Continuing the A-Z of Australian country towns with attendant haiku, today is the letter R.
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Like so many towns in the state of Victoria, Rutherglen was settled as miners searched for gold. Today, Rutherglen and its region are better known for their world-class wines particularly their muscats and topaques. I can tell you that the malbec wines produced here are also outstanding.
Rosewood developed as a result of the timber and coal mining industries and the rail lines that serviced them. It was the latter of these that drew my family there for a number of years when I was a child. The town is now included as a suburb of the city of Ipswich.
The township of Ross began as a stopover point between Launceston and Hobart. The historic sites that are prominent in the tourist’s itinerary for the area include: the Ross Female Factory that operated between 1848 and 1854; and the beautiful, convict-built, sandstone bridge that remains as the third oldest bridge still in operation in Australia. We stopped in last month and availed ourselves of the offerings at the bakery and at the Wool Centre.
a liquid ambrosia –
true golden beauty.
Mining days are gone,
timber, too, has disappeared,
but Rosewood lives on.
convict built structures kept safe.
Old tales and trials.