The story so far:
Gwalia is a ghost town just outside the mining town of Leonora about 24km north of Kalgoorlie. The mine was started in 1896 and was a very successful mining town but after a series of disaters it closed suddenly in 1963.
Unfortunately for the workers who all lived near the mine they didn't own their houses and on 24 hours notice they were ordered to pack what they could and catch the wating train to Kalgoorlie. An infamous event!
When people departed they left behind many of their possessions and these remain where they were left in the houses.
Here you can see a bed and battered old case left as it was when the occupants departed so suddenly in 1963 - faded bedcoverings, wall lining now collapsing.
Various people have taken responsibility for keeping the deserted houses visitable but with varying success so that some houses in the town are locked up.
You can wander around the town and go into most of the houses and see scraps of life left behind - unmade beds, remains of meals, radios, chairs and tables, an old piano etc. Many windows and doors are missing so everything is covered in dust. It is not a clean and organised museum.
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SnapRJW (23538) 2013-10-10 22:03
What a brilliant shot to accompany your fascinating note Ian. Your description makes me want to get on a plane and visit the location this very moment. It sounds as if it is fertile ground for a photographer! Here the natural light had been well managed and the soft and faded colours wonderfully poignant. To my eyes a triumph evocative and beautiful. Warm regards Rosemary
baclama (16311) 2013-10-11 0:33
j'aime beaucoup l'ambiance de cette photo...
daddo (20621) 2013-10-11 1:58
Hi Ian. Sadness sits like dust in this evocative shot.Faded, rusty, dilapidated, peeling... once a home of hope and affection. So much left unspoken.regards. Klaudio.
ManuMay (33975) 2013-10-16 22:46
A very interesting capture, it talks about real life, this is a stopped momento. Good and informative note and a creative work yours, the colours and light giving good idea of passing time. I like very much its special mood and atmosphere...Great!!
Have a nice day...
delpeoples (48576) 2013-10-19 3:32
This is such a ghostly image, the play of light and shadow is particularly evocative and the low POV seen through the struts of the old iron bed give us that bystander effect. I love the old quilt and the ancient bedframe. Fantastic work.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend
- Copyright: Ian Fegent (ifege) (9899)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f2.8 ED (IF) SDM
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/45 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Road trip to Western Australia
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 20:57