Today I delivered about 25 glass works to a really interesting Art Exhibition that is taking place in a lovely village called Selby near Melbourne, as part of this year’s “Selby Festival”.
I have never been to this place before and it is so pretty that I stopped and took lots and lots of pictures!
Selby’s census population rose from 159 in 1933 to 1,396 in 2006.
The settlement of Selby occurred in conjunction with Menzies Creek, a short distance eastwards.
The name of Selby was chosen as a compliment to a local landowner and councillor, George Selby.
The Post Office opened on August 1, 1913 (closing in 1994).
The land around Selby is particularly hilly, as evidenced by the curves in both the road and the railway.
The eastern side of the township is dominated by the steep Black Hill, on which there is a reserve.
Whilst the topography put restraints on farming it attracted tourists and weekenders.
In the 1920s Selby’s weekend population rivalled Belgrave’s, but a scarcity of sub-divided land drew made potential holiday home owners and others away from Selby.
Some notable Melburnians built homes in Selby, and the Carlotta Tye memorial at the Anglican church commemorates the wife of George Tye, owner of a then well-known Melbourne furniture emporium.
Today when I was there, a local tradesman was repairing this lovely gate and was hoping I could get a good picture of it for my blog!
Local parishioners are the backbone of tiny communities like this and everyone was so friendly. I am already looking forward to many many more visits to Selby!
Selby’s proximity to Belgrave ultimately attracted residential subdivisions, and a primary school was built in 1951.
The township has several reserves and shops, including a General Store which continues to serve local needs.
Following a landslide beyond Selby in 1953, the narrow-gauge railway fell into disuse as a regular railway and was closed the following year, only to be re-opened in 1962 as the current extremely popular tourist-oriented Puffing Billy Railway which winds its way attractively through deep gullies, forests, farmland and gentle hills. If you haven’t enjoyed a day on Puffing Billy, you really should.
Wildlife abounds in and around Selby. King Parrots, Galahs, Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos, Black Wallabies, Echidnas, Koalas and Wombats are often sighted. Visits from Barking Owls have been recorded as recently as 2005.
Here are some pictures of the glass pieces I have on show in this lovely little town this weekend!
The festival’s official opening is on tomorrow:
Friday, March 16, at 7pm, at the All Saints Selby 2012 Art Show
held at All Saints Church on Lacy St. The show runs from March 16-18.
I warmly recommend you get along – enjoy your outing!
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