Day Trip 26 September 2014

We Travelled to Horsham to looked around the shops and had lunch at a lovely little café. The food and coffee were very good.

Lunch in Horsham 1s

From Horsham we travelled along the Wimmera Highway and stopped at Mount Arapiles. It is well worth the trip for the view from the top with a road taking you most of the way up and a clime of about 150 metres to the lookout. The view goes all the way to the horizon with many lakes dotted over the landscape.

Mt Arapiles top 1

We then travelled to Edenhope where we found out where Mary Vale station was located ( I needed to locate this place as I was hopeful of getting some photos of the old buildings there as part of my research into the life of Margaret Jardine (Nee Henry) who died on Albacutya Run in 1866 and is buried at the side of a sandy track.

She was married at Mary vale but more on her in the history tab latter. We had passed the station some 25 k back so we went back and found it. The property is no longer the size it once was in acres as it used to take up many square miles of the region, but some of the old buildings from the 1860s are still standing at the homestead site. Most of the original buildings  were made from gum slabs cut with an axe.  A very large main homestead is still standing also but no longer occupied.

MaryVale buildings 3

MaryVale buildings 10

On the way back to Rainbow we stopped for dinner at Goroke (nice little hotel with good meals) then drove through Little Desert to Nhill and home to Rainbow.

This was a bit of a fact finding trip and there will be more about it along with more photos in a later post in the history tab.

Mary Vale station was also noted in history for other reasons about the same time.

Front Cover of new book by author John Henry Ellen

In 1874 a young woman, her illegitimate daughter, and the man who was paid to  marry her, leave Mount Gambier in South Australia to take up a selection in Lubeck, near Murtoa.

Two days later they are camped on the Maryvale Estate near Edenhope and that is the last that the family are seen until the remains of the young woman and her daughter are discovered ten years later on the property.

Where is the husband? Did he murder them and if so why? And was there really a ghost protecting the site where the bodies were buried? This is a true story with remarkable twists and turns, and was one of the greatest murder mysteries in Australian history. This is a book that has been thoroughly researched, and is more than just a murder story. It is a chronicle of the struggle and hardships that our early settlers had to endure, particularly the Langley Family with their seventeen children.

The 19th Century was a time when the new colony of Australia was trying to forge an identity, and it was settlers like Charles Langley and his family who worked tirelessly to bring this about. The True Story of the Maryvale Murders is a book that you will not wish to miss!

Copies of the book are available through the Edenhope Historical Society for $20 each. (see contact page)    Also available at Red Rock Books in Horsham or write to the author John Ellen , 10 Macintosh Avenue, Rupanyup, 3388 – enclose a cheque made payable to John Ellen for $22 (includes postage)

or visit the Edenhope site at.


Sometimes you have to just wonder

Went for a drive yesterday and while Lake Albacutya has no water we thought we would go and look around anyway. We were surprised to find about 10 campers in the free camp grounds close to the toilet block. so we went around the back to see what was there and saw the following sign.

How good it was to see that parks had thought of horse riders coming through and set up a camp for them so we checked it out.


look at that they have hitching posts a camp fire area with a BBQ swing plate to cook on. can’t carry much on horse back they seem to have catered for everything. Dismount roll out the swag and set a fire and you are set for the night.
But wait what is the sign between the hitching posts?


How smart of Parks to think of that.

It only stands to reason that people traveling on horse back would carry a poo bag to pick up after the horse doesn’t it?


The Town of Werrap

Went for a drive and saw a sign saying Werrap 7 kilometres so just had to go and have a look.

It turned out to be the first settlement over the netting fence but was gone with just signs saying where things used to be. The one building left was a very substantial new fire station.

Just love the history of these places. The train line and main road missed it by a couple of kilometres so it died. Now I need to find out more about it.

A town that dates before all of the others North of the Netting Fence that had homes a hall, school, tennis courts etc. that simply disappeared.

You will find more about this town that once was, under the History Tab

The journey begins with a hiccup

Well we have finally started. After getting the first service on the Land cruiser when they fitted the 12 pin electrics along with the brake controller and an Anderson plug we got up in the morning on Tuesday to leave but first we had to go back and get the levelling hitch fitted at the caravan yard about 40k away before hitting the road. hitched the van on connected the Anderson plug and then opened the twelve pin connection on the car only to find they had fitted a male connector. waited for Toyota to open and called them. Sorry they said bring it back and we will change it. 60k round trip to get it done and then finally picked up the van from Warburton and headed for Kilsyth the get the rest done. (lost 2.5 hours) got the hitch fixed and we were on our way. We considered stopping overnight but decided to go through to Rainbow arriving at 10PM so we thought we might just camp outside the park in the street and move in in the morning. Not to be Leanne, the caravan park manager, heard us and came out to guide us into a site.
So hear we are for a while.

Settled in at the Rainbow Caravan Park

Hello all and welcome to our World

Sue and I (Phil) have travelled through a number of lives together. We met in our late teens and spent time travelling and camping in an ex army series II Land Rover. Spending a lot of time in the Victorian High Country camping in a tent.

Then it slowed down when the children arrived, followed by the Grand Children. Now we are starting new having spent a few months each year for the past few years traveling in a 1970’s 17 foot Franklin pulled by a Rodeo Ute. we have stepped out with a new rig (now our home) to see as much of Australia as we can.

044 Camp site

The old Rig

New Van and Car at Warburton s

The new Rig

Being a keen history buff, it is my intention to seek out the local history of the places we visit and put my findings in this Blog.

If you enjoy finding out about remote places and people I hope you enjoy the stories I place here.