I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a Theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so the theme I’ve chosen for 2016 is Bendigo, a large provincial city in central Victoria, Australia. I live just outside Bendigo and have been in this area for only 9 years, so feel I still have ‘visitors eyes’.
P is for Poppet Head, a familiar sight on the Bendigo landscape, and evidence of the goldrush of the 1850s. A poppet head is an A-Frame at the top of a mine shaft that supports pulleys to winch buckets up from the mine.
The poppet heads in Bendigo that are most obvious and in the CBD area are the Central Deborah Mine poppet head and the poppet head in Rosalind Park, known as Poppet Head Lookout.
The poppet head in Rosalind Park is originally from the Garden Gully mine and was moved to the park in 1931.
.The Rosalind Park Poppet Head is situated at the top of Camp Hill and is now a look-out for visitors to get a fantastic view over the city of Bendigo. There are 124 steps to the top, with a platform halfway up.
All around the base of the Poppet Head Lookout in Rosalind Park is the Bendigo Heritage Mosaic which was designed by artist Maery Gabriel. The artwork honours Bendigo’s history and was installed in 1987 by local volunteers. Below is just one exampe of these beautiful mosaics.