There are a number of good walking tracks in the park. The contractor was Charles Hosking. A reminder of the town's mining past - the six stamper battery in park on Martin Street. Matthew & Mary Rogers and family vault in the Blackwood Cemetery and photos of the family interned in the vault. It is one of four huts in the town. Sultan Mine, Barrys Reef Blackwood; The âDolls Houseâ All Saints Anglican Church, Blackwood. Number of Paddocks: 30. It comes with the original two roomed bluestone homestead, constructed after 1842; a second bluestone homestead built in 1864; a bluestone and timber woolshed, and the current Blackwood homestead, stables and coach house which were constructed in 1891 amid four acres of garden. The interior is in the Jacobean manner and has dado paneling. There is a huge and elegant tombstone and vault (reputedly “one of the most costly memorials of a pioneer and his kin that has been erected on any goldfield in the Commonwealth”) for Matthew Rogers, a stonemason and gold miner, who constructed the Garden of St Erth at the former mining settlement of Simmons Reef. The house and stables took 18 months to construct. The earliest reference to Blackwood was a mention of Blackwood Vale Farm in 1847, though this is in present-day Glenalta. This town is not to be confused with Barrys Reef.. References The homestead complex is well sited on a hill top position overlooking the surrounding plains with views of the Grampian Ranges and stands apart from the day to day farm buildings of the estate. This history is dedicated to the late Ray Meade. It is surprising how a small, unimpressive timber church can have an interesting history but, in the case of All Saints it was gazetted in September, 1864 and dedicated on 29 October, 1865 with the first Bishop of Melbourne, Bishop Charles Perry, officiating at the dedication. Air service: Daily The service section and servants’ rooms are to the west beyond the hall and bedroom corridor such an extended plan is not found in suburban residences of the Melbourne Queen Anne. Next Open Days will be the long weekends on Sunday in January and Sunday March 2019, and Sunday over Easter and Sunday over Cup weekend in November â other dates to be notified. The History and Pioneers of Blackwood, Victoria. There is a local folk tale that it was while digging Povey's grave that Hill found gold. They had four children, Robin, Judith, Blyth and Linton between 1937 and 1946. Bathrooms: 3, LIVESTOCK * In the 1830s settlers moved into the Bacchus Marsh area south of Blackwood. ^ TOP Things to See and Do. The park ranger's office has maps of the area. Baile beag de chuid Victoria na hAstráile is ea Blackwood agus é suite ar bhruach Abhainn Lerderderg, naoi gciliméadar is nócha siar ó thuaidh ó Mhelbourne, príomhchathair an Stáit.I Sír Moorabool atá sé, agus de réir dhaonáireamh Astrálach na bliana 2006 bhí 235 duine ina â¦ Blue Mount Cemetery, Blackwood. The tiny and historic gold mining town of Blackwood sits at the northern end of the Lerderderg State Park in the Macedon Ranges. 1856 till his death 1905. Before 1897Walnut Tree Farm was designed in the summer of 1890 for R H Cazalet at Castlemorton in Worcestershire UK and plans and elevations were published in the British Architect in September and October 1890. He along with others founded the ‘Morning Star’ mine, as well as being a sawmiller. There are picnic and barbecue facilities in the park along the banks of the Lerderderg River. Blackwood has most recently been farmed by Jason Ritchie, the son of the late Robin Ritchie, onetime chair of Energy Victoria and his wife, Eda Ritchie, the commissioner of the Shire of Moyne, a former president of the Victorian Liberal Party and the sister of Tammy Fraser and Hugh Beggs, the former head of the Wool Corporation. Jack Cann Reserve By Jonathan Chancellor The terra cotta tile roof (the tiles were imported from Bridgewater in the est of England) is punctuated by a variety of half timbered gables and clusters of tall red brick chimneys. Heritage Victoria records show in 1893, Robert Blackwood Ritchie (known as R.B Ritchie) married Lillian Mary Ross, the daughter of pastoralist, William Ross of the neighboring run The Gums. Take the time to look and appreciate the extent of works undertaken but for your safety, please stick to the track. No issue copyright renewals were found for this serial. The main bluestone homestead and separate stable block was constructed in 1891 by the architectural firm, Butler and Ussher for Robert Blackwood Ritchie on a hill top overlooking the surrounding plains with view of the Grampian Ranges. Notes from the National Trust state that the