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Steam festival at Sheffield

1/ Sheffield is in north western Tasmania. Every year it holds a steam festival. The steam festival had an impressive display of old steam engines like this Fowler model on display.

Steam festival at Sheffield

2/ This Marshall steam engine had this very large canopy on the top, plus a large wood tray.

Steam festival at Sheffield

3/ The McClaren engine was steamed up and ready to go. Steam engines make a lot of noise.

Steam festival at Sheffield

4/ The Walsh steam engine looked strong and reliable. It also had a canopy.

Steam festival at Sheffield

5/ There was also some very impressive hand made models for sale to enthusiasts.

Steam festival at Sheffield

6/ The wood craft skills demonstrated in this steam boat were very impressive.

Steam festival at Sheffield

7/ The steam boat included this very impressive control panel, made out of fine woods.

Steam festival at Sheffield

8/ Steam cars were once the major competitors to the internal combustion engine. This one was very well restored. Note how old cars used a lot of wood in its construction.

Steam festival at Sheffield

9/ This steam roller was used to make some of the first McAdam roads in Tasmania.

Steam festival at Sheffield

10/ There were also some very old tractors, like this Farmall. Note the old wheel configuration.

Steam festival at Sheffield

11/ The old method of plowing using draft horses was demonstrated by and expert.

Steam festival at Sheffield

12/ These Clydesdale horses were used to pull the plow. Draft horses are now quite rare.

Steam festival at Sheffield

13/ The actual plow was sturdy, quite simple in design and easy to repair.

Steam festival at Sheffield

14/ The full power of this modern tractor was demonstrated by its ability to pull the heavy truck.

 

Sheffield

1/ Sheffield is a picturesque town in north western Tasmania. It has many restored, Victorian buildings era some of which are decorated with lovely murals.

Sheffield

2/ Main Street is the heart of the town of Sheffield. It has a wide variety of shops.

Sheffield

3/ Sheffield has some interesting old buildings like this restored Victorian era hotel.

Sheffield

4/ The facade of this store reflects its Victorian heritage.

Sheffield

5/ Slaters Store in Sheffield used 19th Century style fonts to advertise itself. Note the murals to the left of it.

Sheffield

6/ This shop has a massive mural on its side. It is one of the largest in Sheffield.

Sheffield

9/ The hall of Sheffield was built in 1914. It is an interesting design.

Sheffield

10/ Many houses in Sheffield have a lovely backdrop of Mt Roland, which is just to the south.

Sheffield

11/ Sheffield' s tourist information is located just off Main Street. To the right are panels awaiting murals.

Sheffield

12/ This is another view of the attractive old style shops of Sheffield.

Sheffield

13/ The church of the Holy Cross is one of the Sheffield's historic churches.

Sheffield

14/ The marble shop had a very impressive display of marbles, plus some very complicated marble races.

 

sheffield mural

1/ In April each year Sheffield holds a mural fest, which attracts skilled artists from all over Tasmania, Australia and even overseas. Many murals have a historic theme, like this one of a little girl buying chocolates.

sheffield mural

2/ This mural is seems to have a number of old themes. It cleverly blends both the outside and inside worlds. The local town hall was the centre of social life in the !9th Century.

sheffield mural

3/ The 19th Century was a time when many tonics were in vogue. This mural cleverly exploits the theme of "vitality" by having the horses and dog jump out of the picture.

sheffield mural

4/ This mural is about the Tasmanian's search and rescue service. They brave very harsh conditions to rescue lost and injured tourists from the vast Wilderness.

sheffield mural

5/ This mural celebrates 19th Century farming. The Mt Roland element shows that this celebrates local pioneers of the Sheffield area.

sheffield mural

6/ This mural was one of the largest. The figures are actually life size and the mural occupies the entire side of a shop. It is almost like looking in on ancient industry.

