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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Old Bakery Cottage in Berrima, NSW Australia

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
it looks wonky....I took a bad photo of my painting, it is not in reality.
Berrima is a historic village (1831 )in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire.
The name Berrima is believed to derive from an Aboriginal word meaning either ‘southward’ or ‘black swan’. The area around Berrima was once occupied by the Dharawal Aborigines. They had been driven off or killed by the 1870s.
There are many historic buildings in the town - the courthouse (built 1833 to 1838), The Gaol was built from 1835 to 1839 by convict labour. The Surveyor General Inn was built in 1834... Other notable buildings include the Holy Trinity Anglican Church 1849; and the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church built 1849-51.
The Berrima Village Trust was established in 1963 to preserve historic buildings.
Berrima Gaol was built over five years with much work done by convicts in irons. Conditions at the gaol were harsh, prisoners spent most of their days in cells and the only light was through a small grate set in the door. In 1866 the gaol was renovated to the standards described by the prison reform movement for a "model prison".
During World War I the army used Berrima Gaol as a German-prisoner internment camp.
The correctional centre was used most recently as an all-female low-to-medium security prison. In the 2011 the centre was closed.
Berrima is a delightful, attractive little town, with an upmarket coffee places, restaurants, boutiques and craft shops.

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