Weekly Photo Challenge : Broken Dreams

With the development of the pastoral industry, a small township, Newcastle Waters,  sprang up at the junction of the two major overland stock routes, one going north to south and the other east to west. Newcastle Waters thrived as a supply point it has a rich, vibrant history as a gathering place for drovers on their gruelling overland cattle drives with a pub and store it was an important source of provisions and a place to rest before drovers continued on their way.

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But change was on the way in the 1940’s to 50’s when roads and railways started spreading through the outback.

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With no drovers the pub closed, the store no longer had customers and the wives and families moved on. It had been a tough life but by 1970’s Newcastle Waters became a ghost town.

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The broken dreams and heart ache of a shattered life style can be felt as we wandered around the dilapidated buildings in 2010. The tattered remains of a net curtain flapping forlornly in a slight breeze. The brave attempt at creating a splash of colour with a strip of gingham material on shelves. The rusting sewing machine and kettle on the old wood-burner stove indications of a family once building dreams here. How hot it must’ve been as the summer sun relentlessly heated up the corrugated walls and roof. Then the chill winds of winter forcing into every gap. Where did they go? Did they find a better more comfortable life?


 Cheri asks us for this challenge, capture something broken: an old window, a vintage sign, a toy never fixed, a contemplative friend. Or go deeper: find beauty in something broken.

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : Broken Dreams

  1. Great Photographs. Interesting post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. A beautifully nostalgic piece, and the nostalgia beautifully reflected in the photos, except that spectacular first one with all the birds.

  3. Oh, gives me goosebumps. What a harsh life, and I too wondered where they went.

  4. Oh, goodness, what a harsh life… Great images, Pauline

  5. Really interesting. A thoughtful piece.

  6. A place with lots of stories to tell…

    • We travelled along the Drovers way calling in at various towns and museums. It now tends to be romanticised, but it was a very tough life.

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  8. The reality of modern changes and those left behind. Well done. Your photos and description captured the pathos.

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