Back in Time!

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© Christopher J Chalk
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Old Tailem Town

First established in 1982, Old Tailem Town is now Australia's largest pioneer village, visited by tourists all over the world! There are over a hundred and ten buildings for you to visit, all furnished within their periods in their most natural locations.

Many of the buildings were transported in one piece from their original locations, while others were taken apart plank by plank and rebuilt in Old Tailem Town. Most of the buildings are over one hundred years old and are the same in appearance as they were when they were first built. They are all furnished with original artefacts as if they were being lived in a century ago. Shops are stocked with original items, packets and hardware. The emporium is over one hundred and twenty feet long and has four different departments with flying fox, money exchanges and the picture theatre is one hundred years old and houses sixty-five year old working projectors and is fully functional as a theatre with seventy seats. We have a collection of antique speed-boats, dating from 1905, including the worlds first hydroplane, made by Thorney Croft and his first four cylinder engine, known as 'experimental one'.

The town has Thiry shops, catering for everything imaginable. The village is now at the stage where it's hard to think of what else to create in a town of its era.

The oldest building is a ticket office from the first exhibition grounds in Adelaide and it dates from 1870, along with the school that dates from 1881. Most buildings were built before the turn of the twentieth century.

This is a stunning exhibition of one man's dream to bring the late 1800s and early 1900s of Australia's heritage to be enjoyed by all ages!

South Australia

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera

13 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    I think I remember you posting some other shots from this place. This is a great one Chris.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    love that you have it in b&w!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    Well done, Chris!! Great use of B&W. Makes me think of, "butcher, baker, candlestick maker."

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    I remember the butcher shop and the barber shops of my youth. Fabulous capture, Chris....great B&W!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    very cool find! love it.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (4 Apr 2011):

    Super pic, super write-up. Glad to see more people writing!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    I especially like this in B&W!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Apr 2011):

    beautiful !!! fantastic capture!!!!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Oh, this should win an award---well seen and captured---funny too

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    Cut hair and grab dinner at the same time, why did we allow this concept to slip away?! Excellent capture!

  • Grizz Thumper

    Grizz Thumper (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2011):

    very nice,, excellent shot

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (6 May 2011):

    Wonderful all the info you've provided, thanks for sharing it!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 May 2011):

    Old school cool.

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