Last time I visited Yarck I highlighted one of the town’s yet to be loved gems.
So here are some of the beloved ones along the main street – all neat as little pins.
We might cross over the road on another post as each is worth an explore.
Still on the south side of the road sit two pretty restored churches, now little B&Bs of course. It seemed odd that these two building would sit side by side with half of the town filling one and the other half filling the other every Sunday .
But the history on the Churches of Yarck web explains this pairing – the Presbyterian Church was built circa 1878 and the Rectory beside it was originally a Methodist Church, which was transported to Yarck on rollers from a small neighbouring town during the second world war.
I assume the presbyterian minister had the methodist expectations of the modest building removed before he took up residence.
Prominent nearby is one of the rather ubiquitous (it turns out) monuments to Hume and Hovell which was unveiled in a veritable frenzy of nostalgia in 1924 as Australians recorded the centenary of the great tramp through the bush by these intrepid chaps.
In rather softer style than the explorers, Sir James Barrett led a motoring tour of the Centenary Committee which travelled around 500 miles to unveil 33 monuments across the State in 6 days (and on the 7th they rested and had scones with cream and jam).
Hume and Hovell were not a happy couple and, like many a couple who have set off from NSW to find their way to Victoria, only arrived after lots of arguing about who should get off their *%^$# horse and ask the locals for directions.
This snippet is one we can all relate to when travelling for long periods with our dearly beloved while disputing the direction travelled – Hume and Hovell fought bitterly over the frying-pan, which fell apart in their hands leaving one to take the handle and one to take the pan.
Hume was Australian born while Hovell was a reportedly rather aloof Englishman. But given their European origins and likely shared arrogance, they didn’t really think about asking the locals at any point what they would recommend in terms of crossing the rivers or getting over the mountains. Rather they relied on a bunch of convicts in their expedition and only one of them seemed to have had any useful knowledge of bushcraft.
Luckily the honour of following in the tracks the great pair – forged in the name of the global distribution of European agricultural practices – can be re-experienced by the fashionably fit (and maybe slightly foolish) who can now partake in the Hume and Hovell Ultramarathon every October.
A bit more about Yarck:
Yarck was the name of a cattle station, thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word yaruk, meaning long river. The area was called Home Creek until 1903, and the first Home Creek school was opened in 1870. It closed in 1873 and another one was opened the following year. In 1909 Yarck also had a post office, a store, a branch bank, a public hall, a hotel, three churches, a mechanics’ institute, sawmills and athletic and racing clubs. It had a station on the railway line (1890-1978) from Tallarook to Mansfield.