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Posted 5 years ago


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Some of these postcards can lead me astray and this one certainly did on this occasion. It is unusual I suppose because it shows a snow scene on an Australian postcard. The image some may have of Australia is of a hot continent somewhere down south. But there is also a vibrant winter tourist industry that dates back to 1861. This card falls into the winter tourist category of Australian postcards, I suppose.

The card was sent by M.Wright to Maude Lankester and reading the message you get the feel that (s)he was visiting the area for a few weeks holiday. Mention is made of J. C. Neil , who had a general store in the town of Narbethong and perhaps had a post agency too! The return postal address is via J. C. Neil. Narbethong is a small town about 120 kilometres or 75 miles from Melbourne. Perhaps (s)he was skiing or hiking in the area?

The card is written in a style that is a precursor to the modified English we see in texting today: stream-of-consciousness little punctuation but spelling still accurate.

The scene is of Tommy's Bend. This is a stretch of road 10 kilometres from Marysville on the Woods Point Rd up to Lake Mountain. Today it is a favourite climb of cyclists testing their physical skills. The climb from Marysville is 21.3km long and rises at an average gradient of 4.3%. The first 4.3km of the climb are the most challenging with an average gradient of 8.1%.

There's a story that suggests that Tommy was a horse that dropped dead there because of the steep climb!

The trees are part of old growth mountain ash forests that existed in the central highlands of Victoria north-east of Melbourne. Bush fires and logging have changed the area considerably since the time of the postcard. These forests were home to endangered species such as Leadbeater's possum.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Osboldstone and Atkins (?). Printed in Australia.
Year: c.1911
Size: 14.1cm x 9cm (5½" x 3½")
Description: Colour postcard, with image of Tommy’s Bend in Snow.
Materials: paper, ink.
Associated content: Miss M. Lankester, Emu Park, Ettamogah, Albury, NSWales.
Dear Maude just a card hope you are well, it is snowing up here just now and very cold & wet I will be home probably next month, love to your Father & yourself from M.Wright
c/- J. C. Neil Narbethong 23/6/11

Post Card Printed in Australia

Victorian one penny stamp franked June 23 1911 N(arbethong?) Victoria or M(arysville?) Victoria.

Associated place and context: 120 km north east of Melbourne – a very leisurely 2 hours from Victoria’s capital city is a popular destination for tourists interested in hiking, cycling and winter sports. For skiers and hikers there are more than 10 trails, 7 toboggan runs and a skiable area of 2,400 hectares for beginners and advanced skiers too.

Other attractions include Steavenson Falls which these days is a major tourist attraction with some 180,000 visitors a year. Steavenson Falls are one of the tallest in Victoria, with 5 cascades, a total descent of 122 metres, the last having a clear drop of more than 21 metres.q..


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Sean B and Moonstonelover too!
  2. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Very interesting to learn about this area, even waterfalls! Poor Tommy! The photograph is great! Makes me shiver!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Don and to mustangT, the Moirs, nldionne and to you too mark!
  4. Ted_Straub Ted_Straub, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the post...I was not aware of Australia's varied climate!!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Ted. I admire your collections so much. These cards of mine reflect a new awareness of Australians to their homeland after Federation in 1901. Memories of Mother England were fading and they became tourists in their new homeland. All of this was soon to be cut short by the Great War.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Phil!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks petey!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks walksoftly!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo and czechman, too! And to you too, MoonstoneL!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks JayHow for your kind comments!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    My pleasure, young mate!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thansk ho2cultcha!
  15. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    So many people have so many things wrong about Australia even though I grew up here my first time I have seen snow was in Katoomba in about 1983 as I believe it was the first time in 20yrs that it did snow so it gave myself & my young boys at the time a great deal of pleasure. Keep collecting I have all sorts of cards & ribbons dating back to 1976 & earlier. One day they will have to go as we do not live forever.
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Budek and to you too Zowie!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks antiquarius!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN68!
  19. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome KevinG:)
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE!
  23. Peterdrury Peterdrury, 2 years ago
    and marysville was almost destroyed by fire recently.
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks THOMAS & PETERDRURY too !!!!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE & AURA too !!!!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks WINDWALKER !!! !!!! !!!

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