Fading Victoria


Consumer hunger for residential land and infrastructure is slowly destroying many historical sites located near the steadily expanding fringes of suburbia. Weather also takes its toll on beautiful rural buildings that have been abandoned by their owners. What causes them to just walk away?


Now: a photographer documents a handful of sites located in the state of Victoria, Australia -- before they fade away completely...


This site is still being developed and is subject to change.
In the meantime, please enjoy a small selection of photographs and descriptions available so far.
Click on the thumbnail to view the full sized image, and complete description.


New: local history blog / random history tidbits

Where does it end?
Where does it end?
Chewton, Victoria, Australia

Like many locations posted on this site, this old tunnel was a serendipitous discovery, found when I inadvertently drove ... (more)
A still reflection
A still reflection
Langley, Victoria, Australia

A view that has likely not changed for many years, and will hopefully stay for many more. The path to the bottom of Turpin's ... (more)
Power station control room
Power station control room
Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia

Although decommissioned in 1982, after 30+ years the contents of this power station control room remain mostly intact and ... (more)
Servant's indicator box
Servant's indicator box
Monegeetta, Victoria, Australia

Situated in the service area of the mansion 'Mintaro', this device was used to signal staff for attention. A press of a button ... (more)
Prohibited area
Prohibited area
Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia

A sign warning of the consequences of entering the former explosives factory in Maribyrnong. The sign would have been created ... (more)
Revisit: House on the water
Revisit: House on the water
Welshmans Reef, Victoria, Australia

A homestead abandoned when the Cairn Curran reservoir began construction in the mid 1940s. When the reservoir is full the ... (more)
Revisit: House on the water
Revisit: House on the water
Welshmans Reef, Victoria, Australia

View from the kitchen of a homestead, abandoned when land was acquired to build a reservoir in the mid 1940s. The homestead ... (more)
Church shell
Church shell
Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia

The shell of the former Wesleyan Methodist church, dating back to 1864. Although a fire in 2000 caused significant damage ... (more)
Dunlop Tyres - Give the Best Service
Dunlop Tyres - Give the Best Service
Carlton North, Victoria, Australia

Advertising for Dunlop Tyres, painted on a roofing beam of a building currently under demolition. Martin Shelley's motor ... (more)
Dr. King's hidden legacy
Dr. King's hidden legacy
Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia

Visible due to recent demolition of a building, this painted advertisement is nearly 125 years old. The render and mortar ... (more)
Dr. Morse's Chicory Kiln
Dr. Morse's Chicory Kiln
Maddingley, Victoria, Australia

This brick kiln, located near Bacchus Marsh, was built around 1885 for Messrs. Pearce Brothers, and was used for processing ... (more)
Wall advertisement hidden for 100+ years
Wall advertisement hidden for 100+ years
Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia

Part of the advertising painted on the side wall of a shop was revealed by the demolition of a house in early 2013. It appears ... (more)
Broken windows and cracked walls
Broken windows and cracked walls
Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia

Fire and vandalism in this abandoned house reveal old wooden walls beneath the cracked hemp plaster panels. The house is ... (more)
House on the hill
House on the hill
Wollert, Victoria, Australia

An old and abandoned weatherboard house. The rear foundations seem to have sunk, making the whole building lean slightly ... (more)
Waterfront views
Waterfront views
Welshmans Reef, Victoria, Australia

View from inside the house on the water. I'm not sure if this was originally the front or rear entrance. Note the minor flooding ... (more)
House on the water
House on the water
Welshmans Reef, Victoria, Australia

An old homestead, presumably abandoned around the mid 1900s, when land was compulsorily acquired for construction of the ... (more)

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