Over the last 40 years I have visited Peterborough in the mid north of South Australia on many occasions. My wife grew up there and we still have family living there. We try to visit them often. Up until recently I haven’t really bothered taking many photos of the town.
Peterborough is a very historic town and was settled in the early years of our state’s development. It became a very important railway centre for many years and this is still celebrated throughout the town. Over recent weeks I have featured some photos of railway related items around town. On several occasions I have mentioned the local museum known as Steamtown. Outside the museum stands a beautiful old steam locomotive which I have featured in today’s photos.
Please note that in the final photo, the loco is NOT pulling a caravan. It is just that a tourist has parked right behind the coal tender. If you look carefully you can see the 4WD which is attached to the caravan.
This is the final post in a series of four about the model trains featured on the four main entrances to Peterborough in the mid-north of South Australia. (Look back through previous posts to see the others, or go to the archives.) This particular train is at the south eastern entrance to town on the road leading from Burra and Terowie.
I think that these are a wonderful introduction to visitors to the town. The people of Peterborough have made a great effort to feature model trains in this way seeing that the town has very strong ties to the historic development of railways, not only in this state, but also in the whole of Australia. The local railway museum adds to that interest as well.
As I wrote here a few days ago, we visited family recently in the mid-north town of Peterborough, South Australia. While there I took a few photos around the town, something I had neglected to do much of during numerous visits to the town over more than 40 years. Peterborough is rightly proud of its railway heritage and a railway museum features high on the list of visitor attractions.
In today’s post I feature another two shots of one of the four model trains shown in the main entrances to the town. This one is on the road into town from Orroroo to the north. I love the nice touch of the engine driver waving from the cabin, and the signals next to the line.
I will feature more photos in a few days’ time.
On our recent visit to Clare in the mid-north of South Australia we stayed with our daughter. At her suggestion we travelled the short distance to the small historic township of Mintaro, just a few minutes south east of Clare. It actually took us quite a lot longer than the usual 15 minutes because we found ourselves caught up in the South Australian Road Cycling Championships. Because of the hilly terrain the safety cars would not allow us to overtake the cyclists. Despite that, we were only a few minutes late for our lunch booking at the wonderful Reilly’s Wines and Restaurant (highly recommended by the way).
After our delicious and very filling lunch we drove the short distance to Martindale Hall featured in today’s photos. This beautiful old mansion in one of our state’s most magnificent homesteads. Sadly it was too late to do a tour of the inside of the building as it was approaching closing time. This wonderful building gained some notoriety when many scenes of the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock were filmed here.
You can read more on the sign below, or you can access one of several websites featuring this historic spot, including this one.
On our return from visiting Entoto Natural Park near Addis Ababa we directed our driver to find an art gallery we wanted to visit. With a little difficulty we found the building in a back street, only to find that it had closed some time ago. Our driver suggested a good alternative – the Ethnological Museum.
The above photo shows part of the entrance into the museum, but after that point I was not allowed to take any photos. We found that that museum was a fascinating place to visit and were sorry we only had about an hour to spend there. A whole day visit would be advisable to anyone wishing to see this great display of cultural and artistic aspects of Ethiopia. If that is not possible, even a two or three hours would be recommended.
An very interesting part of the display is the section dedicated to Emperor Hailie Selassi. He used the building as his palace during the time he led the country. I think it is quite fitting to have this building dedicated to his important place in Ethiopian history. Our elderly guide was once a personal servant of the emperor himself.
Addis Ababa University
The old palace and museum is situated in the midst of the Addis Ababa University. While we didn’t explore the grounds of the university, I did take the photos shown below while we were there.