Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Masterpiece

My contribution for this week.

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In 1913 José Paronella arrived in Australia from his home town of Catalina in Spain.  He worked tirelessly for 11 years before returning to Spain where he met and married Margarita.  Their honeymoon was their trip back to Australia.

In 1929 José purchased thirteen acres of virgin scrub along Mena Creek where he commenced to build a pleasure gardens and reception centre for the enjoyment of the public.

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Grand Staricase_5550Paronella

The Grand Staircase was built first so that they could carry river sand from the creek to make concrete, followed by construction of the house and finally the Castle.  All concrete structures were reinforced with old railway track.

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Flood Levels_5549ParonellaA

The Park was opened, to the public, in 1935 and pictures were shown in the theatre every Saturday night.

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While it is now largely in ruin it is still a fascinating place to visit

and only about an hours drive from Cairns.

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Mena Creek_5561Paronella

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When commissioned, in 1933, the Hydro Electric generating plant was the first electricity system in Far North Queensland and supplied power to the entire Park.  Parts of the water canals were still operating during our visit.

(Source: http://www.paronellapark.com.au/history.html)

A masterpiece of its time

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