We went to the University of Western Australia on the weekend to catch a concert at Winthrop Hall. The impressive building dates from 1932 and is often described as being Italian style.
It doesn’t strike us as looking so Italian, but that’s mainly because you can admire the building from across the spacious lawn and reflection pool. In Italy the historic buildings often face onto a small piazza, so you have to look at them from up close. If you do that with Winthrop Hall, it looks much more Italian.
We recently stopped in the small town of Cuballing, south of Perth on the Great Southern Highway, and liked this old post office. It dates from 1912 and is now disused. The old bike out front is a nice touch.
We also liked a lot of the wooden memorabilia at the Old Police Station museum in Mount Barker, south of Perth. The wooden horse trough above dates from the 1890s.
And like all Australians, we like old dunnies (detached conveniences, or outhouses, for our overseas readers). These ones are from the 1930s.
We were amused by the slogan around the edge of this build plate. It looks like a secret code, or maybe that pig Latin that we used as a secret language at school.
But it’s actually just English, with the spaces between the words moved around a bit. The build plate is on a piece of vintage farm machinery – maybe a seed distributor – at the old police station in Mount Barker.
We passed plenty of distance markers on our road trip to Albany. The one above is 35km out of Katanning – if it was 35km from Kalgoorlie, we would have been seriously lost.
These modern signs are informative and very visible, but they don’t have the drama and pioneering spirit of the old wooden ones. The ones below are outside the Historical Museum in Katanning.
We were walking through the bushland at Perth’s Bold Park yesterday and noticed this old dead tree beside the trail. But at second glance, we saw that there were two well camouflaged birds sitting on the branch. They are Tawny Frogmouths, which look a bit like owls but aren’t actually owls at all.
We saw Tawny Frogmouths on the same branch about three months ago. However there were three of them on that occasion. Maybe the two parents told junior to go away and set up his own home.
We saw this mysterious piece of vintage machinery on a farm near Albany recently. It is The Eclipse “O” built by R Hunt & Co of Earls Colne in Essex, England. But what is it used for?
Believe it or not, this machine is actually a food processor for farm animals. For example, it is used to grind up turnips for pig feed. And why is it so ornately pretty? Now that’s a real mystery.