A-Z Challenge: T for Trentham
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
T is for Trentham, a small village nestled at the top of the Great Dividing Range, in Central Victoria. It is a very pretty township surrounded by temperate rainforests.
Trentham was first settled in the 1850s during the gold rush. After the gold was finished, the major industries were timber cutting in the Wombat Forest and the growing of potatoes. Due to it’s elevation, Trentham is very cold in winter with regular snow falls. Summer is much cooler than the surrounding areas, with average daytime temps of about 22 degrees.
When my great great grandfather lived in Kyneton during the 1860s, he would walk to Trentham to work, planting potatoes. From my research, I think the distance would have been about 15-20km.
In his letters, written to family back in England, he says that it is a long walk, that is tiring him, but as much as he tries, he can’t find work closer to home.
He describes planting potatoes in the snow and tells his family that the cold at Trentham is worse than anything he had felt in England. The tone of his letters, during this time was very sad. He wrote often about how much he missed his family and how poor he was. He was very distressed at not being able to attend the local church
Visitors to Trentham are usually looking for an active outdoor experience or a quiet, relaxing weekend getaway from the city. In summer Trentham is seen as a haven and relief from the extreme hot weather in the cities.
Trentham Falls is the longest single drop waterfall in Victoria. The reserve surrounding the falls is perfect for picnics and barbecues. The Trentham Cascades are nearby and must be seen, if in the area.
The surrounding Wombat Forest is very popular for bushwalking, mountain bike riding, horse riding, trail bike riding and 4 wheel driving.