Hill End

Hill End owes its existence to the New South Wales gold rush of the 1850s, and at its peak in the early 1870s it had a population estimated at 8,000 served by two newspapers, five banks, eight churches, and twenty-eight pubs. Its decline when the gold gave out was dramatic: by 1945 the population was only 700 and today is somewhere around 500.

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.





4 thoughts on “Hill End

  1. I hope you do get a chance to visit again and capture the sunrise, though I can’t imagine it being much more magical than what you have here. Fantastic images!


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