Australia, well Victoria really, has a rich gold mining history. The area around Maldon was discovered in 1836 during the exploration trip made by Major Thomas Mitchell. Gold was discovered there in 1853, and continued to be mined for the rest of the century. At its peak Maldon had a population of 3341 in 1861, according the government consensus, then by the 1890’s is had declined to 1600 and now, the town remains around that number.
One of the things you realise when you go to Maldon is that there is a lot of history there and you can see there was money there once. It became a notable town by the National Trust of Victoria in 1966.
We got there very early, around 9am, and by the time we left just before 12 the town was getting very busy. I think if you want to take photos in a town like this, getting there early is an advantage, especially if you don’t want lots of people in your photos. It seems many of the shops don’t open until after 10, so you have time to just wonder around without much hassle.
One of the ways you can tell a gold mining town is by the number of hotels there are, well, that is what I think. Many towns that had gold have so many pubs, and Maldon is the same, I think there are 5 there, I should say were there. The buildings remain, but many of them are now finding life in other ways. The pub in the image above, is a great example of a classic Australian Pub.
There are wonderful details everywhere, and you have to keep your eyes open and look all around you because you will miss things if you don’t.
The gutters are like this all around town, and you have to be careful stepping off the footpath, I imagine more so when it rains.
There are so many old and historic buildings. It would be great to go back sometime and maybe stay a couple of days and really explore the town and take photos. I am sure there are places to stay there, though it is not something I have looked into.
One thing I did find funny was all the wooden tables and chairs, it made me think of the boat deck of the Titanic, sorry Maldon, but the verandahs did look like that to me.
So some technical information. I know some of you have said that you want the details about the images, what aperture, ISO etc, but to be honest, I use the best possible ISO that I can to get the images I want. With these, and nothing moving in the images, most of them were taken with an ISO between 100 and 400. I mainly used an aperture of around f/8, though there were some done with f/2.8 when I wanted to get the blurry background, you will see which ones.
The technical information I really want to give you, is that I did use the Nikon D800 and the lens I used was the 24-70mm 2.8 lens. I hand held for all images, though I do regret not having the tripod for doing the interior of the church. I think those images would have been far better if I had used it. I did bracket all my shots, and for most of them I used the 1 stop under exposure. It is funny, overcast days, but still very bright. It was hard getting good exposures, and I did often set the exposure on the camera to be one stop under.
If you like historic towns then Maldon is a gold mine for images. It is only a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Melbourne, and can easily be done in a day. I don’t think it would be a great place on a hot day in Victoria, but every other day would be perfect. Maldon has a website and if you want information then click here.
I am going to put my gold mine of images into a gallery now. The Agapanthas were out everywhere, beautiful. Please enjoy.