|This is a historical look at the property
at Captains Flat where we lived for about 30 years (1989 - 2017)
|We lived on the family property, Mikulov, outside the village of Captains Flat, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) south east of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The 100 acres is mostly forested, both with native eucalypts and planted Radiata pines (Pinus radiata). The bitumen road ends just past our house, and prospective visitors reached for a pen and paper when they phoned for directions to get to Mikulov.
In all our years
there, we could count on the fingers of one hand the folks who arrived at our door saying “We were just passing by, so thought we would stop in
and say Hello!”
The large yards for the dogs were enclosed by 1.8 metre high cyclone wire cemented into the ground and which opened onto a grassed exercise area, similarly fenced.
Scenes of snow like this in June 2015 were a prime reason in our move to a warmer climate.
An overview of the mine workings - which can be enlarged by clicking here
The entire Site is dominated by the remains of the Crusher, which has
been slowly deteriorating since March 1963 Click for an enlargement
This view of a portion of the disused Mine shows the lookout above the
village, as well as the grassed and re-generated tailings dump, seen as the green
terraced slope at the left. Click for an enlargement
A closer view of the rolling crushers which broke up the ore into manageable
pieces for processing
|A row of 4 settling tanks dominates the former Lake George Mine works, and adds a historical flavour to the view over our back fence.|
|Built above the railhead, ore dropped through the floor of this weigh station into train trucks, for transport to Wollongong / Port Kembla for export|
6 April 2006 ~ a BIG LETTER day here
The unearthing of the original facade for the Lake George Mines main entrance
This was done to highlight the history of the Mines and as part of the reclamation work, which seemed to go on all around us as we continued through the year.
Concrete and etched with the Mine name and the year it was opened - 1937 this entrance had remained buried since it was bulldozed shut back in 1963
Mulligan shared the occasion with me and we waited for our turn to get a picture.
Click here to go to Mara's record of the work at it progressed
St Luke's Church
In 2001, the Centenary of Federation Year, Mara's father, Alois Mikula OAM designed, constructed and fitted five stained glass picture windows for St Luke's Anglican Church in Captains Flat. These were to replace the originals which had been broken over the years and which needed restoration. Click here to see the windows and read more about them.
Mills Cross Radio Telescope
Of interest locally is the Mills Cross Radio Telescope, operated by the University of Sydney.
Here are links to some articles about this radio telescope.