Saturday, September 17, 2011
Treading the boards
Here I am, treading the boards in the Beechworth Town Hall. This building started life as the Shire Offices in 1858. The hall out the back, where I am posing was built as the Shire Hall in 1859. The hall was sometimes used as a second courthouse; the bushranger Harry Power was tried here in 1864.
This image (taken by Di) makes me think that I am about to recite 'Songs of a Sentimental Bloke' by C.J. Dennis. The songs as related by Bill, a member of the Little Lonsdale Street push, who is searching for his Doreen.
I was very disappointed with Beechworth. My only other visit had been sometime in 1972, which seered into my subconscious the many magnificent old buildings of the town. However, this time I found them sanitised beyond belief. I am not sure what has changed the most: the town or moi.