As the City of Melbourne goes back into a six week lock down and the Russian Government refuses to say how many of people in Siberia have died of Covid 19 related illnesses, It is salutary to remember our history.
In the village of Vaughan (above), the countryside was once crowded with gold miners and Chinese market gardeners. A school was opened there in 1856, and within ten years there was a court of petty sessions, two hotels, and a steam driven quartz crushing machine.
The population decreased in the 1890’s and the school was closed in 1892.
By 1933 the population was thirty-nine.
Today it is sixty-two.
To what can our life on earth be likened?
To a flock of geese
alighting on the snow
Sometimes leaving a trace of their passage