Why did they leave Wittenoom

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It must be near to 50c, the heat is unbearable, the sun is beating down and the air is thick but that is outside and its worse here in the mine and the mill, barely able to breathe and needing flood lights on during the day to see through the dust. That’s how hard the […]

Why should abandoned buildings be secured?

So far we have been intrigued by the stories and the photographs of the abandoned places around Perth, there is a serious side to these stories that we have to consider also… Have you thought about the implications that abandoned buildings pose? Stop for a second and think about the following few points:

Trespassing – although the buildings are abandoned and its evident no one has resided on the property for years or maybe decades the issue is its private property. It is great to see the photos that people have taken that have captured the buildings in their current state but we have to remember you are breaking the law by entering the property

Accidents – Many of the older buildings are in a state of disrepair, although it may not seem obvious but you can’t be sure of what is and isn’t safe when you are exploring these premises. If you were to find yourself in danger or in a situation where you couldn’t escape you might meet a grisly end and we wouldn’t want that.

Have a look at this article http://www.koaa.com/news/fire-in-abandoned-building-from-transients-in-need-of-shelter-and-warmth-isn-t-an-uncommon-occurrence/

The story is about a vacant building in Colorado Springs in which the inside of the building caught on fire and was burnt down, the sad thing about this story is that the building was secured by the county the week prior but it appears transients (homeless people) have sought to take shelter inside to escape the cold temperatures  it appears they have lit a fire that then became out of control. No one was injured and the fire department isn’t pushing charges as the building was to be demolished.

The problem we see here in regards to the above article and what I mentioned earlier is the trespassing element, the building has been deemed unsafe for reasons not known, the transients caused an additional accident which then involved the fire fighters to risk their own lives to ensure no one was left in the building. We can see here how a harmless act of just trying to stay warm has spiralled out of control, who can be sure of their own safety let alone others for a possible exciting adventure in an abandoned building.

Do the right thing and seek permission first, it will not only ensure your safety but those of others as well.

Why did they leave Atlantis Marine Park Yanchep?

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For those that grew up in Perth in the 1980’s will no doubt remember Atlantis Marine Park located in Yanchep, the iconic King Neptune sitting upon his hill with his triton in one hand and the other out laid in a welcoming gesture.  The dolphin statue that greeted you at the main entrance as you made your way […]

Why Should I follow?

Designs, K. 2011. Abandoned Building in Panama City, Florida. Image. flikr.

If we look at the photo to the right we can see an abandoned Gas station or at least this is what it appears to be or is it?

This is your first step on discovering what lies hidden within the walls, which direction will the story unfold? Let’s look at the photo and start to strip back the layers:

  • Take away the weeds,
  • Imagine the fence has all its paling’s, would it have been left plain? Or perhaps it was painted white to match the building.
  • Lets paint the canopy back to the dark blue it was, the poles would have been a baby blue and stick bowsers in between, but are we sure that is what went there?
  • Now that the forecourt is done lets move to the building.
  • Let’s strip back the plywood from the windows and garage doors, imagine the doors up in the garage with the noise of the mechanic fixings the cars.
  • Take the plywood from the windows, if you were standing in front what would you have been looking at through the windows?
  • If it was a gas station maybe you would have seen shelves filled with lollies, canned goods, beverages etc.
  • Could it have been a repair shop?
  • Would there have been car parts lining the shelves all that shiny chrome throwing back your reflection?

You’re free to imagine any story when you look at the photo, its your journey, it’s all about imagining what it was like all those years ago, would you have wanted to live in that time? did you live in that time? So what’s the next step? I guess it’s a personal decision but I’m inquisitive and hopefully you are too so let’s do a Google search and see what we come up with…


– This is a news article informing us that the council is seeking permission to demolish the building.


– Another article highlighting permission to demolish the building.

So the fate of this building has been decided, but the fun was in imagining its story, trying to find out what happened, the thrill is in the chase so to speak. Bear in mind that my research is taking place online, if your intention is to photograph these buildings in your area please seek permission first as many are still on private land and you could get arrested for trespassing!  Online you find out so much more!

Why did I choose this?

Ok so you might be wondering why I have chosen to blog about places that have been abandoned? Well let me explain why! I’m fascinated by the past, I want to know what life was like for those people living in that time, Was it a hard life? What did they do? Why were they in this place? Why did they visit this place?

Imagine for a moment you are standing in a hallway of an abandoned hospital, the paint is peeling of the walls, the windows are covered in layers of dust, and the hallway just keeps on going and going, and then stop!

Close your eyes and listen……was it a children’s hospital? Perhaps you can hear children laughing and playing in the background, was it a psychiatric hospital? Can you hear the muffled voices of patients talking to themselves, or was it a rehabilitation hospital? Can you hear the encouraging words of the nurses and physiotherapists.  At one point in time everything was normal, people were working, the sun was shining, children may have been laughing, and a patient may have taken his first step. So what happened?

This is what I’m fascinated in, what was the event that took place for these once bustling places to cease operating. Why did places get abandoned? For me the one event and the one place that really sparked my interest was Chernobyl, the explosion of the reactor and the events that followed were by far the most intriguing that I have read and viewed. The townsfolk weren’t told to leave straight away; workers were recruited to help stem the flow of radioactive material, children who decades later still bear the after effects of radiation poisoning.

A city that stands alone trapped in time, in silence, no one to fill its streets, no children to laugh and play, no cars, no noise, nothing, just the sound of the breeze, the aging metal rusting, bending, breaking. The city will crumble, buildings that once stood tall will be reduced to dust,  and it will be about 600 years before man can once again populate the area but it could be up to 48,000 years before the radiation is reduced to nothing.

The place themselves fascinate me, I want to know why, how, who was there, what was it like, where did the people end up, will these places ever see life again or will they stay forever dark and alone?

Why did they leave the Castle Fun Park?

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For those who lived in Perth in the early 80’s would no doubt remember The Castle Fun Park located in Halls Head in Mandurah on the corner of Old oast road and Leisure way, it was built-in 1979 by George Kaspar (“Call for castle fun park to reopen,” 2011).  Who could forget the Bavarian Castle and miniature village, […]