Pioneers Memorial, Maryborough

Pioneers Memorial, Bristol Hill Reserve, Maryborough

Pioneers Memorial, Bristol Hill, Maryborough

Bristol Hill overlooks the central Victorian town of Maryborough and is the site of the town’s Pioneers’ Memorial.  Built during the early 1930’s as a tribute to the area’s founders, and to provide much needed work for the unemployed during the depression.  These days it serves mostly as a lookout over Maryborough for visitors to the town, or a great vantage point to watch the sunset.

Overlooking Maryborough from the Pioneers Memorial on Bristol Hillat dusk

Overlooking Maryborough from the Pioneers Memorial at dusk

Watching the sunset from Pioneers Memorial lookout tower, Maryborough.

Watching the sunset from Pioneers Memorial, Maryborough.

Looking west, just after sunset, from Pioneers Memorial on Bristol Hill, Maryborough.

Looking west just after sunset, Maryborough.

Check out the Gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Maryborough/Pioneers-Memorial-Lookout – for more photos from the Pioneers’ Memorial, Maryborough.

For more history on the Pioneers’ Memorial, the 1933 Opening Souvenir Booklet is available from the State Library – handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/119767

Noojee Trestle Bridge

The old Noojee railway trestle bridge

The original Warragul to Noojee Railway operated between 1919 to 1954, transporting timber, livestock, produce and passengers. The line was dismantled in 1961, however this trestle bridge remains and has been maintained for pedestrians.

The has been some talk of it being part of a proposed tourist railway in the area.  What a magnificent seen it would be if steam locomotives where once again cross this historic trestle bridge.

Pedestrian access to the Noojee Trestle Bridge

These photos, taken in 2013, appear in this Vic Pics Gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Noojee/Trestle-Bridge 

Former runway and drag strip

 

Former Pakenham runway and drag strip

This is all that is left of the former Pakenham Air Force site (WW2), drag strip (1950s) and  skydiving runway (1960s to 1990s).  It was last used for an historic hotrod meet in 2004 before being handed over to housing development.  The remainder of the former strip is now Sandalwood Drive and Arden Avenue Pakenham.  At the other end (pictured above) is the exit ramp from the Pakenham Bypass Freeway and Koo Wee Rup Road.

Gates at the former Pakenham airfield and drag strip site.