Cradle Mountain Lodge.

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A warm and cosy lodge at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is a great place to stay right next to the national park with wombats, and wallabies, platypi and all manner of marsupial rodents ambling right next to your accommodation without a care.
Cradle Mountain TASMANIA.
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100 Years of Australian Film.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSAA) celebrate the past and present of Australian film with the new exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Louise Lovely and Gordon Collingridge in Jewelled Nights (1925), directed by Louise Lovely and Wilton Welch.
In this classic double silhouette of the two stars, the photographer’s dramatic use of lighting highlights Lovely’s androgynous profile, while the construction and costuming of the still frames her in sharp relief to her co-star.
Jewelled Nights saw Lovely transcend her Hollywood starlet persona for her emerging identity of director, producer and dramatic lead. It was her first and only Australian film following her return from Hollywood. Only fragments of the film survive.
Photograph: John H Robinson/NFSAA

Toni Collette as Muriel in Muriel’s Wedding (1994), directed by P J Hogan.
P J Hogan’s award-winning comedy celebrates Muriel as a misfit and daydreamer determined to escape her dysfunctional family. The film introduced Collette to a global audience.
Robert McFarlane’s still is taken at a revealing moment halfway through, when Muriel is caught trying on a wedding gown for an imaginary wedding. She confesses to her friend Rhonda how much getting married means to her: ‘If I can get married it means that I’m changed, I’m a new person, [not] Muriel Heslop. Stupid, fat and useless. I hate her!’
Photograph: Robert McFarlane/House and Moorhouse Films/NFSAA
Click for more wonderful Images and Stories via From Louise Lovely to Nicole Kidman: 100 years of Australian film – in pictures

Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Victoria.

aradale_ghost_tour-e1371788893112Situated in Ararat, Victoria, construction of the goal commenced in 1859 and the facility was opened in  1861.
In 1887 it was converted for use as a maximum security psychiatric ward for the criminally insane.
The original building was intended to be a Victorian goldfields prison, based on the Pentonville concept, by the Public Works Department. 
On 10 October 1861 the gaol was opened, with a total of 21 prisoners incarcerated.
The first Governor was Samuel Walker (previously the Governor of Portland Gaol). In 1864 the gaol housed 40 prisoners and in 1867 John Gray became the gaol’s second Governor, a position he held for ten years.
On the 15 August 1870 the first execution was conducted at the gaol, when Andrew Vere was hung for the murder of Amos Cheale in January 1869.
The second execution at the gaol was held on 25 September 1883, when Robert Francis Burns was hung for the murder of Michael Quinlivan.
In 1877 Henry Pinniger was appointed as the gaol’s third Governor.
On 6 June 1884 the gaol held its third execution, with Henry Morgan being hung for the murder of Margaret Nolan in November 1883. I
n 1884 George Fiddimont became the gaol’s fourth Governor, he died of a heart attack at the goal on 14 September 1886.
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In the aftermath of the Victorian gold rush the gaol was no longer required and in December 1886 the gaol building was proclaimed as the ‘J Ward’, part of the Ararat Lunatic Asylum.
J Ward is now a museum open to the public. Other notes about J Ward include the amazing art work done by prisoners on the walls out side in their open area, the way this place makes you still imagine it being operated, and the thought to detail is amazing.
J ward was not only occupied by the criminally insane but also the insane who had not committed any crimes.
via Ararat Lunatic Asylum – J Ward – Wikipedia

Reflections on Maroondah Dam, Victoria.

Maroondah Dam
Reflections on Maroondah Dam in Victoria.
The Maroondah Dam is a rock foundation concrete gravity dam with an uncontrolled rock chute spillway across the Watts River, located in Victoria.
The principal purpose of the dam and its reservoir is to supply potable water for Greater Metropolitan Melbourne.
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Source: Maroondah Dam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)