tender accepted for the construction of the house was for 4790 pounds, 1000 pounds being allowed the contractor for ‘old building’. All are indicative of the simple building techniques of the time. : Acacia modesta), a tree from India, Pakistan, Nepal and HimalayaAustralian blackwood (Diospyros longibracteata), from Laos Publication History. The Billy Pincombe Tragedy In 1897, Lillian died at Blackwood, and R.B took his two young sons to Scotland to be raised by his mother Janet, while he returned to Australia and was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Western Province representative between 1903-07. James a trained Chef and Dan a Horticulturalist have combined their skills and passion for gardening and home-grown produce to create Blackwood Ridge, garden, kitchen and plant collectorâs nursery. Garden of St Erth My Great grandfather [Laurence Hayden] lived at Blackwood from approx. Cropping: Cereals, Oilseeds, Legume thanks for adding my website with history of Blackwood – I have also written 3 books on the history of the area.. see http://www.blackwoodpublishing.com thanks, Margot Hitchcock. History of Blackwood, Victoria. , from George Tibbets article “The so-called Melbourne Domestic Queen Anne” Blackwood Publishing records: “'Madame Pauline Bonfond, a French woman made an excellent living contracting to cut races for the diggers. “There’s been a lot of working up of the soil, levelling paddocks out and picking up rocks,” Jason said. Blackwoodâ¦ The dams also make up a significant environmental wetland, the summer flocking site for around 1/3 of Victoria’s Brolga population (270) as well as many other rare and endangered birds such as Latham Snipe, Spoonbills and Pelicans. The tender for the stables was for 1202 pounds. It should be noted that the park is a nesting site for both Wedge-tailed Eagles and Peregrine Falcons; has significant stands of Blue Gums and Manna Gums; and is recognised as being of international geological importance. The gorge helps create a sense of diversity of vegetation (there are over 320 tree species in the park) with fern gullies, dry open forests (stringybark and ironbark forests exist) and wildflower displays in the spring. The Garden of St Erth cottage, dating from the 1860s, covered in wisteria. While carrying cattle and cropping, Blackwood could be used by RIFA to breed and showcase the thousands of fine-woolled merino sheep. REGIONAL FACILITIES Blackwood Visitors Information Centre, 21 Martin Street, Blackwood, tel: (03) 5368 6525. She died from diphtheria. Today Blackwood, with its timber cottages, is situated amidst the eucalyptus-covered hills and its main attractions are bushwalking, exploring the goldrush history of the town and wandering around the genuinely fascinating historic cemetery. Located at Simmons Reef Road, to the west of Blackwood, is the Garden of St Erth, a sandstone cottage set in beautiful gardens, which was built by Matthew Rogers in the 1860s. Thousands of naturalised daffodils carpet the lawns in September, and through the summer months the herbaceous border features Diggers perennials and grasses. The interior is treated in the Jacobean manner and has Dado panelling and strong timber cornice details with panelled ceilings. Their website http://www.diggers.com.au/gardens-cafes/gardens/st-erth.aspx explains that "The Garden of St Erth features an extraordinary range of espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers. The building which now houses the Blackwood Historical Societyâs Museum is the perfect location for a museum, steeped in local history: it was built in 1880 and was once the Blackwood â¦ Across a small bridge there is a track which wanders along the shore of Shaw's Lake (it was a reservoir providing water for the goldminers) and on to Sweets Lookout with its panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. To commemorate Blackwoodâs 155 years of gold mining history Allan Hall has built a Poppet Head which was placed outside the Museum with an OPEN sign when the Museum is open to the public. We hold regular investigations here with the next one being on Sunday, June 12. The historic village of Blackwood is located in the scenic Macedon Ranges between Ballan and Trentham. Allan Myers, QC, on his property in Dunkeld beside a hut where his great-grandfather lived. Blackwood has a hotel, a general store, Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches, mineral springs, a reserve, a caravan park and a mechanics' institute hall. These days, Blackwood is a peaceful village, situated on the Lerderderg River and surrounded by the native forests of the Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest. When