315.Doors. Most often we take them for granted…

In our travels we have spied many interesting doors. Many have been worthy of a photograph. In fact for the first year we never even thought to photograph these portals into another world. What follows, in no particular chronological order, are a collection of doors we encountered during our travels.

I stopped in Coolamon southern NSW while on my way north in October 2010. I stayed three nights in the council campground because:

It was cheap. Only $10 per night.

I had power and it was raining and cold. Power was used to fire up the reverse cycle air conditioner which was used to keep me warm.

The town had interesting buildings and history.

Most importantly I had nowhere to be for a few weeks so this town was as good as any to stay awhile.

 

Dunny door, Coolamon NSW.

Dunny door, Coolamon NSW.

All the shops fronting the big wide main street had a service lane-way behind them. Once upon a time all the shops had outside stables and toilets beside the back lane-way.

Typical stables and dunny behind Coolamon shops.

Typical stables and dunny behind Coolamon shops.

We travelled to Taylors Arm, the small town with the local hotel reputedly the place where the song, “The Pub With No Beer” was written.

Museum Taylors Arm, NSW.

Museum Taylors Arm, NSW.

This doorway to a Doctors surgery in The Rocks area of Sydney NSW is typical of many of the doors on the old buildings in the area.

Doctors surgery The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.

Doctors surgery The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.

Many of the oldest buildings in the New England district of NSW, particularly Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes and Uralla are built from locally made clay bricks known as Armidale Blue. Typically the old buildings have sturdy doors as well.

Catholic church Guyra NSW.

Catholic church Guyra NSW.

We stayed in a caravan park called Kidmans Camp on the north bank of the Darling River in the western NSW town of Bourke. The area is well known as the beginning of “the back o Bourke” a colloquialism for “in the middle of nowhere”. This old outdoor dunny became a telephone booth then as telephone booths became obsolete it is now a curiosity.

Once and outback dunny, now a public phone booth on the Kidman property, now a caravan park at Bourke, western NSW.

Once and outback dunny, now a public phone booth on the Kidman property, now a caravan park at Bourke, western NSW.

This gateway opens onto a brick paved courtyard between two buildings in Uralla NSW leads to an empty car-park.

Not so much a door but a gateway which leads to an empty carpark in the once prosperous New England, NSW town of Uralla.

Not so much a door but a gateway which leads to an empty carpark in the once prosperous New England, NSW town of Uralla.

Armidale Courthouse is a wonderful old building full of charm and character. It is a pity the building will become empty in 2013 when the court is moved to a newer building. Council is taking submissions for future use proposals.

Solid timber doors, as you would expect, are a feature of the Armidale Courthouse. The courthouse will be closed and moved to new premises. The old building is open to submissions from interested businesses and groups.

Solid timber doors, as you would expect, are a feature of the Armidale Courthouse. The courthouse will be closed and moved to new premises. The old building is open to submissions from interested businesses and groups.

The old Commercial banking Company of Sydney building at Inverell in NSW has been used by a number of tenants since the bank was amalgamated with National Australia Bank sometime in the 1980’s. Currently it is part of the courthouse precinct and houses the Sheriffs Office.

The north central NSW town of Inverell has lots of old buildings ewrected when the town was young and gold, precious gems and other in demand minerals were mined in the district. This is the original Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, Inverell branch doorway.

The north central NSW town of Inverell has lots of old buildings erected when the town was young and gold, precious gems and other in demand minerals were mined in the district. This is the original Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, Inverell branch doorway.

Ahhh! Tumburumba NSW in the southern NSW Alpine area. Those doors suggest it is warm inside.

This sturdy pair of doors is located in the small NSW Alpine town of Tumburumba.

This sturdy pair of doors is located in the small NSW Alpine town of Tumburumba.

I stayed here in September 2012. It was a great base for exploring around the Alpine areas of Victoria. The barn was toasty warm if I kept the slow combustion stove burning all day and night. I enjoyed staying here and the wonderful views of snow capped mountains all around the valley at Mt.Beauty.

These wonderful Redwood doors grace the wonderful barn I lived in late August and September 2012. The property is located in the Victorian Alps at Mt.Beauty, just below the snowline in sight of Mt.Bogong and several other snow capped mountains. The barn was heated by a wonderful wood burning stove and provided I kept the fire going 24/7 I was comfortable inside.

These wonderful Redwood door’s grace the wonderful barn I lived in late August and September 2012. The property is located in the Victorian Alps at Mt.Beauty, just below the snowline in sight of Mt.Bogong and several other snow capped mountains. The barn was heated by a wonderful wood burning stove and provided I kept the fire going 24/7 I was comfortable inside.

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