sheffield mural

7/ This mural has a modern style in its colors and elements. Note the minimalist approach to the faces. This new approach is in strong contrast to the 19th Century kitchen theme that it illustrates.

sheffield mural

8/ This is only a part of a much larger mural on the rigors of Colonial life. I like the action and danger that is imposed on the elements in it.

sheffield mural

9/ This is only the centre of an enormous mural on the theme of protestant settlers in early Sheffield.

sheffield mural

10/ This shows thylacines (tasgers) and a devil in the pristine Tasmanian wilderness. Thylacines were once common in the Sheffield area and rumors say that they are still there.

sheffield mural

11/ This shows a Colonial harvest scene. The steam engine made a tremendous difference at this time.

sheffield mural

12/ This shows a settler, perhaps Weindorfer, of the Cradle Mountain area. Note how the animals have invaded the house. Outside hidden in the forest is a thylacine.

sheffield mural

13/ This chart at the information centre is helpful for those who do a mural tour of Sheffield.

Sheffield mural

14/ In 2015 I visited Sheffield again and I was impressed by some of the new murals that I saw. This one explores the idea of a mobile phone.

Sheffield mural

15/ This mural summaries Australia's involvement in many wars.

Sheffield mural

16/ This mural had a comic and modern flavour.

Sheffield mural

17/ This mural shows Abel Tasman, the Dutch discoverer of Tasmania. As a purist I have to mention that the flags are wrong. They should be flying a company "VOC" flag - not a standard Dutch flag.

Sheffield mural

18/ This is part of a modern style mural. It shows the face of Truginini, a famous Tasmanian Aborigine. I was very impressed by the depth of character that the artist was able to show.

Sheffield mural

19/ I actually started to walk towards this mural for advice, until I realized the joke. You can even see an impression of a photographer in the left window.

 

railton topiary town

1/ Railton is a small town near Sheffield in north eastern Tasmania. It prides itself on being the town of topiary and has many good examples around the town.

railton topiary town

2/ In a field near the main street of Railton was this farm scene made out of many topiary figures.

Railton

3/ Like nearby Sheffield, Railton also has a number of great murals on the town's buildings. This one is about a local mine.

railton topiary town

4/ This mural reminds us that Railton was once a frontier town visit by bullock wagons.

3/ Like nearby Sheffield, Railton also has a number of great murals on the town's buildings. This one is about a local mine.

5/ The circus coming to town was a great event in the 19th Century. The enthusiasm is well carried in this happy modern style mural.

railton topiary town

6/ Railton has a number of interesting, Victorian style buildings like this classic hotel.

Railton Tasmania

7/ Railton also has an impressive Victorian town hall.

Railton Tasmania

8/ Hidden away near the war memorial of Railton was this quaint, 19th Century, church.

Railton Tasmania

9/ The Railton war memorial is probably unique in having topiary figures honouring the services.

Railton Tasmania

10/ There was another quaint, church near the war memorial at Railton.

Railton Tasmania

11/ There was also this rough war memorial, which was probably the first memorial built in Railton.

railton topiary town

12/ This is a Christmas artifacts shop. It has a very impressive range of Christmas decorations. The telephone number is 0417 556 700 or www.townoftopiary.com.au

railton topiary town

13/ It sells a huge range of Christmas decorations and topiary plants.

Railton Tasmania

14/ Inside you will see this very evocative mural.

 

Barrington in North West Tasmania

1/ Barrington is a settlement in North West Tasmania. It is West of Sheffield.

Barrington in North West Tasmania

2/ This sign says it all. There really is a place called "Nowhere Else". Behind the sign is the towering heights of Mt Roland.

Barrington in North West Tasmania

3/ This photo shows a small farming settlement near Barrington. The brown soil is very fertile in this part of Tasmania.

Lake Barrington Tasmania

4/ This photo shows the lawn of the huge Lake Barrington reservoir. The lake is about 20 kilometres long and is used by the rowing teams of Tasmania.

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