305. More Doors…

Back at Post 288 at the beginning of December 2012 I introduced photos of DOORS. While we have been on the road I have often taken a photo of a door as it appealed to me. It seems I am not alone with this doortography as I have seen many photo collections and calendars and even paintings of doors.

So, here we go once more with another collection of 10 doors in random order.

Appropriately these doors made from Western Red Cedar in a barn like building made out of Western Red Cedar are located at Mt.Beauty in Victoria just below the snow line in the Victorian Alps. I lived here for six weeks in  August and September 2012 when I house sat for Peter and Lorna B. Although large and rambling it was a comfortable home with a wonderful wood fireplace which kept it all nice and cosy.

What a lovely set of doors at Mt. Beauty in Victoria.

What a lovely set of doors at Mt. Beauty in Victoria.

While on a visit to Tumbarumba NSW I found these solid timber doors begging to be photographed. I know there were many fine examples of interesting doors in the town but I was too busy being a rubber necked tourist to think too much about taking photos.

These double doors at Tumbarumba NSW were the entrance to a private residence within a commercial building.

These double doors at Tumbarumba NSW were the entrance to a private residence within a commercial building.

I visited the town of Inverell NSW and one of my plans was to locate the Commercial Bank of Australia premises but I saw many doors walking the streets (more photos in future posts) and still did not find the CBA bank building. I did however, find the CBC bank building.

 

These solid doors are the original on the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (now absorbed/taken over by/aquired by the National Australia Bank) at Inverell NSW.

These solid doors are the original on the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (now absorbed/taken over /aquired by the National Australia Bank) at Inverell NSW.

The Courthouse at Armidale was built 1859-1860. A new courthouse is being built nearby. The courthouse is still business as usual and staff were a little uncomfortable with photographs being taken inside the building. These Red Cedar doors leading to courtroom 2 are typical of the ornate timber work throughout the building.

Ab

One of several heavy timber doors gracing the old Courthouse at Armidale.

One of several heavy timber doors gracing the old Courthouse at Armidale.

About 15 Klms from the historic town  City of Armidale is the equally historic town of Uralla. The old buildings provided many doortography opportunities. Although strictly speaking this is not a door but is was eye catching anyway.

OK OK its not a door but it is inside a covered area between two buildings forming an arcade with nothing in it and leading to a car-park at Uralla NSW.

OK OK its not a door but it is inside a covered area between two buildings forming an arcade with nothing in it and leading to a car-park at Uralla NSW.

Way out in western NSW on the edge of the desert in the beginning of the red sand country is the old historic town of Bourke. There are so many old buildings with intriguing doors that I wandered around the main streets but had forgotten my camera. Duh! This photo of an old “dunny”    ( Dunny or dunny can is Australian slang for toilet, either the room or the specific fixture, especially an outhouse or other outdoor toilets.) was taken at the Kidman Bush Camp Camp Ground where we were staying. The old dunny is now used as a a public phone booth.

The door on this wonderful useful old builing was once a privacy screen on an outside toilet in the western NSW town of Bourke.

The door on this wonderful useful old building was once a privacy screen on an outside toilet in the western NSW town of Bourke.

St.Mary of the Angel Catholic Church at Guyra is built from bricks made from clay found only at a site near Armidale Airport. The clay is no longer available but many buildings, particularly churches and public buildings in Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes and Uralla were made from the “Armidale Blue” bricks. Oh, and the church doors are solid wood.

Another solid timber door on the Catholic Church at Guyra NSW.

Another solid timber door on the Catholic Church at Guyra NSW.

While doing our December 2012, walking tour around The Rocks,  original settlement of Australia, there were so many interesting doors I thought I would never stop taking photos. Reason prevailed and only one is shown here today. This door opens to a doctors surgery in one of the original heritage listed buildings at 37 George St Sydney.

This door on a terrace house at Lower George Street Sydney NSW is the entrance to a doctors surgery. Note the traditional doctors surgery red light to the top right of the door.

This door on a terrace house at Lower George Street Sydney NSW is the entrance to a doctors surgery. Note the traditional doctors surgery red light to the top right of the door.

Taylors Arm is a small community west of Kempsey NSW. The town pushes the theory that this was the location of the original Pub With No Beer. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Pub_with_No_Beer ) This distinction is challenged by  the town of Ingham in north Queensland but numbers seem to favour Taylors Arm as the original. At the back of the Pub With No Beer is a small historical museum which itself is of some interest. The building is an old church and was rescued from demolition by the publican and carted to its present location. The museum houses all sorts of memorabillia about the area and the PWNB.

The Pub With No Beer song was purportedly written about the pub at Taylors Arm near Kempsey NSW. These doors open onto the little museum to honour the Pub With No Beer.

The Pub With No Beer song was purportedly written about the pub at Taylors Arm near Kempsey NSW. These doors open onto the little museum to honour the Pub With No Beer.

The words to the famous song are…

Songwriters: Parsons, Gordon Noel

 

Oh it’s-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night we’ll hear the wild dingoes call
But there’s-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear
Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer
Now the publican’s anxious for the quota to come
And there’s a far away look on the face of the bum
The maid’s gone all cranky and the cook’s acting queer
Oh what a terrible place is a pub with no beer
Then the stockman rides up with his dry dusty throat
He breasts up to the bar and pulls a wad from his coat
But the smile on his face quickly turns to a sneer
As the barman says sadly the pub’s got no beer
Then the swaggie comes in smothered in dust and flies
He throws down his roll and rubs the sweat from his eyes
But when he is told, he says what’s this I hear
I’ve trudged fifty flamin’ miles to a pub with no beer
Now there’s a dog on the v’randa, for his master he waits
But the boss is inside drinking wine with his mates
He hurries for cover and he cringes in fear
It’s no place for a dog ’round a pub with no beer
And old Billy the blacksmith, the first time in his life
Why he’s gone home cold sober to his darling wife
He walks in the kitchen, she says you’re early Bill dear
But then he breaks down and tells her the pub’s got no beer
Oh it’s hard to believe that there’s customers still
But the money’s still tinkling in the old ancient till
The wine buffs are happy and I know they’re sincere
When they say they don’t care if the pub’s got no beer
So it’s-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night we’ll hear the wild dingoes call
But there’s-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear-
as to stand in the bar of a Pub With No Beer.

The final selection is another toilet door located at Coolamon in south west NSW. Strictly speaking this is not a dunny door. Dunny usually refers to pit or dunny can style toilets without flushing facilities. This dunny is still in use, has flushing facilities and is called a dunny by the locals. Therefore this is a dunny door.

An outdoor toilet, still in use at Coolamon, NSW.

An outdoor toilet, still in use at Coolamon, NSW.

Oh, by the way, in Oz slang we often hear a description of a large solidily built man OR woman referred to as being “built like brick dunny”. As you can see, it is a solid building.

Cheers until Sunday.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to “305. More Doors…”

  1. Jeremy Dawes Says:

    Thank you for giving such a detailed insight into Armidale. Very enjoyable read. Always like seeing travel stories about this great part of NSW.

    Like

I am looking forward to your comment. Any questions.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: