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.
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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)
Stamps 24/7/365
Stamps 24/7/365
Clunes, Victoria, Australia

Old 2 cent and 5 cent stamp vending machines at the Clunes Post Office. These are no longer operational, but at least they ... (more)
Lost highway at night
Lost highway at night
High Camp, Victoria, Australia

A section of highway long ago bypassed. The crumbling leaf covered area to the left of the photo is actually the left half ... (more)
Runway 35 becomes Palmers Road
Runway 35 becomes Palmers Road
Williams Landing, Victoria, Australia

The alignment of runway 35 at the former RAAF Laverton Airfield coincides neatly with the alignment of a major road that ... (more)
Open doorway
Open doorway
Truganina, Victoria, Australia

Another view of the entry area of an abandoned cottage. The front door disappeared between visits.
Looking through an old door
Looking through an old door
Truganina, Victoria, Australia

Behind the front door of an abandoned cottage. This small entry area joined two distinct buildings, possibly from different ... (more)
Bluestone courses discovered under soil
Bluestone courses discovered under soil
Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia

Found by developers when digging up what was previously farmland, an official archeological dig uncovered evidence of an ... (more)
Missed it by that much
Missed it by that much
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia

A mapping error by council meant that an interim heritage overlay was declared invalid, allowing the developers of this property ... (more)
Old railway buffer stop
Old railway buffer stop
High Camp, Victoria, Australia

Hiding in overgrowth a hundred metres past the High Camp station site is this old wooden buffer, which was used to retard ... (more)

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