Then I remembered by original idea for the space and it clicked. I would do something about Miles Franklin.
Some of you may remember my post from earlier this year which touched upon the subject and I started to explore some of the pioneering cottages around Canberra that would have existed during her time.
I discovered that Goulburn has a Miles Franklin self guided walking tour. You can download the brochure and take an independent tour of the city observing many of the buildings that she wrote about in her novels. Thankfully many of these buildings still stand today although their original use may have changed. My particular favourite is the Old Police Station that has been converted into a fabulous second hand book store. I found a great book too - but that is a story for another time.
|Argyle Emporium for second hand books.|
It used to be the Police Station.
I also stumbled across an old gas street lamp with a great sign.
|Gas lamp post|
Auburn St 1879
last in existence
I discovered the most amazing old pise cottage and my imagination ran away with possible stories about the inhabitants of this place.
|details of the pise wall construction|
This cottage didnt seem to match the location of where I thought Miles Franklin's house would be so I continued my search.
Further along the road I saw some chimneys sticking out of the over growth. I couldnt resist the temptation to explore further.
Excitedly I explored the ruins admiring the old mud brick chimneys and slab hut construction.
When I got home I re-read her diary entries, and the diary was pise. So disapointing! This place wasnt Miles Franklins home after all. Its funny to think that such a well known Australian author can be so obscure at the same time.
The search continues.....