5 day Easter Anzac break and Pseudo (Kim) was camped at a beaut spot Ive always wanted to explore, Emmaville, NSW. Kim arrived Thursday and set up in the one and only caravan park with her decked out bus towing the 650 GS BMW, I got away Good Friday with the rest of southern Qld sharing the hi-way :huh but it was a bit of fun dodging and weaving the traffic and playing hide n seek with the revenue raisers. Its autumn here and the days are sunny and cold n windy at night, the change in colours fantastic Saturday brought a get-to-know town kinda day so we checked out the fuel roster at the local garage, a quick peep at the general store and a few supplies before they closed and a visit to the mining museum which was full of history and places to go see. the post office the mining museum Tin was discovered in 1872 at what was once known as Vegetable Creek. By 1880 the population was 2,100, 1200 of these were Chinese, who grew veggies along the river banks and streams. In 1882 the name changed to Emmaville. By 1890 the population was 3,398. There were 5 hotels and 7 stores, a tin smelting works at Tent Hill and a Chinese joss house at Emmaville. In 1920 the discovery of Arsenic and the treatment plant at Ottery mine commenced, another mine on the Gulf road and one of the big dams broke flooding part of the town of Emmaville. Cobb & Co had a regular service between the Gulf, Emmaville and Y Water, Thunderbolt had a few hide outs around the area and Emmaville is home to the black panther sightings. We visited the cemetery, with some graves dating back to 1885. And of course the longest grave ever, a sad story of an arsenic miner who brought home a cloth bag from the mine, in which his wife put the Sunday ham in and killed the lot, 2 adults and 4 kids. So out to the Ottery Mine (Arsenic) we went and thar she blows, that white shit stuck to the brickwork is the dreaded stuff and they have wire barriers to stop you from touching the stuff Quite an interesting process really, the tower up the top burns the material and the stuff runs downs the chambers as it cools and solidifies once it gets to the bottom. They were pretty clever in 1920 to use gravity as a tool of science. The photo's there, show massive timber buildings for further processing but they are all gone now.