Landscape Mural Factory

Landscape mural factory from the freeway at Pakenham

If you’re travelling east on the Princes Freeway through Pakenham, take a look at the industrial estate on your right just after McGregor Road.  There’s a factory on the edge of the estate painted with a landscape mural.  It’s just grass and sky, but it blends in with the grassed vacant land next door.  In some conditions, from certain angles, the factory can appear to be almost invisible!

Head into the industrial estate for a closer look at the property (occupied by MegaWeCare, a life sciences company) and you will see that even the wire boundary fence has been painted grass green to ensure the camouflage illusion isn’t interrupted.

This factory in Pakenham blends in with the surrounding grass lands
The landscape mural on the side of a Pakenham factory

For more photos, check out this gallery of the Landscape Mural Factory.  gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Pakenham/Landscape-Mural-Factory

Maryborough buildings at night

Maryborough Town Hall at night

Maryborough Town Hall at night

In our previous post, we started to look at the old buildings in the central Victorian town of Maryborough.  These buildings are well maintained and beautifully presented, even more so at night when the flood lights come on. The classic architecture is highlighted against the darkened sky and looks amazing.

Well done Maryborough in presenting your town’s assets in such a wonderful light (pun intended!)

Flood lights on the Maryborough Court House at night

Flood lights on the Maryborough Court House

Front on view of the Maryborough Court House under flood lights

Front on view of the Maryborough Court House under lights

Flood lights shine on the Maryborough Post Office at night

Maryborough Post Office at night

Maryborough Post Office (left) and Town Hall (right) under flood lights at night.

Maryborough Post Office (left) and Town Hall at night.

Maryborough's old buildings at night. Court House, Post Office Clock Tower and Town Hall

Maryborough’s old buildings at night.

These photos, and more, can be found in the Vic Pics Maryborough Old Public Buildings Gallery.

Maryborough’s beautiful old buildings

Entrance to the Maryborough Post Office

Entrance to the Maryborough Post Office

In December we showed you the grand old Maryborough Railway Station.  That classic architecture can be found throughout the town, especially the Court House, Post Office and Town Hall.  I also really love the old Fire Station and Tower too.  (In a future post we’ll take a look at how well these historical buildings are presented at night.)

While some of the residential areas of Mayborough seemed a little run down, the town centre was beautiful, clean and a joy to explore.
See more photos in the Gallery.

Maryborough Post Office and Clock Tower

Maryborough Post Office

The old Maryborough Fire Station and Fire Tower, now an Art Gallery

The old Maryborough Fire Station and Tower, now an Art Gallery

Maryborough Railway Station

Main entrance to historic Maryborough Railway Station in central Victoria, Australia

Maryborough Railway Station

Maryborough Railway Station seems out of place in this little country town.  It’s a grand old station built in 1890, possibly by mistake!  A local resident told us the plans and materials were sent to Maryborough in error, but erected anyway.  Another story I’ve heard that was that this design was rejected for a city railway station in Melbourne, so the construction was redirected to regional Maryborough.  It’s reported that the American author Mark Twain visited Maryborough in 1895 and described it as “A railway station with a town attached”.

Unlike many old regional railway stations, Maryborough still services freight and passenger trains.  The station was closed in 1993, but reopened in 2010 following a major restoration.  These days the station is also home to a restaurant which offers outdoor dining on the platform.  At night the station is bathed in light (like many other public buildings in the town) for an awesome appearance.

Check out our gallery of photos from Maryborough Railway Station at this link – gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Maryborough/Railway-Station

The platform at Maryborough Railway Station.

The platform at Maryborough Railway Station.

A locomotive and rolling stock seen from Maryborough Railway Station platform.

A locomotive and rolling stock seen from Maryborough platform.

Vline passenger train departs Maryborough Railway Station at dusk.

Vline passenger train departs Maryborough Station at dusk.

Outdoor dining on a warm night at Maryborough Railway Station.

Outdoor dining on a warm night at Maryborough Railway Station.

Bathed in light, after dark at Maryborough Railway Station.

Bathed in light, after dark at Maryborough Railway Station.

Old Hamilton Warehouse

Old warehouse, near Hamilton Railway

Old warehouse, near Hamilton Railway

While recently exploring the western Victorian town of Hamilton, I came across this big old warehouse.  The paint has faded, the foundations have shifted, the corrugated iron is starting to rust and some sheets are missing.  The only thing inside is some forgotten furniture covered in lots of bird droppings.  This building is derelict, but as a photography subject I love it!  A modern self storage building sits along side this old shed, which adds an ironic counterbalance in wide-angle shots.

You can view my album of shots around the old warehouse at this link – gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Hamilton/Old-warehouse

side view - old warehouse

Side view showing the many peaks to the roof of this old warehouse.

old and new warehouse storage

Old warehouse (Left), modern self storage (Right).

 

Longwarry Public Hall

Longwarry Public Hall - front

The Longwarry Public Hall

Many country towns have a local hall, usually called the “Town Hall” or “Public Hall”, these buildings are hired out to local organisations, clubs or families for anything from a meeting place, art gallery or 21st birthday party.

Pictured here is the Longwarry Public Hall, located west of Drouin in Gippsland.   The building style is clearly 1970’s architecture, and not much appears to have changed at the hall since then.  Roof tiles have made way for Colourbond Steel (corrugated iron), but apart from that I imagine the hall looks just as it did 40 years ago.