This is a British Leyland truck exhibited in the heritage museum at Gulgong, a country town 300 kilometres north-west of Sydney. Gulgong has a very rich history due largely to it being one of the first gold rush towns in Australia and also the birthplace of our national bard, Henry Lawson. Gold was discovered here in 1870 which resulted in an influx of 20,000 miners coming here to seek their fortune. The town itself is very quaint, with over 120 buildings protected by the National Trust. Its theatre has hosted famous actors and artists such as the famous opera singer Nellie Melba, and is where boxer Les Darcy last fought in Australia. The Henry lawson Museum is well worth a look and a climb up to the hill above the town shows the lay out of the goldfields. It is a beautiful and nostalgic little town, full of ghosts and memories. If you want to learn about the making and shaping of Australia, this is a great place to visit.
Unfortunately I can't tell you the model of this truck, but definitely can confirm that it is from the 1920s or 1930s. Taking photos of motor vehicles is not one of my favourite genres, but I couldn't resist this old banger.
"Rough built theatres and stages where the world’s best actors trod –
Singers bringing restless rovers nearer boyhood, home and God.
Paid in laughter, tears and nuggets in the drama fortune plays-
‘Tis the palmy days of Gulgong – Gulgong in the roaring days"
- Henry Lawson – The Last Review
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jusninasirun (17144) 2013-03-01 18:39
Love the way you have framed this truck. The iron and rust are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this museum piece.
jjcordier (63074) 2013-03-01 23:22
C'est aussi un sujet photographique qui me plait. bon cadrage et joli rendu des matières. Peut-être un petit excès d'accentuation?
gus72 (2510) 2013-03-01 23:42
Ciao Bambina !!
as is often the case I have to say that I have also been there !!! nice town... also known as the 5 dollar town.
of late.... I have been taking photos of old trucks..... and even joined a group in RedBubble.
I like the tight crop and the rustic colours..... good departure from the traditional themes.
Have a nice Sunday.
mirosu (5557) 2013-03-01 23:50
Terrific water cooler detail photo in perfect light, very good clarity. Must visit this place during my next trip to Sydney.
Have a nice weekend.
macjake (39998) 2013-03-01 23:58
gotta love this 'old banger!"
this old time machine is calling out, begging to be photographed in HDR! :)
I can just hear Tosca now....'sigh'...lol
it would have been even better to have a photo with the same compo but you sitting behind the wheel :)
love the front oversized grill.
what a subject!
thanks for this different post
krzychu30 (9399) 2013-03-02 1:28
superb close-up shot of this old and devastated truck.It´s not the first photo of such old car I see here on TE,but everytime I´m really amazed how picturesque it can look on photos.The combination of iron and rust we see here looks fabulous.I like the way you framed the scene.Central POV and close-up suits the scene excellently.
Have a nice weekend
ikeharel (38090) 2013-03-02 1:40
Even an old radiator with corrosion can make an art detailon a museum, Lisa.
Not such an old model I recon, can imagine how much gold and other mineral it used to hawl back in old days.
Fine sharp details on.
Enjoy your weekend,
timecapturer (31278) 2013-03-02 3:09
like this! Very arty and texturey (if there is such a word). A delightful mix of surfaces and shapes with a close crop that is effective and compelling. Creative and absorbing imagery! Excellent!
Enjoy your weekend - regards Brian.
williewhistler (7595) 2013-03-02 3:30
Hello Lisa,Australia seems to have been able to conserve these lovely old vehicles better than we do here,must be something to do with the weather I should think!
These old trucks were of course the life blood of the outback in their time so it`s nice to see that this one`s comfortably kept.
Lovely rich colours and textures make the photo a delight to view.
It`s still chilly here with temp hovering around 4 degrees,but Spring can`t be far away.
Kindest regards Les.
SnapRJW (19188) 2013-03-02 3:49
Hello Lisa - I like your old truck. The close crop and symmetrical composition works well, enhancing both the graphic lines and textural details. You have spurred me on to posting a shot of a Leyland red bus I found in S Africa. You say you don't really like taking photographs of old vehicles, I think you have done a fine job with this one. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Rosemary
lousat (58446) 2013-03-02 4:01
Ciao Lisa,gran cattura frontale di questo vecchio rudere metallico da questo luogo storico per l'Australia,i dettagli ed i colori sono davvero fantastici,bella idea,piacevole e differente! Buona Domenica,Luciano
Silvio1953 (99199) 2013-03-02 5:28
Ciao Lisa, gran bello il muso del vecchio camion, grande texture, ottima nitidezza e fantastici colori, brava, buon good week end, un abbraccio Silvio
Bartleby (12765) 2013-03-02 5:30
love this! The rusty old truck is very eye-catching!
