Returning Home – A Story of Ararat 2

Death of a country town

After the Gold Rush, Ararat became a farming district and very much a government town, housing a Mental Asylum, Prison and acting as a railway hub, with lines stretching out in five different directions. Ararat also developed quite a manufacturing industry, particularly with regard to textiles.

In the early 1990’s the closure of many of the Government institutions such as the Psychiatric Hospital and the Railways, together with a downturn in manufacturing lead to huge job losses.

The population of the town shrank by ten percent over a five-year period.

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2 thoughts on “Returning Home – A Story of Ararat 2

  1. G’day Overlander, I have been watching your vids on blip.tv for a while, nice work. I was going to do a Fred Brophy story also, nice one. I live in Monto not far from Cracow. Anyway I am going to ask your help on a pretty important issue. In Queensland we are fighting a pretty serious issue lccal government amalgamation. If you check out a blog I set up http://futureofmonto.blogspot.com it will give a bit of background. Anyway by the looks of this story you know what I am on about. Can I ask you to use your online influence in any way you se fit to let people know about our cause You might be interested in some of my vids outbackontv.com or on blip. By the way if you are ever passing through Monto drop me an email and we’ll catch up for a beer or something like that. Cheers Dean

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