Helmet Orchid, Corybas sp. (I. Herbert)
Greenhood, Pterostylis sp (I. Herbert)
Varnish Wattle, Acacia verniciflua (I. Herbert)
Variable Groundsel, Senecio pinnatifolius.
Varnish Wattle, Acacia verniciflua.
Grey Guinea Flower, Hibbertia obtusifolia.
Urn heath, Melichrus urceolatus.
Cat’s-claw Grevillea, Grevilea alpina.
Common Correa, rough leaf form (Correa reflexa)
Prickly Bush-pea, Pultenaea juniperina.
Austral Mulberry, Hedycarya angustifolia.
Cream Candles, Stackhousia monogyna
Common Beard-heath, Leucopogon parviflorus.
Were these walls built by early settlers and shepherds to mark property boundaries or are they pre European in origin?
A network of stone wall sections follow the ridgelines and gullies linking the rocky north facing foothills to the plains below. They have been noted from Faithfuls Creek to Burnt Creek and are most extensive around Longwood East. The building style of each structure is unique, displaying various skill levels . Some walls are low rubble piles , others higher, many link large boulders and there are often very heavy rocks incorporated into the stonework. These walls are not continuous but many sections stretch over 150m without a break.
Have you noticed these very old walls on you property or heard stories of where they occur?
Can anyone offer explanations as to their origin?