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Monday, May 30, 2011

Bright Pictorial Heritage research project published

Bright in 1870

First train to Bright 1891

Apex Lookout

View from Huggins Lookout 2010
I am pleased to announce the publication of my "Bright Pictorial Heritage" website, a free research project which traces the development, history and evolution, from 1850 until 2011, of the beautiful town of Bright, in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, 350 km NE of Melbourne.

Bright has a rich and colourful history, from its beginnings in the 1850s as a gold rush region, and is now a popular tourist destination, as a gateway to the Mt Buffalo National Park, and the Alpine National Park. It is also the terminus of the Rail Trail, which follows the route of the former Bright Railway.

I first visited Bright in January 1961, on a camping trip with my younger brother, on our way to the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme.

In the decades since, I have made many trips to Bright, in pursuit of my interests in hiking, long distance shortwave radio monitoring and photography.

The website has 26 pages, and contains hundreds of images, comprising heritage photos from the 1860s, and my own photos taken between 1961 and 2011,linked by my own articles and discussions.

THere is also a 2011 Video.

The site is at

If you have never been to Bright, you might like to take a drive there and experience for yourself the wonderful bushland scenery and Alpine environment, at any time of the year, and take a little time to explore the picturesque town, the Ovens River, the network of walking tracks and heritage features.

I'd be interested in your reactions and comments about this new Heritage Project!

Regards from Melbourne!

Bob Padula,

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