Took these photos just two hours ago. I’ll have to come back because there’s more abandoned buildings in the area. As soon as i got home i researched the history of it and this is what i came up with. More photos to come.
Sir Henry Parkes (known as the father of Australian federation), bought a large acreage property that stretched from Faulconbridge
to Linden (then known as 17 Mile Hollow) in 1876 and built a wooden cottage that he named Stonehurst.
On Oct 9, 1876 the Numantia railway platform was opened.
In 1879 he built a second wooden cottage to the south of the first naming it Faulconbridge House.
The name came from his mother’s family, her maiden name being Martha Faulconbridge.
Faulconbridge House saw many famous visitors incuding: Prince George of Wales (later King George V),
Prince Albert of Wales, and also Prince Louis of Battenberg.
Sir Henry Parkes sold 900 acres of his property to his friend & associate Sir James Martin.
Martin was at various times in his career Q.C., Attorney-General, & Chief Justice.
Notably, he also served three separate terms as NSW Premier.
The famous historical landmark, Martin Place in Sydney, was also named in honour of Sir James Martin.
In 1877 Martin sub-divided his land & sold a parcel to his friend Sir Alfred Stephen.
Martin built a wooden house adjacent to the current railway line & called it Numantia.
Numantia was named after an ancient Spanish city that Martin had read about.
He also had a private railway platform named Alphington constructed.
Martin had a grand vision for the property & Paddy Ryan laid stone foundations for the construction a large house
further west towards Linden. Ryan also excavated a spring to form a reservoir that became Lady Martin’s Bath.
The baths were never used & this grandiose plan became known as Martin’s Folly as 5,000 pounds had already been spent.
The sandstone wall that still stands along the railway line enclosed the rear courtyard of Numantia.
Numantia was destroyed by bushfire in 1982.
The truth is The binds of this life drag is down to depths we are unprepared to master. All we can do is try to accept move and move past. Pain is inevitable true life comes after the last light shines.
Woah. I love this on so many different levels.
Simple but elegant.
This is off the Bermuda Triangle, where 16+ ships washed up on a sand bar. The mystery is still unsolved
Actually the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has been given a scientific explanation: methane vents which have been discovered in that region.
Methane reduces the density of water, causing ships that would normally float, to instead sink.
Methane, when in gas form, messes with the electrical components of aircraft, causing them to fail and sometimes fall right out of the sky.
Methane also causes the water to turn a ghostly greenish color, and the “ghost ships” reported to be seen are simply green reflections of the ships that scatter the bottom of the triangle.
Artist Alex Pardee has created “The Console Warriors,” two video game art prints that do a damn good job of celebrating the current console war. Will the Xbox One come in next week and blow the PlayStation 4 out of the digital water? Only time will tell. Mwahahaha!