Escape to the country

Last weekend we drove to the Central West of New South Wales to celebrate a family birthday. Along the way we had the opportunity to pass through some interesting small country towns.

Our first stop was Canowindra, with it’s dogleg main street. While the majority of the buildings date from the late 19th century, I noticed this Art Deco influenced brick building, at one end of the street. It abuts, on the right hand side, one of the more typical buildings along this road. These buildings have decorative facades in front of utilitarian brick and timber structures, in this case with a corrugated iron roof.

Art Deco building in the main street of Canownwindra, pen and ink 11 July 2014

Art Deco building in the main street of Canowindra, pen and ink 11 July 2014

On our return journey we stopped in Boorowa where European settlers first took up land, (ie nicked it from the local Aboriginal mob), in 1828. We had lunch under the spreading verandah of the Boorowa Hotel, built in 1880.

Detail of the underside of the corner post of the verandah of the Boorowa Hotel, pen and ink, 13 July 2014

Detail of the underside of the corner post of the verandah of the Boorowa Hotel, pen and ink, 13 July 2014

Diagonally across the road I could see the Court House, built in 1860 in the classical style, which is typical of government buildings in this era. Next to the building stands a large Bunya Pine (Arucaria bidwillii). These majestic trees, native to the state of Queensland have been widely planted as ornamental specimens in other parts of the country.

The Boorowa Court House, built in 1860, with Bunya Pine, pen and ink 13 July 2014

The Boorowa Court House, built in 1860, with Bunya Pine, pen and ink 13 July 2014

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