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Those unfinished walls are in a paddock overlooking a little carse of some four or five acres by the creek side, owned by an Italian farmer, and close to the junction of the Woolshed Creek with the main stream in the valley.
On the other side of the larger stream rise basaltic mounds, marked with the pits and banks of the earlier miners.
Some of these are still in the service, and retain the respect they won in the more troublous times by their judicious and humane administration of an obnoxious law, for the existence of which they were in no way responsible.Like the trenches of an old battle-field, these works of the digging armies of the past are now grass-grown and spotted with wild flowers.All around, the open lands of fifteen years ago are turned into streets and fields and gardens.Down the valley of the Leigh, where the Sebastopol streets and fences run over the eastern escarpment of the table land, may still be seen the sandstone foundations of a station begun by the Messrs.Yuille, whom the coming of the first hosts of gold-hunters scared away from a place no longer fit, in their opinion, for pastoral occupation.
Gold was found plentifully, and warehouse, hotel, and saloon crowded close with dwelling and church along the thoroughfare.