Category - Maldon

The Historic Gutters of Maldon

Historic Open Gutters of Maldon

Historic Open Gutters of Maldon

Joseph Jenkins, a Welshman, stayed at Maldon for ten years tending to the gutters which are now a historic feature of our town.

The three Australian faces of Joseph Jenkins: Swagman, rural labourer and man of letters.

The three Australian faces of Joseph Jenkins: Swagman, rural labourer and man of letters.

“The story of Joseph Jenkins is one of the more curious tales of our history. A meticulous diarist, he comes to Australia from his homeland of Wales in 1868, and spends 25 years here as a swagman, street-sweeper, miner, farmhand and poet.”

Joseph obtained regular employment in 1884 as a cleaner of streets and drains in the town of Maldon, a few miles north from Castlemaine.

He remained here working until he reached the age of 76 and became homesick for Wales. Having saved the fare, he departed Maldon by rail on 23 November 1894, and embarked on the ss Ophir which docked at Tilbury docks on 5 January 1895.

Joseph Jenkins Plaque at Maldon Railway Station

Joseph Jenkins Plaque at Maldon Railway Station

In 1994 a water drinking fountain and a plaque were erected at Maldon railway station to recognise the centenary of Joseph Jenkins’s departure and his unique record of the life of a rural worker in Victoria.

Main Street Maldon after a November Rain

Main Street Maldon after Rain

Main Street Maldon after Rain

It’s been a very dry year so when we had some decent rain on the night of 4th November it was a welcome sight.

Main Street looks so pretty on a damp morning. This photo was taken just after 8am at Main Street Maldon.

Long range rain forecasts do not look good for us, so please conserve your water and ensure you make it through the dry months.

A View of Sunny Main Street Maldon

Sunny Main Street Maldon. 14th October 2018

Sunny Main Street Maldon. 14th October 2018

Today is a lovely sunny spring day at Maldon and Main Street looks so beautiful in the morning.

There are plenty of reasons to visit Maldon. So if you’re looking to do a day trip from Melbourne then there is still time to leave and arrive by lunch time to explore our wonderful goldfields town.

Heritage Buildings at Maldon – High Street Maldon

Heritage Building - High Street Maldon

Heritage Building – High Street Maldon

Maldon is a historic town and we have some amazing examples of original goldfields architecture around the town.

This building can be found on High Street at Maldon, diagonally opposite the Post Office.

Explore the wonderful gold rush architecture of Maldon which spans from the mid 1850s to 1950s and even into modern times.

There are plenty of things to do around Maldon and exploring the amazing architecture of the town is just one of them.

A Sunny Spring Day at Maldon

Sunny Spring Day – Main Street Maldon – 12th October 2018

Today is a beautiful sunny spring day at Maldon.

As you drive into Maldon you will see the spectacular wattle blooming and as you venture down Main Street you will see our historic town bathing in the sunlight.

Blue skies and sunshine makes for a great day trip. Visit Maldon to experience everything our original gold rush town has to offer.

Historic McArthur’s Building on Main Street Maldon

Historic McArthurs Building  from 1854 at Maldon

Historic McArthurs Building from 1854 at Maldon

Once a Bakery, the historic McArthur’s building dates back to 1854 during the height of the early Victorian Gold Rush.

This fine example of goldfields architecture has stood the test of time and is a stunning example of an original Maldon building.

Now used for a variety of pop up shops, this building is definitely worth a look while you visit Maldon.

Static Gun at Maldon Shire Gardens

Static Gun - Maldon Shire Gardens

Static Gun – Maldon Shire Gardens

This is a photograph of the static gun and rotunda at the Maldon Shire Gardens on High Street Maldon.

We have no idea of the history of the gun but it does form part of the war memorial at Maldon Shire Gardens. The gun sits behind the cenotaph.

People sometimes ask where the tyres are. The gun is mounted on a circular rail. It’s possible that the gun never had tyres but rotated on the rails.

If anyone knows anything more about the gun please leave some information in the comments below.

Maldon Athenaeum Library

The Maldon Athenaeum

The Maldon Athenaeum

This is the Maldon Athenaeum Library. The site has operated since 1863, however much of the building currently seen was built in the mid to late 1930s as the original building was mostly destroyed by a fire.

The building currently houses the Maldon Athenaeum Library and rooms are also the home of the Maldon RSL.

From the Maldon Athenaeum Library website:

The Maldon Athenaeum Library is located at No. 97 High Street, adjacent to the Post Office, and across the street from the historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

The Library is housed in the second building to be erected on the site (the first, dating from 1863 having been destroyed by fire in 1932).

The site originally was the location of the Mechanics Institute established in 1863. The Athenaeum Hall at the rear of the library was built as a billiards saloon at some stage before 1905. During the 1920’s through to the 1930’s the noise and behaviour of patrons caused some concern. On Sunday, 30th July 1935 a fire broke out destroying part of the building.

The general Maldon community was behind the rebuilding of the Athenaeum and before a year had elapsed funds had been speedily raised locally to erect the present brick building. The Athenaeum never stopped operating as temporary rooms were made available until the new building was completed. The present building is “owned” by the people of Maldon and administered by a Committee of Management under the umbrella of the State Government’s Department of Sustainability & Environment. The land is Crown Land.

The local RSL has used the Hall as a clubroom for many years and shares it with the Library and other local groups.

There was a period of gentle stagnation when the population of Maldon dwindled after WW2 but a handful of far-sighted people kept the Library open when all other Mechanics’ Institutes in country towns were closing their doors. Thanks to these few, the Maldon Athenaeum is now only one of six Mechanics’ Institutes still operating as a library.