Monday, 14 March 2016


Heading off for the Grampians Texture 2016 week with Ruth, Dawne, Sue & Marilyn. We are travelling in two cars due to the luggage we have with normal clothes etc and then craft supplies. We meet up in Goulburn for lunch before continuing on to Albury to stay overnight.

The next day we traveled to Ballarat via Castlemaine. On the way we took the scenic route and enjoyed the beautiful landscape, which for a small section of the journey had these magnificent boulders lying across the land.

This little house and Uniting Church were across from the boulders in Emu Flat, a truly beautiful little spot on our journey.

In Castlemaine we stopped to have lunch, after visiting the Tourist Information Centre in the Castlemaine Market Building built in 1861.The northern, or Central Market building was built to the plans of  William Downe (the town surveyor). Originally designed to sit between two smaller market buildings. The combination of design elements and the architectural influences of the Castlemaine Market are unique within Australia. The two most characteristic features being the North Front comprising Tuscan temple portico flanked by towers perhaps reminiscent of the Mistley Parish Church in Essex. The second suggests that the use of laminated timber ribs in the roof may be influenced by the design of King's Cross Station in London.

The building is dedicated to Ceres, the Roman Goddess of the Harvest, represented by a life size sculpture fixed to the apex of the central facade. 

The National Trust listed the building in 1959, when market trading ceased in 1967 the building was acquired by the National Trust in a deteriorated condition. Subsequently restored in 2000 the building was leased to Mount Alexander Shire Council for use as the Tourist Information Centre.

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