Sunday, January 18, 2009

History In The Bank

Kyneton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA Nov. 2008. Ajr
When I was visiting Melbourne back in November, I spent quite a bit of time in the small Victorian town of Kyneton, just over an hour north of Melbourne itself. It’s Victorian by location and also by history, as it was at its peak during the Victorian period. Historic Piper Street particularly, is filled with wonderful old Victorian buildings, many of which have been restored and colonised by classy restaurants and boutique stores. One of my favourites is the chunky bluestone building of the Kyneton Museum, which began life as the Bank of New South Wales in the 1856. It was purchased by the Shire Council in 1969 to serve as a folk museum with exhibits drawn from the gracious homes and old farms of the Kyneton district.

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