View Full Version : Buildings from Carters Towers
07-09-2006, 11:57 PM
Just a snapshot of a town.
In its time this town was a hive of activity, it is not as big as it used to be though.
There is lots more if you are interested :D
07-10-2006, 12:13 AM
Of course we're interested.... very interesting little town.....
07-10-2006, 08:22 AM
You have lots of styles of building not seen here in the US but shown often in moves from down under. "Please madam, may we have more?"
On the third building what is that second story wing for?
07-10-2006, 09:42 AM
What a cool looking town! Nice photos!
07-10-2006, 04:20 PM
Sorry Guys I only just realised that I spelt the name wrong in the title of this thread. It should have read
Charters Towers ...................
As for the buildings, I believe they are generally from the era of the 1800's and I understand that the town itself is Heritage Listed. (I would have to check that up though)
The 1st building was the Stock Exchange and I believe it was the biggest stock exchange in the southern hemisphere in it sday (now just an arcade with boutique shops in it)
The 2nd building is a clothing store and I believe its principal use has not changed since it was built (I am not sure what the wing is for, possibly a viewing platform for the main street)
Chuck I think something like that quote came out of Oliver Twist which was English rather than Australian. However our buildings were probably modelled on a lot of English Buildings as we were a colony and the settlers were trying to make this place as home like as possible.
Thankyou for looking all :D
07-10-2006, 04:29 PM
#11 A Front View of the Stock Exchange
I hope you are still enjoying this (there is more :evil: )
07-10-2006, 05:31 PM
Wendy yes it was a paraphrase of Dickens but we use it a lot when it applies and we left the empire rather forcefully quite sometime ago.
But here it still applies. I, for one, will never get to see this stuff otherwise, too poor for travel that far from home. In my part of the world we do not have one building built before 1860 or there about and that was all fort style or ranch/farm sytle. Folks didn't start making enough money to build nicer buildings untill 1900 or there about and then seldom was the outside the nicer part.
07-10-2006, 05:48 PM
Glad you are enjoying the town Chuck! Our country does not have a long history and the money for nice buildings came form Gold in that area. These bildings date from the late 1800's. It is amazing that so many have survived in one place. Most towns have spent a great deal of resources "modernising" their towns. This one has a lot of character and yes there are more buildings ready to post later.
07-13-2006, 05:33 PM
A few more for you :D
#12 A little bit of wall decoration
#15 Closer view
all for now :D
07-13-2006, 05:46 PM
what beautiful buildings!I love old buildings. The bank of commerce is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing Wendy.
07-13-2006, 05:54 PM
Glad you are enjoying them Paula :)
07-13-2006, 06:12 PM
Great stuff W especially the clear blue skies virtually unknown here!!
07-13-2006, 06:15 PM
The clear blue skies are more the norm out there than not at the moment. Glad you are enjoying them C :D
07-13-2006, 07:23 PM
I can't get over the clear, clean, uncluttered spaces in the town. The buildings look as if they were built last night. Building that old here would be marked for removeable. You know "pave it over for a parking lot".
07-13-2006, 07:45 PM
Chuck I think the town is heritage listed which means that even new building have to be in keeping with what is already there. Demolition is not an option.
07-14-2006, 08:16 AM
Thanks for all these photos, Wendy, and the details too. The buildings are beautiful, aren't they and show up so well against that clear 'Down Under' sky. :D
Glad those guys 'Up Top' know what they are missing. :rolleyes:
07-17-2006, 01:45 AM
07-22-2006, 03:53 AM
and thats all for this set, thankyou for looking :)
07-22-2006, 04:59 PM
Particularly like the arcade Wendy. The lighting in the shots looks like here in southern France with blazing sun and very high contrast to cope with. Back to cooler climes and and my own PC on Monday thank God!
07-22-2006, 05:29 PM
Hi Chris, I rather liked the Arcade on too :D Your description of the lighting is pretty accurate and also fairly normal for here. (The light here is pretty vicious most of the time).
I hope you have had a good break (and got lots of photos)
07-22-2006, 05:29 PM
Great shots Wendy its so nice to see places we haven't been ,thanks for sharing and what I like is how clean it is, its as if they sweep the streets...Very nice!!!
07-22-2006, 05:54 PM
Patty it is a very clean town. A lot of country towns here are tidy, I think they take more pride than they do in cities.
Glad you enjoyed them :)
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