last burst of sunlight
warmth of the day says goodbye
A beautiful rural sunset at Yambuk near Port Fairy in Victoria’s Western District. This area is amongst the oldest European farming land in Victoria near Portland where the Hentys and Dutton from Tasmania began permanent farming in the early 1830’s. Before the farming after 1830, sealing and whaling was a dominant practice from bases of European settlement in Sydney and Van Diemans Land, (Tasmania) along this rugged coast from the late 1790’s. Ironically just down the road from Yambuk is Lake Condah where the Indigenous Gunditjmara people had practiced the aquaculture farming of eels in permanent stone traps for thousands of years. They also lived in a permanent community of stone building. European behaviour, settlement and farming quickly displaced the Gunditjmara people. However their descendants have maintained the culture and the foundations of the aquaculture farming remain for potential development.