Coorong morning and Ulysses in the afternoon

We awoke to a spectacular dawn as the sun emerged behind the sheokes and the roos grazed between them and the rose sky. At Chinamen’s Well, we took a short walk and leant how residents of Hong Kong had rushed to reports of gold in Victoria in the 1850s. To avoid a discriminatory tax by the Victorian government, they landed at Adelaide and travelled overland along the edge of the Coorong. There are archeological remnants of limestone wells skilfully built to provide fresh water. I found a fragment of porcelain (“Chinese?) and carefully replaced it after photographing it.

We spent more time exploring the salt lakes and dunes of the Coorong before crossing the Murray River by ferry at Wellington. At Strathalbyn we met members of the Fleurieu Ulysses Club out for a ride. Their bikes were lovingly cared for and wonders to behold.


Croydon – a former goldmine with some Chinese influence

Today we stopped for coffee at the old gold mining town of Croydon, on the Savannah Way, Queensland, Australia.

At the end of the nineteenth century it was the fourth largest town in the state, after two stockmen discovered gold while fencing on a property called Croydon Downs.

Because timber was in short supply, an interesting style of architecture developed, with the frame on the outside and single-layer timber wall. Ordinary homes made much use of corrugated iron.

Like several other gold mining towns, Chinese immigrants followed the miners, providing much needed vegetables from the market gardens that they established.