Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It went up like a Hindu widow

Last year after visiting Buchan Caves while on our road trip we stopped at the sweet little Buchan village for a bite to eat and coffee. I took a photo of the timber hotel dating back to around 1890. Alas last night it burnt down.


As this photo by Susie Edwards published in The Age shows, very little is left. Tres tragique.

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  1. I do hope it wasn't arson - which would make it a criminal tragedy.

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    1. EC, we hope not, but that has happened elsewhere.

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  2. Tres tragique indeed. Where are the Buchaneers getting their fill now, I wonder. Maybe the publican should get a caravan to serve his customers before his license expires.

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    1. Buchaneers Bill! Very clever. I don't think there is a pub for a good distance away. I think it is quite possible a temporary something will be set up.

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  3. That is really sad ! Looked like such a nice place !

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    1. Gattina, pubs in such villages tend to be community meeting places. I wish we had gone inside when we were there.

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  4. Hello Andrew:

    It is always very sad to see something, as in the case of this hotel, reduced to charred ashes. We imagine that once the fire took hold, there was little way of controlling it as the timber construction would have been very flammable.

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    1. Quite so JayLa. Well seasoned old timber burns quickly and fiercely.

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  5. That must be a real tragedy for the local community.

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    1. Yes Fun60, it was a community asset in a very small town.

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  6. Oh No! That is such a shame. I hope they have insurance and can rebuild to get back in business quickly. It was such a pretty place too.

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    1. Pretty little town River. I expect it will be recreated, which is not quite the same thing.

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  7. Not the best metaphor title you could have used

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    1. John, apart from everyone's distaste for such a practice, it does still happen. Oh, this is a criticism from someone who I respect. I can only defend by sayingt is black humour often used by Indian friends.

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  8. What a shame it was so nice hotel.

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  9. You have to be at the right place and the right time, PLUS you have to actually take the photo! History may accord this blog the honour of being the last photograph on earth of the intact Buchan Hotel.

    I am looking at a lot of WW1 footage on tv this year (1914-2014) and think the same thing. Just as well that photographer took those photos/films. 20 minutes later, all those young lads were dead.

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    1. It could be the last Hels.

      How sad. All wars were and are awful, but that truly was a shocker for pointless wasting of lives.

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