Such was to be the fate of one Francis Melville, born 1822 in Inverness, Scotland . . . no wonder he became a Bushranger.
By 1837 at the age of 15 he had committed the crime, and was sentenced to 7 years “Transportation”. I guess transportation in those days meant via an HMS ship and a oneway trip to Van Diemens Land.
After spending more than 10 years at Port Arthur, Tassie, by 1851 at the ripe old age of 29 he caught wind of the Gold find in Bendigo and made his way to Victoria.
It wasn’t long before he was in trouble with the law and he and his gang chose this spot as both a hideout and a lookout, the Melville Caves.
More can be discovered about Francis Melville both here:
These photos were from last Friday night, and I must say he could have suffered isolation in a worse place. The sunset here was amazing and so peaceful.
A new Gallery has been created for the Melville Caves and I am anxious to get back there to explore the area further. Afterall the “Hand of Faith”, the largest gold nugget ever discovered with a metal detector, was found Kooyoora State Park, and not far from this spot.
Song for this one. While editing all the photos again I’ve been listening to CHOM FM in Montreal and this one seems to be getting a lot of air play of late. Canadian Band Moist and their song Mechanical.
“I see the world, Falling to pieces, Crumbling beneath us . . .” Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh.
Never mind . . . just get out and take more photos 🙂