Saturday, October 20, 2007

early Geelong paintings

from w
Tidying up old files of cuttings, I came across a Geelong Advertiser that printed three photos of early Geelong paintings: Eugene Von Guerard's 'Barwon River' 1854, Alexander Webb's 'Yarra Street', 1872, and William Tibbits' 'Geelong', 1874 of Eastern Beach. All very different from now. Though I wouldn't want to go back to the time before electricity, running water, cars, computers, I think we can do without the over-development that is going on in the vicinity of Yarra Street today with huge multinationals building even more shops, malls, supermarkets and a bridge over the road blocking the view of the bay. Our protests were in vain.



Blogger Um Naief said...

wow... what beautiful pictures. it looks so colonial back when. was it controlled by the british?

i have finally found some time to visit blogs... so i'm hoping to catch up w/ yours, moody's and a few others :)

12:12 AM  
Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

It's sad but kind of refreshing to see old paintings or photos of the way our home lands used to be. It really helps us get things into perspective.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Um Naief, before the 1850s Geelong had groups of indigenous people living near the lakes and rivers and perhaps they had been there for up to 40,000 years! Then the English/Scottish/Irish newcomers came, took land, chopped down trees, and the indigenous people moved away or were treated very badly.
Moody, it's a romanticised view to look back I suppose, but certainly many mistakes have happened on the way. I really dislike high rise buildings and over-development. Perhaps our views are often informed by our childhood - I lived in a town of about 8000 people and that seemed about right!

6:09 PM  

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