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Parrafin Sheds

Parrafin sheds, Newnes shale-oil refinery ruins, Wollemi National Park

They produced kerosene and paraffin (used for making candles) from the shale. This is one of the largest relics at Newnes.

Words to walk with:
By Edna St Vincent Millay
"My candle burns at both ends;
it will not last the night;
but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --
it gives a lovely light! "


  1. i love that 'lovely light.'

    we saw the ruins of castles in
    germany that looked just like
    your factory!

  2. This is reminiscent of some of the ruins down Port Arthur way. Do you think it attracts many visitors? I had never heard of it prior to your coverage.

  3. Julie, no I don't think it does attract many visitors ... Newnes is a bit out of the way. Though not quite so out of the way since the Emirates resort was built out near there. That has improved the road enormously.

    The ruins are nowhere near as spectacular as Port Arthur and being industrial ruins rather than convict ruins not as enticing ... no cells, churches, ghost tours or cafes.

  4. I enjoy your blog very much. You talk about the history of places that are familiar to you. Perhaps I relate to this so well because Australia, like the United States in general and Oklahoma in particular, is relatively young. The bulk of our history is contained in the last 150 to 200 years and is recent enough to have a kind of relevance. Does that make any sense? In any case, I appreciate your blog.

  5. Bill, thanks and yes I do understand. When I have visited I have been overwhelmed by the history in Europe and Asia. In Australia European history is short enough to be tangible. The United States is similar but funnily enough to we Australians even US history seems long. You have more than 100 years start on us.

  6. I am really enjoying this series, Joan Elizabeth!

  7. Great Textures and lighting!


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