Black and White Challenge:
Older than 50 Years.
Random fifty pluses this week.
The Promenade Walk way has been part of
Geelong’s Eastern Beach for as long as I can remember…
and fortunately, or unfortunately that falls into
the 50+ years these days.
Dad’s original wool shed/shearing shed was in a state of disrepair
in my earliest memories but was created from
blue-stone pitchers and mud mortar….similar to this building.
In fact I would suggest that Dad’s/my Grandfathers wool shed
would have been constructed in the 1800s as my Grandfather
came to own the farm as a World War 1 Soldier Settler.
I only visited this small town a few months ago.
I would venture to suggest that this house may have
seen closer to one hundred summers than fifty.
Again it resembles the ‘old part’ my parents and grandparents
house which was always said to be a hundred years old.
It never seemed to age….. 😀
The red brick facade of many of Geelong’s waterfront buildings
denotes that they were once wool stores.
In this Dennys Lascelles building, like many others,
wool growers would see their wool on display for
buyers to peruse prior to bidding at the auction room.
A grower with a four bale lot of wool would probably
see all four bales on display, whereas a grower with
100 bale lot would see about 20 or 30 bales on display.
In other words a sample.
In the early 1970s objective measurement came into being
and the need for room to display large quantities of bales
faded into the past.
Now we only see a 20 kilogram sample from each lot of wool.
The difference being is that each lot is now
scientifically measured for
fibre diameter, yield and tensile strength.
All of which was guess-work by skilled buyers in bygone days.
And that leads to my professions nickname….the guesser.
See my About page.
Finally, while this building still bears
the Denny’s Lascelles name it now houses
Deakin University’s Water Front Campus.
My Grandfather and his only grandchild,
two weeks before he passed away.
Taken in mid 1952.
I just wish I was looking a bit happier.