Australia Day – lets look at life on the Goldfields

Today is Australia Day, and I thought it was the perfect day to share some snaps from the very start of the year, when we went back in time to 1854 and visited the historical gold mining town of Sovereign Hill.

It was a fantastic day out, and brought back memories for both Luke and I, who had both visited Sovereign Hill (separately) while we were in Primary School.  I think every Victorian student goes there at some stage – it is such a fantastic place to visit.  Don’t you just love this tiny house – much nicer than the miners tents.

We watched the soldiers march, rolled a few balls in the old time bowling alley, panned for gold, (sadly, no luck there) visited the apothecary shop, looked at how coffins are made and watched the blacksmith working.  This was a horse waiting for a new shoe.

The kids attended a school, and all tried using ink and quill.

The school teacher was probably nicer (went easier on them) than she would have been.

We listened to a band, and the rest of the family went on down a mine (I didn’t like the sound of the three metre ladder, and stayed under the blue sky.

The kids finished the day with enormous lollipops, after the boiled lolly making demonstration.  It was a wonderful family day out.

Have you had a fantastic family day out these holidays?

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