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Friday, May 6, 2011

Mt Donna Buang Pictorial Heritage 1890-2011

To all,
I am pleased to announce the publication of my comprehensive MT DONNA BUANG HERITAGE EDITORIAL RESEARCH PROJECT, spanning the years from 1890 to 2011.

I'm inviting you to check out this special project, which is now available on-line at

Its articles, stories, images, maps and engravings describe the development and evolution of this magnificent area within the Yarra Ranges National Park surroundings, 80 km east of Melbourne, just past the town of Warburton, spanning the years years 1890 until 2011.

Extensive use has been made of information sourced to old Victorian newspapers, using the National Library of Australia's on-line digitization system.

I have always maintained a strong and continuing interest in the Mt Donna Buang and nearby areas, from my first trip there in August 1951 as an excursion with the YMCA.

I have included some images of that first visit scanned from my original 2.5" x 3.5" black/white prints, taken on my faithful Box Brownie, still in good working order!

The region has also been a good location for HF radio monitoring in recent years, supporting my interest in long distance radio propagation.

The project is arranged in these Chapters:

History of Mt Donna Buang
Warburton History
Heritage Timeline
Gold, Logging, and Timber Tramways
Ben Cairn
Acheron Way
Snow Sports
My Family Snow Photos of 1925
Bushwalking Tracks
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail
Mt Donna Buang Rainforest Gallery and Skywalk
Mt Victoria Towers and HF Radio Reception
References and Bibliography

I would welcome your feedback and reactions on this Project - there is a Guest Book at the site.

I hope you enjoy your tour through time of the Mt Donna Buang Region - now one of Victoria's most famous tourist attractions within a short distance of Melbourne.


Bob Padula

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