Shearing Shed near Polly Mc Quinns wier Strathbogie, North East Victoria.
Digital sepia mix from scanned 5×4″ original black and white negative.
The picturesque Polly McQuinn’s Weir is well sign posted and located a few kilometers south-west of Strathbogie, Victoria, Australia. The weir features a spillway where water streams over a concrete wall and onto large exposed granite boulders. The water then continues snaking around more boulders before flowing under a road bridge then traversing a gently sloped granite plateau before reaching a deep pool surrounded by native vegetation. The ghost of a young woman called Polly McQuinn, who drowned at the crossing more than 100 years ago, is believed to call out for help to horrified witnesses passing by.
The Strathbogie Shire is located a short 1½ hour drive North East from Melbourne along the Hume Freeway. We are also known as “Victoria’s Thoroughbred Homeland” due to the presence of an ever expanding horse industry famous for raising, preparing and selling some of Australia’s best racehorses.
Many visitors each year appreciate the plentiful natural and developed tourist sites throughout our region, whilst also enjoying and our local events, such as the Euroa Show and Shine, Heads of the River Regatta in Nagambie, and markets including the Violet Town Market (popular for its fresh produce) which has developed a large Melbourne fan base.
From 1842 squatters took up large tracts of land in the rugged Strathbogie Ranges and ran thousands of sheep and hundreds of cattle.
The stations, Bailey Hill, Strathbogie, Springs A and Wombat Hill were situated in the hill country with portions of Saintfield and Borodomanin also in the ranges.