their eldest son, Robin, married in 1965, Alan and Margaret left Blackwood. Today Blackwood is now little more than a memory of the thriving settlement which existed, in the late 1850s. Nestled in the Wombat State Forest, the town of Blackwood has an interesting past from the early days of the Victorian Gold Rush â¦ HISTORICAL TRUE CRIME â THE EVENTS THAT LEAD TO THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF ONE PERSON AND THE SHOOTING OF TWO PEOPLE IN BLACKWOOD, OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO IN 1908. The variety of window types displayed across the facade reflect the scale and importance of the rooms they illuminate. In most recent years, cropping has been introduced, significantly enhancing the returns and production of one of Victoria’s landmark rural holdings. There are many other shorter walks including a walking track which follows a gold mining era water race. But after his wife Naomi drowned while swimming the property was sold in 1924. In the Ritchie family for five generations since settlement, brothers Jason and Dan – sons of Eda and the late Robin Ritchie – have placed the Penshurst property on the market with price expectations in the vicinity of $15 million plus. Some drone footage of Mt Blackwood, Victoria, Australia. Jason runs the day-to-day operations of the farm, along with a couple of staff, and has spent considerable time and money transforming Blackwood into a good yielding cropping property. There is a map available which can guide the visitor through the orchard and gardens which combine native flora with introduced species. The returns were too poor. * On 4 January, 1855 Edward Hill found gold at Golden Point. He went from clergyman to bank robber and, when he shot and killed a policeman, he was captured and hanged in 1880. Most of “Blackwood” has never been sold. “Blackwood” is a western district icon, with a history dating back to 1842. The garden culminates in an extravagant display in March for our Autumn Festival. Blackwood is one of the finest nineteenth century examples of the Picturesque house in Australia and a masterpiece of the architectural practice, Butler and Ussher. AFTER five generations of Ritchie family ownership, the legendary Blackwood, at Penshurst, is for sale. Some History of Simmons Reef, Blackwood. Blackwood is 10km northeast of Penshurst and about 20km south of Dunkeld. The Blackwood Hotel still stands in the centre of town. Jason said it was not uncommon to yield above six tonnes of wheat per hectare and above 2.5 tonnes of canola a hectare. * Prior to European settlement the area was occupied by both the Woiwurung and Wathaurong Aboriginal language groups both of whom had lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. Media in category "Blackwood, Victoria" The following 11 files are in this category, out of 11 total. It is mostly a small township made of some approximately 200 residents plus many houses that are used as holiday homes, plus cottages which are available to rent. The Lerderderg State Park lies to the south of Blackwood and covers 14,250 ha. Blackwood Name Meaning. There is the grave of a Frenchwoman, Madame Pauline Bonford, who cut many of the water races which supplied the water required by the diggings. Ideally located to the south of Australiaâs famous Grampians mountain range, âBlackwoodâ offers the pinnacle in rural living with a broadscale flexible income stream and a superb mountain vista. History of Blackwood, Victoria. On Whalebone Road there is one of the original cottages which dates from some time between 1855 and 1864. Required fields are marked *. Blackwood is located 89 km north-west of Melbourne via the Western Highway through Bacchus Marsh. Places of Interest in Blackwood; Rip Van Winkle mine, Mineral Springs, Blackwood. Blackwood Ridge is not a geographical location, it is a destination along a winding gravel road set in the heart of the Wombat State Forest, one hour west of Melbourne. Tel: (03) 5368 6514. According to legend she was found drowned after getting lost in the bush but this is more legend than fact. * It has been estimated that between 1869-1880 the Sultan mine at Barrys Reef yielded 65,801 ounces of gold. Margot Hitchcock has been most helpful with information. MARGOT HITCHCOCK. It is actually the second time the property has been sold by the Ritchie family as it was bought back in 1927 after an 11 year gap following the great war. There is a fenced area with a viewing platform along the track, where you can safely view one of the old mine shafts. He later moved to central Queensland to the goldfields of the Calliope area. The