Friday, March 19, 2010

No hope for Hope

Visiting Ormiston House yesterday I found this cairn in the garden dedicated to captain Louis Hope, a Scotsman who built the first sugar mill in Australia specifically designed to crush sugar cane. Mills before were also used to crush other produce. Unfortunately, a few years later, Louis Hope was sued by a neighbour / tenant for not crushing his cane properly. The mill at the time was not working properly and Hope claimed it was not his fault that the cane didn't get crushed properly. The court didn't see it that way and Hope was ordered to pay the litigant £1,200, so upset was Hope by this decision, he packet up his family, shut up the house, destroyed the mill and sailed back to the United Kingdom, never to return again to Australia.  



9 comments:

  1. Interesting story there, Bill. Looks like elaborate postprocessing in the top shot, I am taking cover, thinking it might hit me in a moment...

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  2. This was very interesting! Thanks for the cool history lesson.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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  3. Sounds like he had a great big tanty!!

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  4. Well, that's one way to fix 'em!

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  5. Thank you for such an interesting Blog, I am enjoying your daily posts of Brisbane and surrounds (I live on the Gold Coast)...I have also been following and enjoying "Adventure before Dementia"......I notice you are originally from Thun - one of my most favourite places in the whole world...we have some lovely friends who live in Thun.....it would be funny if you knew them.

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  6. To Elizabeth, Can you send me an e-mail about your friends in Thun on wilbo1943 (at) gmail.com and I'll let you know if I know them.
    Thanks
    Bill

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  7. fun to learn a bit of history. i like how you shot this image, it appears in motion.

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