Sunday History Photo / Vic

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The Hopetoun West Baptist Church operated from 1906 until it was closed in 1965. Between 1933 and 1954 the Karkarooc Shire's population fell by 35%, due to farm mechanisation and the drift to larger towns, the droughts in the 40s and 50s. To say nothing of mouse & locust plagues, sand-drift, drought or farm income fluctuations.
This left the hopes and dreams of the church founders empty and abandoned. Fortunately for us today they built to last, and the remains of their stone buildings still stand today, abet somewhat shakily.





The floor is a little treacherous, and sections of the roof have fallen in, but you still get the impression of what the church was like.
Likewise the Hopetoun West State School No. 3321. It opened in August-November 1898 in a hall with a porch built of pine plastered with lime and later an iron shelter shed.
A new hall, built with local labour, was occupied in 1913. The Hopetoun West school closed in May 1947 due to falling attendance.
In this marginal land, schools opened and closed with remarkable frequency, with buildings moving from one site to another following the population flows. Of the 378 schools established in the Mallee region, only 100 remained open by the 1970s, and they have dipped even further since.
Despite being unused for more then 50 years the building stands as testament to the efforts of the local families who erected it.




Sorry for the delay, had a lot on the mind last couple of days, also do a 2 program on FM107.5 station in Orange 10am / Noon

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 20:53

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 20:53
Thanks Doug
I can sleep peacefully now .


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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:03

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:03
Whew. Glad to get my Sunday hit.
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Reply By: Member - Noel K (NT) - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:19

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:19
Geez your a worry, Doug T.

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Reply By: The Explorer - Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:42

Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 21:42
Great subject..

More here...Wimera - Way Back When

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 00:34

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 00:34
Love your sig Greg, I have a picture of me crossing that sandridge in the ute :-)


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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 09:16

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 09:16
see any footprints :)

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Reply By: Member - Minty (SA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 00:22

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 00:22
Thanks Doug, Hopetoun is one of our favourite camping spots, it is an excellent base for turing the western Victorian deserts. That said, I know little of the local history. You have piqued my interest, and I will seek to know more when next I am there.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:08

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:08
It's a damn long way from Hopetoun to Western Victorian Deserts isn't it? I would be basing myself in Victoria to do that.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:09

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:09
Oops, there is a Hopetoun in Vic too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Minty (SA) - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:19

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 18:19
Yep. I did wonder, so I checked.
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 08:46

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 08:46
I think that the first and second photos down from the top are of a different building?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 09:18

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 09:18
Yes ...windows and brickwork are different - so different building by the looks.

The old photo appears to have been lifted from here

If you go to the original website from where the information above is largely copied there is reference to a school and a church so maybe one is the church and one is the school?

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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:56

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 12:56
No big deal is it, Looks like I grabbed a photo of the school , they do look alike .

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 23:13

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 23:13
Not your fault Doug...you just cut and paste from other websites so any "errors" just get replicated....and certaintly no big deal. Explanation could be simple, maybe someone with more time than you or I can investigate and provide an explanation.

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