homestead was constructed of local bluestone in the Picturesque Aesthetic style. From this other spring begin a couple of scenic walking tracks. It was placed on the Register of the National Trust with the citation: "“A charming naïve timber Church in primitive Gothic style with classicising details, dated from 1865. Alan Ritchie returned to Australia after graduating in 1924, and in 1927 purchased back the homestead and 3,800 acres which had been sold in 1916. The Grave of Isaac Povey All of the mining in the area was conducted by hand in very difficult conditions. GET STARTED. The Blackwood Cemetery There are unconfirmed suggestions the sale reputedly at around $14 million was to one of China’s biggest textile manufacturing companies. Do you have any information on the mine and whether it was successful? The monument to Matthew Rogers, who constructed the Garden of St Erth, in the Blackwood Cemetery, Little Doaty's Grave in the Blackwood Cemetery, http://www.blackwoodpublishing.com/aspects-of-early-blackwood-history-and-pioneers/, http://www.diggers.com.au/gardens-cafes/gardens/st-erth.aspx, http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/225599/FS0112_-_Whipstick_Loop_Walk.pdf, http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4933, to explore one of the lesser known mining towns in Victoria, to wander around the historic town cemetery, to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Lerderderg State Park. Below Sweets Lookout is a trail which leads past Golden Point, where the miners' water races, carved into the mountains' flanks, are still visible. In the heart of the Western District, the property enjoys good rainfall and is watered by a system of tiered dams and two bores that reticulate water via 50mm-75mm pipes to troughs. The Garden of St Erth is on the Register of the National Estate. My Greatgrandfather Walter Reddicliffe is listed as a shareholder in the New North Cohens Gold Mining Co Mount Blackwood in 1873. Bedrooms: 6 About 2000ha of canola, wheat and barley crop will be included in the sale of the property. The Blackwood Mineral Springs Reserve is located off Golden Point Road east of the town centre. “Blackwood” presents quality farm improvements of purpose and function. Blackwood was known as Mount Blackwood until 1921 when the name was shortened to Blackwood. There's the grave of one of the town's true pioneers, Bridget Cruise who built the Blackwood Hotel in 1868, after the death of her husband. Livestock capacity: 25000.00 dse, Further information: Agriculture: Saleyard, Grain silo, Truck depot, Railyards I am doing research on his life and times. Ritchie’s sell bluestone Blackwood in Western Victoria to Chinese interests The property also has a bluestone woolshed and ram shed with yards. It also records that her real name was Pauline Bounefond or, maybe, Pauline Bonnefond. The Elders website says it is under offer, http://www.eldersrealestate.com.au/office/vic/rural/buy/property-cropping-vic-penshurst-554513, http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/rural/ritchie-s-sell-bluestone-blackwood-in-western-victoria-to-chinese-interests/2014021667576, http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl?mode=place_detail;search=place_name%3Dblackwood%3Bstate%3DVIC%3Bkeyword_PD%3Don%3Bkeyword_SS%3Don%3Bkeyword_PH%3Don%3Blatitude_1dir%3DS%3Blongitude_1dir%3DE%3Blongitude_2dir%3DE%3Blatitude_2dir%3DS%3Bin_region%3Dpart;place_id=15769, http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estate-news/time-to-swap-channels-20131010-2vafw.html, http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/10/09/585319_property.html, http://federation-house.wikispaces.com/s/blank.html. It was named after a Captain Blackwood, Commander of a ship named Fly from 1843-1845. Bluestone has been combined with sandstone for window details, along with half timbering and plaster to the gable ends, all under Major’s patent terracotta tiles from Bridgewater in the UK. The name "Blackwood" most likely comes from either the Acacia melanoxylon, also known as the Australian blackwood, which grows in the nearby Mount Lofty Ranges, or the Eucalyptus odorata, which grows in Blackwood and has dark bark.. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in December. There are walking tracks across to Foster's Lookout, to the tunnel, sluices and open-cut mine of Simmons Reef, and up the Lerderderg River to Crown Dam, where the path leads across the dam and back down the opposite bank of the waterway. It is a sad irony that he was travelling with Edward John Hill and in the year of Povey's death Hill, who had dug his friend's grave, found gold and was largely responsible for the rush that created Blackwood. