Archive for June, 2011


Built around 1875, St Patrick’s Catholic Church is quite a sight in the little country town of Boorowa.

This was the first Roman Catholic Church to be built west of the Great Dividing Range. Of particular interest are the church’s excellent stained glass windows and its fine altar which was made from imported Italian marble. (SMH).

With a population of just over 2000 now,  I can only imagine what the town was like when this grand church was built. The whole town could fit in to it now.

Saint Patrick's

A little history of Boorowa– The name Boorowa is said to be an Aboriginal word for a native bird, possibly a bush turkey. The first wave of settlers in the area were “squatters” and Irish ex-convicts. The Irish population grew during the 1840s and 1850s, during the Potato Famine, when many Irish fled their own country. Wool and wheat were the foundation stones of the town’s economy and remain so today. (Visit Young)

Boorowa is also home to the The Irish Woolfest. In October each year, this festival celebrates the town’s heritage. The big drawcard is the Running of the Sheep (Boorowa’s answer to Spain’s Running of the Bulls). There’s also a street parade, Irish singers and dancers, pipe bands and hot air ballooning. (Visit NSW). The town’s population explodes over this weekend.

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A Sale and a Video

I had some fantastic news the other day. I had sold a shirt on my RedBubble site. I have had much success with my t-shirts, having sold quite a few on Redbubble, so have been trying to find a way of advertising this product more widely. Through my day job, I was shown a program called Animoto, which is program that turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. It got me thinking- how could I use this to enhance my photography and design work. I played around with it for a while, it’s pretty impressive for a program that you can use for free, and decided to put together a video of my t-shirt designs and then upload to my youtube account. This was my first upload to youtube. You can watch the video below.

Let me know what you think. The quality isn’t the best, but I thought I’d see how successful the video was before purchasing the HD version. I hope you enjoy seeing just a small portion of my t-shirt designs. Many more can be found at my RedBubble site.

Have a great day
Johnah

ExplosionMy most popular, and personal favourite image “Explosion” has been selected as a finalist in an international photography competition. Ephotoawards.com is focused towards helping amateur or professional photographers from all kinds of backgrounds, get their talent exposed within the photographic industry.

So that’s me. My talent has been exposed. I didn’t take out a place in the competition, but to be a finalist is an amazing feeling, especially when this is one of the first competitions I have entered online. Here’s the link to the gallery. My image is in the bottom row.

I went for a leisurely drive out to Byng over the Long Weekend. I had been there many years ago and taken photos, but I must have lost the film, because I don’t ever remember seeing the processed prints.

The drive to Byng was interesting in itself. About a third of the trip was dirt, and a couple of kilometres of this were through a large property/farm. I don’t often drive on roads where cattle are free to wander onto the road- I was driving through their paddock!

Byng ChurchI love old churches and cemeteries. The character and architecture of them is stunning and they hold much of the history of long forgotten villages and towns. I am amazed at how many still stand, even though they are over a hundred years old and rarely used any more. The current Byng Uniting church was built in 1872, to replace the Wesleyan Chapel that was a few hundred metres away. I’m not sure what happened to the Chapel, either it became too small for a bustling village or fell down.

Byng Church

The church stone is an acid volcanic rock known as tuff, produced by the consolidation of volcanic ash and other volcanic fragments found around volcanic openings. It is porous and is not subject to salt attack like sandstone. Tuff is a reasonably common local stone and, from a distance, resembles yellowblock sandstone in appearance (More Byng History).

The church has some interesting features, including some intricate sculptural aspects above the windows. It also includes an outdoor toilet, aka a ‘long drop’, out the back.

The CrossAcross the road from the church is the cemetery. The cemetery contains the graves of many early settlers and their descendants. One of the people burried there is William Tom, the first discoverer of gold in Australia.

Some further information on Byng

Byng, near Orange NSW, was originally named ‘Cornish Village’ after the original Cornish settlers who brought the first fruit trees from Cornwall and gave birth to the Orange district’s fruit industry on the ‘Pendarvis’ property. Apples were produced in Byng for over 100 years but now there are mainly cattle, sheep and a little cropping. At its peak, Byng village had around 600 residents.

The Church and the cemetery are all that remain of the original village.

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