Updated Website for Heatherlie Quarry

I have been pleased with the response that I have had about Heatherlie Quarry. I have developed its own website plus an eBook that can be downloaded at no cost.

 

The new link is Heatherlie Quarry

Heatherlie Quarry – Site Plan and Photos

Heatherlie Quarry Plan

Heatherlie Quarry Plan

In some records from my Father In Law, I also found a copy of a plan done in December 1984 of the area.

Here is a Legend of some of the things that are still there

1.  Crane Base

2.  Tramway tracks – some are still visible

All Tramway Tracks

All Tramway Tracks

6.  Rail siding for loading stone

Rail siding for loading stone

Rail siding for loading stone

7.  Railway Alignment

Railway Alignment

Railway Alignment

 

8,9,10.  Stone Huts

Stone Cottages

Stone Cottages

11.  Explosives Magazine

Explosives Magazine

Explosives Magazine

12.  Steel Hopper

13. Winch

14. Stone Chimney

15. Furnace and Steam Chamber

16 Compression Chamber

Steam Plant

Steam Plant

17.  Steam Compression Engine – 4 Cylinder

Steam Engine

Steam Engine

18.  Foundations

20. Crane

21. Steel Hopper

Steel Hopper

Steel Hopper

22.  Winch

Winch

Winch

23.  Boom

24.  Dry Stone Walling

26.  Trolley

27.  Foundations

 

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Heatherlie Township

Heatherlie Township plan

Heatherlie Township plan

I have been very fortunate to have come across some documentation in my Father In Laws books about Heatherlie Quarry. I guess that is what really sparked an interest in the area.

Back in 1888, the Township of Heatherlie was surveyed, but only a few were sold. Looking in the area now, I could not see any remains of any buildings at all.

Below is a photo of Watkins Street. Thanks to National Parks for placing a sign there else I would have never known!

Watkins Street, Heatherlie

Watkins Street, Heatherlie

 

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Walk to Heatherlie Quarry

Walkway to Heatherlie Quarry

Walkway to Heatherlie Quarry

It has been about 18 months since I last went to Heatherlie Quarry. This quarry has produced some wonderful stone that has been used in many buildings in Melbourne and Stawell. The stone is quite hard and durable. However, following the fires that went through in January 2014, I wanted to see how close the fire got to the Quarry and also the old buildings and machinery that were at the Quarry.

There is a car park just off the Bolte Highway near the intersection of the Heatherlie Track. Following the track from the car park is about 500 metres and is quite easy particularly if you do not rush. At this time of the year, there is plenty of other things to see on the way including plenty of wildflowers and native orchids.

The photo above shows quite clearly the scorched branches of the trees, and the regeneration.

I think due to the fire and subsequent slow regeneration of the trees and plants in the area, I think the flowers are far more noticeable.

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Native Orchids – beginning of Spring

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Travelling along the Bolte Highway (Mt Zero Road) near the Grampians, I stopped to have a look at the recovery of the trees and plants from the fire that went through the area in January 2014. The “Black Boys” were really standing out so I went for a walk – got very dirty from the burnt branches of the scrubby plants. But there were a mass of different colours on the ground and was really pleased to some some wild Orchids. Of course I had the wrong lens with me – needed my Macro which was in the Car.

Thought I would see what I could do with the Macro Setting on the lens on my Canon 5D MkIII (Photo Above). Quite pleased but just could get in close. So back we went to the Car – got the Macro Camera out and back to find another one – didn’t have to walk very far and found another very nice Orchid (below).

Orchid in the Bush

Orchid in the Bush

 

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