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine began publication with the April 1817 issue. Distance from Centre: 32.00 kilometres The most challenging is the three-day walk from Blackwood to Mackenzie's Flat along the Lerderderg River. George Tibbits, in an article titled ‘The So-Called Melbourne Domestic Queen Anne’ describes Blackwood Homestead as one of the finest 19th century examples. Explore this cemetery for graves, information and tombstones for names in Blackwood Cemetery in Blackwood, Victoria, a Find A Grave Cemetery. * By 1857 there were possibly more than 1,000 Chinese miners in the area. Here, at the Beggs family’s sprawling Nareeb Nareeb wool property and the nearby Ritchie family’s Blackwood, mingled the members of what author Richard Zachariah calls “a regular salon of like-minded grandees, all of them related, occupying key sites of political and economic power”. Jason and Dan have owned the property for the past 14 years and have transformed it from a mostly livestock operation to a viable cropping enterprise. In conception and certain details, the house reflects the work of the English architect, Richard Norman Shaw; however, Butler and Ussher have grouped theses elements into a more strident asymmetry than is shown in Shaw’s works with the main concentration of gables, oriels and chimneys around the reception rooms balanced by the plain low slung expanses of terra cotta roof tiles of the bedroom wing. Places of Interest in Blackwood; Rip Van Winkle mine, Mineral Springs, Blackwood. First settled in 1842, the 2428-hectare property features a recently renovated six-bedroom bluestone homestead, a manager’s residence, two cottages, a bluestone coachhouse and other outbuildings as well as about 2000 hectares of barley, wheat and canola crops. Scottish and English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Dumfries, Strathclyde, and Yorkshire, named Blackwood, from Old English blæc âblackâ, âdarkâ + wudu âwoodâ. One of the teams favourite âhauntsâ is the Blackwood Hotel. Accession No: H89.186/15 Monday, 17 February 2014 Margot is in the process of writing a history of Blackwood and its pioneers. Fed arch Historic Env vol2 iss2.pdf. * By 1882 most mining in the district had stopped. (3) O'Brien's Crossing - Byers Back Track - The Tunnel - 3 km, 90 minutes - this track follows the old water race around the valley and provides fine views of the valley. RIFA executives had previously been undertaking study trips to Western Australia with InvestWest foreign investment agribusiness head Verghese Jacob advising representatives on opportunities in the sheep supply chain. The cemetery, surrounded by a bluestone fence, located some distance from the current homestead contains several unmarked graves of the Ritchie family, as well as and an obelisk dedicated to James Ritchie, who died in 1857, aged 45 when his horse bolted and threw him against a tree. Most interestingly in its early days the pulpit played host to a lay preacher from Bacchus Marsh named George Andrew Scott who later was known as Captain Moonlight. Botany. The Blackwood Cemetery Cemeteries are always interesting places, particularly historic cemeteries like the one at Blackwood which was gazetted in 1860. The Blackwood Hotel lies at the heart of the town. Located beyond the Garden of St Erth, the Jack Cann Reserve is an excellent place to enjoy interesting bushwalks. The Picturesque but spreading multigabled design with sections of half timbering compares with contemporary English works, particularly to Edward Ould’s Wightwock Manor of 1887 and 1893, and C F A Voysey’s Walnut Tree Farm of 1890. I would like to get copies of any photos related to these activities or any other information regarding living conditions of those gold rush times. “It’s always going to be an emotional thing (selling), but it’s also an exciting thing and gives us the opportunity to move on and do different things with our lives,” Jason said. There is also excellent and detailed information at http://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4933 with lots of informed walking commentary. Who might have imagined, as this “salon” met for lamb roast dinners, the conversations charting the nation’s path, that the long gilded era of the Western District squattocracy would soon fade? Land Use: Grazing, Cropping Thoughtfully positioned on a prominent hillside location overlooking the property, “Blackwood” homestead stands in an English and native treed and lawned setting, providing a curtain of privacy and brilliant spring texture surrounding the homestead. Astute investors will recognise