In the late 1940s Hill End was discovered by artists Russell Drysdale—who painted possibly his best-known work, The cricketers here—and Donald Friend, and the village quickly became an artists’ colony.
Modern Hill End is classified as a Historical site by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), however it is still home to a handful of residents operating the local pub, general store, cake store and antique store. The National Parks and Wildlife Service runs a museum just off the main road which contains many original photos and items of equipment from the busy days of the gold rush.
These images capture just a few hours at Hill End this week trying to entertain Grandchildren (who remained staunchly uninterested in the architecture and history all around them) ….. I plan to revisit and stay a full day in Spring. Sunrise here would be magical.