Maldon was once a bustling 1850s gold-mining town teeming with prospectors and nearly 80 hotels in the area to accommodate them. Today, several of the old buildings remain and the town is full of antique stores. The National Trust declared Maldon Australia's first 'notable town' in 1966 because of its range of well-preserved 19th century buildings.
On the Sunday we'd take off into the bush and DMJ would run the metal detector over the old gold mullock heaps. Usually I'd sit in the car reading or set up a picnic table and chairs if the weather was nice. Sometimes I'd go off exploring myself, not far from the car, take a little pick and dig around.
Once I came across a 'dump' at Chewton and found a couple of clay pipes and some blue and white china shards. They were about four feet down in the dump and I just couldn't believe that they hadn't been found in a century and a half! At that site were the remains of small mudbrick huts, only about 4ft high, with a little opening. Apparently the miners crawled in to sleep and they cooked and ate outside. DMJ collected quite a bit of gold, which was quite exciting.
We loved the place so much, DMJ for the fishing and fossicking and myself the history, the peace and antiques, that we planned to retire there. We sold the 72 acres, bought two and a half down the road and built a little miner's cottage, which would one day be a B&B, with our residence next door.
"Tarrenbrae" - Our Weekender
We sold the house in 1993 after DMJ decided that the fishing had gone off the boil, sought greener pastures and found the piece of land we're now living on. This was another weekend getaway for five years until we sold our suburban house and moved up permanently ten years ago. Our little patch of heaven on earth! We're here to stay for a while longer.