the unique characteristics that make “Blackwood” one of Victoria’s finest rural holdings. Both Mackenzie's Flat and O'Brien's Crossing have good picnic facilities with toilets and electric barbecues. The island has become a rookery for large amounts of Ibis as well.A system of tiered dams support the network, ensuring a never failing stock water supply. Cocooned in the Wombat State Forest, the bush garden plays host to a variety of native birds, as well as being a place of restful contemplation. News Ltd papers suggest the buyer was Zhejiang RIFA Holding Group which credits itself as worth more than 10 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) having been established in 1993. Blackwood was known as Mount Blackwood until 1921 when the name was shortened to Blackwood. Land Area 2428 hectares, Your email address will not be published. The Lederderg River is recognised as a Heritage River. R. B and Lillian had two children, Robert Blackwood Ritchie II (known as Robin) born in 1894, and Alan Blackwood Ritchie, born in 1895. * In 1855 the post office, known at the time as Mount Blackwood, opened for business. A strikingly bold south elevational composition consists of gables, a half hip roof, and an observational composition consists of gables, a half hip roof and an observation tower, which combine bluestone in the walls, sandstone for window details, half timbering and plaster to the gable ends, and Major’s patent terra cotta tiles from Bridgewater (UK) for the extensive roof and subsidiary gables. Miners hand dug these trenches to direct water both to and from their mine workings. He was only 24 at the time. Type: Freehold The natural spring of Koban's pool is a cool place to escape the summer heat." She was said to have sold the water in her race for a shilling for so much water for sluicing." In 1916, R.B sold the homestead and 3,800 acres to James Robertson of Skene, after his eldest son, known as Robin was killed on the Somme in France in World War I in 1916. Description: “Blackwood” homestead comprises six bedrooms, main bedroom ensuite and dressing room, 2 further bathrooms,2 powder rooms, formal entrance hall, formal dining room, formal sitting room, billiard room, study, chef’s quality modern kitchen of exceptional standard, adjoining meals area, family room, laundry and 2 bedroom self-contained guest accommodation.”Blackwood” homestead has many ornate original features of the era such as ceiling to floor open fire places, ornate timber dado panelling, handcrafted timber ceilings, high skirting boards and leadlight windows throughout.Historic bluestone carriage shed, with mezzanine, grooms accommodation and stables complete the homestead outbuildings. Blackwood Merchant, Martin Street, Sun, Mon and Thurs, 9am-5pm, Fri and Sat, 9am-9pm, 5368 6525. It has some particularly fascinating nineteenth century graves. History. Blue Mount Cemetery, Blackwood. To the north of the entrance are the more private morning room and bedrooms which proceed along the east front and return around the north elevation. There is an excellent downloadable brochure, complete with map, at http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/225599/FS0112_-_Whipstick_Loop_Walk.pdf which points out that "Along the walk there is historical evidence of various types of mining with both vertical and horizontal shafts. “We’ve got about 800 tonnes of grain storage and we have a continuous flow grain dryer, which basically means we can just start harvesting at 9am, so that’s certainly improved the efficiency of the operation,” Jason said. There is a central laneway system linking the paddocks on the property and fencing is in excellent condition. Description of Country: The outstanding volcanic soil types that comprise “Blackwood” are widely renowned. R.B bought his younger son, Alan, to visit Blackwood after the war in 1919, and took joint ownership of the remaining Blackwood land. Photo: Rebecca Hallas There's 'Little Doaty's Grave' (23 October, 1878), the resting place of an unfortunate four year old whose real name was Josephine Margaret Rowan. A central laneway system allows easy stock movement. Ideally located to the south of Australia’s famous Grampians mountain range, “Blackwood” offers the pinnacle in rural living with a broadscale flexible income stream and a superb mountain vista. Comments: “Blackwood” is watered by two substantial interconnected bores and a third smaller bore reticulating water via 50mm and 75mm pipes to troughs throughout the property with a 125K litre header tank as a reserve, providing high quality reliable stock water. 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