Lake Ballard and the Anthony Gormley Ssculptures.
Out to Lake Ballard first off to view the Anthony Gormley sculptures. An absolutely perfect Winter’s day today, beautiful sunshine & only the slightest of breezes. All 51 sculptures were derived from laser scans of Menzies inhabitants & cast from alloy containing materials found in Archean rock of WA. Impressive but not as impressive as I had imagined, largely due to previous weeks rain that has made the salt look like red mud instead of the stark white of dried salt. Still interesting enough to walk around these sculptures for over an hour.
Back towards Menzies via Menzies cemetery – this one tells of the hardships of the early 1990’s with mine accidents, childbirth & sickness being the main cause of death. Between 1895 – 1905 at least 105 buried at Menzies are believed to have died from Typhoid, most under 40 years old. Menzies town walk filled in another couple of hours. Wonderful old stories to these old towns like the Town Hall clock – ordered in 1904 from London, 1905 the Steamer SS Orizaba, carrying the clock ran aground and sank, clock & all – it would be another 100 years (New Years Eve 1999) before the town finally got its clock face (actually 4 faces). Interesting town/buildings, one in particular is the Menzies Hotel (built 1901) which up to 1990 was the Railway Hotel but over the road according to the interpretive panel (&the present owner) is the Menzies Hotel now a cafe/residence – very confusing. The town of Menzies also once had 13 hotels (no wonder they got confused) , 3 banks, its own breweries and cordial factory, 4 churches & a post office with 26 staff. So concludes our time in Menzies.