453. Doors…

It has been quite some time since I shared doors with you.

The last year, one way or another has been busy. Now that I have a forced relaxation and some time on my hands, (actually that should be singular hand as one is still out of action) trying to type and upload photos is strangely therapeutic and for a time at least, takes my mind off the discomfort…

For the life of me I cannot recall exactly the location of this door except it was in the village of Chemainus on Vancouver Island.

For the life of me I cannot recall exactly the location of this door except it was in the village of Chemainus on Vancouver Island.

Chemainus is a small village on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It was an unincorporated logging village established in 1858. Later a wood chip mill was established but these days the village is better known for 39 murals throughout the shopping precinct along with local arts and crafts and funky eateries. Interesting buildings and doors add to its charm.

Catholic Church Armidale

Catholic Church Armidale

Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Church at Armidale is well endowed with many interesting doors…external as well as internal

032 clock the rocks

Hmmm! I am unable to positively identify this doorway set in magnificent sandstone in a building in the area of Loftus and Bridge Streets Sydney. Any history or architecture readers are welcome to provide positive identification.

The old Citizens Mutual Life Insurance building at Inverell. NSW.

The old Citizens Mutual Life Insurance building at Inverell. NSW.

The CML Assurance company no longer exists but the building is now used by several businesses. I recall as a teenager, fresh from High School and just started work. Assurance salesmen were allowed to speak with you in the workplace. I agreed to accept a CML Life endowment policy which I maintained for 10 years finally cashing it in when we built our second house and needed funds.

Uralla. NSW.

Uralla. NSW.

The old town of Uralla has many old buildings and of course doors. The town of Uralla is in the New England district of NSW and is an historic town established in 1850 when gold was discovered at Rocky River. Along with the gold came bushrangers. The most famous of these was Captain Thunderbolt who wandered the New England District apparently robbing the rich and giving to the poor. Or at least giving to the poor who supported or gave him shelter. His grave is located in the Uralla Cemetery.

Dorrigo. NSW

Dorrigo. NSW

Dorrigo is another small historic town in the Bellingen District, sitting atop the Great Dividing Range looking towards the coastal strip. The original reason for the town was its location to cart Red Cedar via the escarpment to the coast as well as to Armidale, the next major town in the New England District. These days many of the old buildings are gone, along with the old style doors and architecture.

Theatre Church Glen Innes. NSW.

Theatre Church Glen Innes. NSW.

The Chapel Theatre was originally a Methodist Church built in 1885 in the New England District town of Glen Innes. The Glen Innes Arts Council purchased the church in 1983 and set about converting it to a modern cinema. So modern in fact that they screen 3D Digital Dolby Stereo movies.

Glenmore Hotel. The Rocks, Sydney. NSW.

Glenmore Hotel. The Rocks, Sydney. NSW.

The Glenmore Hotel was built in 1921 by the brewing company, Tooth & Co (it no longer exists) The hotel is a pre Harbour Bridge icon in Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney and is still popular today, retaining some of the original architecture and walls. The rooftop garden which has grand views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour is also open on weekends for lunch, dinner and music.

Once a door. Guyra NSW.

Once a door. Guyra NSW.

This is a “Once Upon A Time” doorway. There was once a door here. It gave access to a rooftop garden, The town of Guyra, New England District, NSW, was like many towns established in the mid to late 1800’s. It was wealthy town, somehow the wealth being accumulated via potato farming and dairying. The town is still well known for spuds and lamb.

Art & Crafts Hall Central Tilba. NSW.

Art & Crafts Hall Central Tilba. NSW.

Tilba on the south coast of NSW is a confusing town. It is also known as Central Tilba while the sister village a few Klms to the south is known as Tilba Tilba. Both villages it seems are classified by the National Trust. All the original buildings are maintained in a condition akin of the previous century.  The main industry is dairy.

More doors to come in the months ahead.

 

 

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