This week we explored an old industrial site dating from the 1860s. Tannery Lane, south of the township of Ballarat East, was a a tannery site for a long time.
While the stinking tanneries producing leather for the boots, horse gear, mining equipment and furniture of Ballarat have long gone, Tannery Lane is still a work site.
I'm fond of the foot bridge, which is a nice example of industrial recycling.
The Yarrowee has been given a chance to breathe again now, replanting, no more noxious effluent and a walking track keep it alive.
Up by the Woollen Mills (more of them later) you can see how the old creek has been straightlaced into cement and bluestone corsets in the late nineteenth century, to keep it from its natural flood plain.