Friday, 19 July 2019

Mathinnia

Another day trip recently we headed to Mathinna which is a small town in the north eastern part of Tasmania, about 63 km from Launceston..   We went the long way around to Mathinna.
Mathinna was named after a young aboriginal girl who was befriended the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and his wife, Lady Jane Franklin.

The town became established as a gold mining centre, shorty after gold was discovered in the area in 1890's.  The Golden Gate Mine in Mathinna was one of Tasmania's highest-yield gold mines, second only to Beaconsfield.  At its peak in the late 1890's the town sustained a population of over 5,000 including a large number of Chinese miners, making it the third largest town in Tasmania.
Wikipedia

Today there is only a handful of people and there are no shops, just a few streets.

The photos below a bit too green was taking on the way to Mathinna before we came into bush country.




Tree plantations on the way




A church in Mathinna is worse for wear and obviously not used.
The house below is an old miner's cottage in the main street.  I posted the photo on Instagram the other week and a person left me a message to say his grandmother lives in that house.  How amazing is that, of all the people in this world that should happen.  Rather amazing..






More scenery as we came on our way home, along with the abandoned house which was after all the bush we came through.




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    1. Yes, it is Andy. So much of the Island I've seen but so much I haven't.

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  2. It is beautiful, rugged country to be sure, and those ruins no doubt have many stories to tell.

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    1. I'm sure there are many stories attached to that crumbling house, there is another house nearby and that doesn't look the best either but someone lives in that.

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  3. Son maravillosos los colores que has captado en la primera imagen. Las distintas tonalidades de verde junto a las azuladas nubes del cielo, compaginan muy bien los tonos.

    Besos

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    1. Thanks. Was bit disappointed with that photo as it appears to be too green.

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  4. What beautiful vistas. Isn’t it amazing how a bustling town of 5000 people can disappear when the industry supporting it fails? I bet the person who saw and recognized her grandmother’s home on Facebook was thrilled to see it.

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    1. Well I hope he was thrilled to see his grandmother's house, just as well as I didn't say anything wrong on that post in Instagram :)
      It rather say that once all those people lived there and just over a short time they are nearly all gone.

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  5. It is an incredibly beautiful area - and that was an incredible coincidence.

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    1. Certainly a lovely area like a lot of Tasmania, lovely well so the visitors say :) It was a 1 in a million chance that that young man came across his grandmother's house.

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  6. The area is wonderful such a beautiful place.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle the whole drive that day was lovely with such nice scenery and views, and not ever being to some of the places even makes it sweeter for me.

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  7. Beautiful landscape. We recently visited such a ghost town. I love the instagram story. That is amazing.

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    1. Many ghost towns throughout Australia in general as there are i guess in other parts of this world. Amazing that the young man found his grandmother's house - who would of thought that would happen - one in a million.

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  8. Absolutely fabulous scenery. Amazing story about someone recognising his grandmother's house.

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    1. Lovely country at the back of Ben Lomond (the mountain).
      Who would have thought that someone even found the photo of his grandmother's house in Mathinna, even though it's a wooden house doubt if it's ever seen a coat of paint. Must say the house and yard was tidy and clean.

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  9. lush landscape :) i loved seeing it dear Margaret

    Mathinna is absolutely intriguing and gorgeous place ,i wish i can learn more bout girl it had named after

    this is joyous thing to know that another blogger related to place you just visited :)
    google and blogger have squeezed the world

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    1. It's nice you enjoyed seeing the scenery, well some of it. Always good to see different countries scenery we learn as we go along visiting each others and other blogs.
      I wasn't able to find much information about the girl Mathinna.

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  10. Beautiful scenery. I like the last picture with the abandoned cottage falling to ruin. What a coincidence with the miners cottage.

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    1. The whole trip had lovely scenery but not always possible to stop and take a photo. Amazing regarding the miners cottage, never in a million years would you think that would happen..

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  11. Beautiful photos and the mailboxes all lined up is a favourite of mine. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Beautiful countryside. Sigh.

    My great grandmother had a cabin in the mountains, in the ghost town of Moggollon New Mexico...a former gold mining area. Loved those days traipsing through the hills with my dog.

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  13. Hello Margaret,
    What a great area. This is enjoyment to watch.
    Good shots!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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  14. Bonitos paisajes y el cielo se ve bonito. Besitos.

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  15. I love those beautiful photos.
    Have a wonderful weekend

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  16. Preciosos contrastes has captado Margaret. Lindo nombre tiene el pueblo. Hicistéis una gran excursión,el paisaje tiene una maravillosa naturaleza.
    Buen finde semana.
    Un abrazo.

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  17. The landscape is really beautiful. I would like to visit here.

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  18. Could we follow you on Instagram also? :)

    Thanks for this trip...

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  19. Beautiful scenery, Mathinna seems to be idialic.

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