Bright Pictorial Heritage 1850 to 2011

About this Project
Brief History of Bright
Historical Timeline
Old Tobacco Sheds and Gold Museum
Boys' Camp
Bright Cemetery
Courthouse and Lockup
Beautiful Trees in Bright
Memorial Arboretum
Gold Mining
Canyon Gold Sluicing Site
Freeburgh and Germantown
Baker's Gully Reserve
Bright Railway 1890 to 1983
Early Horseraces
Early Miniature Car Races
Huggin's Lookout
Clear Spot, Apex, Tower Hill Lookouts
Walking Tracks
References and Bibliography


Note: This Site has been updated in October 2020 The Chapter which has been updated is Walking Tracks, which contains a review and ordering information of an excellent new self-published book, by Mick Ogrizek,  "Walking Tracks Around Bright and the Upper Ovens Valley"

Walking Tracks

1910 Tram to Auburn


The on-line Autobiography of Bob Padula has been updated in November 2016, first published December 2011, and contains 70 Chapters, 300 pages, and over 1000 images, including sound and videos. It chronicles the most important events and activities of the author's life, spanning the years 1939 to 2011.

It's titled "Looking Back - the Autobiography of Robert V. J, Padula - 1939 to 2011"

Its available for viewiing at

The Autobiography of Robert J. Padula, OAM


1871 View of Bright

1900 Bright in winter


This is the Home Page of the BRIGHT PICTORIAL HERITAGE WEBSITE, an editorial research project compiled by Bob Padula, OAM, of Melbourne. Victoria, Australia.
This project traces the history, evolution and development in words and pictures of the beautiful town of Bright, 350 km northeast of Melbourne, near the foothills of the Victorian Alps.
The site is essentially a colllection of stories authored by myself, linked to many out-of-copyright images and maps from various sources, dating back to the 1850s, supplemented by photographs taken by myself in the years 1962 to 2011. I have included video content created by myself in 2010.

Note: Images taken by myself are indicated with an * at the start of the caption.
Please use the Navigation Bar, at the left of each page, to go direct to the particular chapter.

All images are thumbnailed - click on any photo to see a FULL SIZE view!
I hope you find the project useful!
Bob Padula
Updated October 2020



The author regrets that he is unable to respond to requests from organizations or individuals for historical information concerning places and events described in this website..

warburton station

1909 - Healesville

You are invited to visit any of the folllowing PICTORIAL HERITAGE WEBSITES, published free on-line, and compiled by Bob Padula.

Each describes, in words and pictures, the evolution, history, heritage and development of the designated places.

Silvan Reservoir 1880-2011

Warrandyte 1839-2011

Maroondah Reservoir and Healesville 1862-2011

Bright 1850-2011

Mt Donna Buang and Warburton 1890-2011

Shoreham Beach 1860-2011

The Warburton Forests 1852-2012


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2011* Author at Balnarring Beach

Check out this Video of our visit to Bright, December 2010!
It includes my audio commentary


Check out these important FREE sites, authored by me, and updated regularly!

Bob's Australian Bushwalking Journal (hundreds of searchable entries, with selected images, in chronological order!)
Bob's YouTube Videos of hikes - over 200 Videos!)l
Bob's Photo Album (searchable descriptions of nearly 1000 walks, with over 10,000 images!)
Bob's Picasa Photo Albums hundreds of images from Bob's Australian Bushwalking Journal - static or slideshow




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