What's going on in Mullewa?

Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
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Trip End Jul 13, 2011


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Monday, May 2, 2011

This entry is only marked "Mullewa" so that I get a chance to upload some of my eery pictures of the place. We left Mount Magnet, which exercised so little magnetism over us we didn't even bother with a walk down the main street. Phil, our host at the caravan park, was a lovely bloke and we had lots of good chats with him, but the town itself did not exude friendly vibes that made you want to get out and mix with the locals. I guess it didn't help that we arrived on a Sunday and left again mid-morning on a Monday.

Anyway, a little down the track we stumbled on a place even less hospitable - Mullewa. Mount Magnet had just been dull, Mullewa was downright spooky. There wasn't a window in town that wasn't boarded up or covered with industrial-strength protective screens on every available opening - this applied to both residential and shopping properties. Most of the shops in the town centre were closed, even on a shopping day, and judging from their barren interiors, have obviously been empty for a reasonably long time. The strange thing was that the main street was actually quite beautiful, as someone had painted all the shop fronts in pleasing colours and/or with murals. There wasn't a scrap of litter, so someone is clearly keeping the place clean as well. It's just that everything was empty, so you had the feeling you were walking through a cardboard cut-out town, or an abandoned film set. 
 
On closer inspection, the supermarket and post office were actually open, but it was very hard to tell, as no welcoming light shone through the barriers that kept the place and its contents safe. The only sign that it was open for business was when a lone car pulled up, a lady got out and walked in through the front door. 

Strangely enough, there's an amazing Spanish-style church here, designed by the famous Monsignor Hawes, who we later found out had designed numerous famous churches around the world. Mullewa is actually where he got started on the architectural journey that took him all over Australia and eventually, the world. Nonetheless, there is something seriously weird going on here. There are more ghosts here than in any of those other so-called ghost towns we passed through. 

 
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