Wimmera the star of Press’ new book

September 5, 2021 BY

The quirky and traditional: Many photojournalists followed historic train lines to discover photogenic hidden gems of The Wimmera. Image: ANDREW CHAPMAN

AFTER the 2020 release of The Mallee, Ballarat publisher Ten Bag Press have produced another book exploring the sights, tales, and personalities of the state’s west.

The Wimmera – A journey through western Victoria features photographs of Apsley, Rupanyup, Watchem, Minyip, Jeparit and beyond, captured by creatives including Melanie Faith Dove, Erin Jonasson, Jaime Murcia, Noel Butcher, David Callow and Andrew Chapman.

The award-winning photojournalists followed a railway map dating to the 1950s, capturing vibrant locations and communities along the train lines, some deserted places, and unusual landmarks. Some lines are still in operation, while others have been left to deteriorate for decades.

Author Adam McNicol’s words accompany the images. He grew up in the small community of Manangatang, which was the namesake of his Press’ first book in 2011.

Adam McNicol started Ten Bag Press in 2010. Photo: FILE

“The Wimmera is a land full of contrasts, from dryland scrub in the north to stately trees and rolling green hills in the south, and our journey takes you to every corner of this most interesting region,” he said.

“There has never been a better time to celebrate what’s in our backyard, and the Wimmera is such an interesting place. On our travels, we learned about the region’s Indigenous history, including the celebrated cricket team that toured England in the 1860s.

“We met fifth, and sixth, generation farmers and came across so many people who are proud to call the Wimmera home. Plus, we were extra lucky to walk away from Warracknabeal with a prized scone recipe.”

Mr McNicol hopes readers are inspired to drive out and explore the region, although The Wimmera: can take them there from the “comfort of the couch.”

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