Sergiom (40169) 2013-03-02 6:07
If this truck could talk...I like the story around it and the town. A gold rush bring all sort of people in a city. The law becomes secondary, a bit like in the american's "Deadwood".
I like the framing and the texture.
Have a great weekend
photoray (5000) 2013-03-02 6:57
I fine up close and personal pic of this rusty and giant truck radiator. I will have to return to Oz someday and check out your Gulgong, being a history major and confirmed wack-a-doodle, etc...
Also a popular song here in the Calif gold rush country, partial lyric: "In the days of old, in the days of gold, in the days of 49"
Stay outoftrouble, and keep up the fine photography, and adventures, etc...
dkmurphys (37419) 2013-03-02 7:37
Truly spectacular relic, I ,like the textures and the old fashioned design. Good catch.
jemaflor (69731) 2013-03-02 8:00
Original frame with close up and original noisy result, interesting presentation like an very old photo, nice warm tones.
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2013-03-02 8:01
This is a great post, and a great compliment to the one that Rosemary posted today too. Love the textures of the rusted steel and the vast range of colours in such a straightforward subject. Its a nice vehicle, but also one that I can easily see being driven by a maniac in a horror film (thinking of the truck in jeepers Creepers!!).
Nice history of the town too, and nice to hear that so many of the buildings are protected. And the theatre has seen Nellie Melba? A rather funny name, but you know you've hit the heights of fame when you have a type of toast AND a jelly based dessert named after you.
Have a good one
abmdsudi (27118) 2013-03-02 8:58
An excellent tight image of the raditor grill of an old lady and what a rare find here! A vintage in rustic colors that brings back old memories giving it a certain olde worlde charm, a blast from the past indeed. This is wonderful timeless image and super-sharp, Well done.
carlo62 (13544) 2013-03-02 13:30
un taglio originale ed una qualità eccellente, due cose che messe insieme, formano una gran bella immagine.
bayno (16423) 2013-03-02 20:07
bello questo close up sul radiatore, sembra quasi un HDR, credo che questo sia un caso in qui lavorerebbe benissimo, molto belli i toni e i dettagli, un vero peccato che sia in disuso questo bel camion..credo che con un pò di manutenzione quest sarebbero macchine che non morirebbero mai....
un caro abbraccio e buona domenica...
papagolf21 (76995) 2013-03-03 0:12
Bonjour, chère Lisa,
Le temps passe aussi sur les véhicules. La rouille donne un aspect fort sympathique et nostalgique à la composition très bien rendue.
Un petit clin d'oeil au passé.
Très bonne journée.
ourania (13085) 2013-03-03 7:14
Ciao cara Lisa,
c' e' una vibrazione intrigatissima in questa foto tagliata in modo cosi stretto. Il taglio, la simmetria e l' illuminazione rendono protagonisti le tessiture e le ombre. La profondita' ed i contrasti sono accattivanti e tutto ci dirige verso un passato lontano. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona settimana,
ktanska (21637) 2013-03-03 11:44
What a nice surprise from you to show some art of rust! Such tight framings and almost abstract objects are much less common in TE nowadays than they used to be. Maybe I should dig up some too.
I did a bit of web search, and wonder if this could be a match.
Bluejeans (64241) 2013-03-04 5:57
Ola Lisa ,
Bela foto frontal deste velho camião cheio de ferrugem , gostei muito dos detalhes , bom enquadramento da foto, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
tyro (13585) 2013-03-04 16:22
Ciao cara Lisa,
After many long hours of pondering this picture, I have come to the conclusion that this might just be the radiator of a Leyland truck. Not sure why, but I'm pretty sure that's what make it is. Hee, hee.
An interesting note and a lovely "gritty" picture with fabulous rough textures and lovely rusty colours. Good straightforward symmetrical and bold composition too. As with Rosemary, this has spurred me on to post another picture - of a 'bus.
ACL1978 (6103) 2013-03-05 18:55
I missed this beauty the first time around, Lisa, but I'm glad I've caught up to it. A really gritty and textured industrial shot here - part of me thinks a truck built as tough as this one might still start up today if tried. I like your tight framing on the essentials here - the grille, the rust, the windshield. Gives it a stout and sturdy appearance. Thanks!
- Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) (45717)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-00-00
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- Date Submitted: 2013-03-01 18:27