I don't have a family photo of this spot but various branches of the family certainly spent a lot of time in the area. The Sims family had a holiday house, called Mitiamo House, in the spa town of Hepburn Springs in central Victoria. The Alford family stayed in a guest house when they holidayed there. Daylesford is nearby. The towns were originally established because of gold mining but the spa springs took over as the main attraction. Both towns are still very popular. Jubilee Lake was constructed in 1860 as a water supply.
|Jubilee Lake, Daylesford, Australia (Old Postcard folder)|
And something out of left field. I have an album of tiny photos taken by an Australian soldier during World War 2.** I'm not sure who the soldier was as yet but he was stationed on Morotai and then Tarakan after the islands were taken back from the Japanese. Both are small islands in the Indonesian group. Coincidentally my father, Angus Wyllie, was also on Morotai during WW2 with the AIF's 'Z Special' reconnaissance unit.
|'Swimming Beach', Morotai Island, Indonesia, WW2|
|Tarakan Island, WW2|
** You can see more photos from this album in my Flickr photostream.
Great postcards. Maybe I will start collecting some too. Your last two photographs look quite calm and peaceful, especially considering that they were in the middle of WW2 - thankfully no bombs in sight!ReplyDelete
Jubilee Lake looks so lovely & peaceful. No wonder members of your family liked to go there!ReplyDelete
I was intrigued by the photograph of Largs in Scotland - I have never seen it that busy.ReplyDelete
Interested to see your photo of Tarakan. My Dad was stationed there in the last months of WW2.ReplyDelete
Did you see the link to my Flickr photos at the end of the blogpost Jill? You'll find more Tarakan photos there.Delete
Even the WWII photos look very peaceful.ReplyDelete
They do seem to be looking at some sort of program in the one with all the boats and people.ReplyDelete
Those photos capture the ethereal sense of loneliness quite well - even though in many cases - like the Largs photo - they are full of crowds.ReplyDelete
Love the one of Jubilee Lake - not that peaceful anymore, especially on weekends. Still a lovely place.ReplyDelete
Your father is rather special.ReplyDelete
I wouldn't have recognised Largs from that postcard. The jeep in the first WW2 photo looks as if it is parked for a quick getaway.ReplyDelete
My great uncle lived in Daylesford, so I love seeing pictures of the place in old postcards, esecially as that one looks to be his era. A very peaceful view too.ReplyDelete
These three sites almost look like they are from a movie set --- also set me to googling and tearing around on google maps.ReplyDelete
Always interesting to see locales from across the ocean, good post!ReplyDelete
I love that first photo - it's positively idyllic!ReplyDelete
Lovely island photos. I'm drawn to the Largs, Scotland one - it looks poetic. The "Swimming Beach" reminds me of the beach scene in Twilight.ReplyDelete
The water-based festival in Scotland reminds me of 4th of July at Smith Mountain Lake. Everyone comes by boat for the fireworks, and it's a crazy jumble going home. Officials enforce a no-wake zone during festivals like this. The boaters in Scotland look like they might have had a number of boat crashes.ReplyDelete
that 3rd one, on Morotai Island, is odd and interesting at once.
Thanks for sharing these with us.
I am loving all these beautiful and serene photographs.ReplyDelete
Wow, beautiful postcards! I can not decide which I like most, they are all very special.ReplyDelete