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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Spring views
Spring views
Forbes, Victoria, Australia

The beautiful view from near the site of High Park railway station, which was part of the short-lived, ill-fated Kilmore ... (more)
Sunset over old bridge
Sunset over old bridge
Kimbolton, Victoria, Australia

Looking over a bridge that now sits underneath Lake Eppalock. Originally covered by water as the man-made lake was created ... (more)
Newspaper from 1907 on wall
Newspaper from 1907 on wall
Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia

The front page of "The Age" newspaper, from a Wednesday in September 1907, used as a liner beneath wallpaper. If you look ... (more)
No match for fire and tree
No match for fire and tree
Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia

The main hallway of this old home seems to be the only part of building still standing, and it's not looking too solid. Arson ... (more)
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)

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