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A stack of suitcases sits in the front room of an old Victorian country house with a ramshackle wide-brimmed hat on top.

A thick layer of dust and debris covers the thought-provoking scene, which appears to have been frozen in time for the past 60 years.

“Seeing those suitcases and the hat made the mind go wild, thinking of someone who was ready for a trip but never made it,” says Steve Chaz.

The photographer was on a camping trip with friends for the weekend when they came across the old abandoned house in remote Victoria.

A half-packed suitcase sits on top of what appears to be some bedding.
A half-packed suitcase sits on top of what appears to be some bedding. (Photograph by Steve Chaz)

The group of friends have made a hobby looking for abandoned houses that are no longer in use, but this find was special, says Chaz.

“From the outside it didn’t look like much; a semi-intact farmhouse in a pretty run-down state.

“There were many rotting floors, collapsing verandas and signs of animals that had passed through the place.

“But the door was open and once we looked inside, there was only a treasure trove of old trinkets. There were pictures on the walls, lots of clocks, and bits of old furniture and old appliances.

“You could spend hours and hours in this place, it was fascinating.”

The photographs taken by Mr. Chaz show a time capsule; A glimpse into the simple life of an Australian rural farmer in the 1960s, which is when the photographer estimates the house was last in use.

The newspapers found in the house date from the 1940s, he said.

One of the bedrooms of the old farmhouse.
One of the bedrooms of the old farmhouse. (Photograph by Steve Chaz)
The kitchen offers a snapshot of what everyday life would have been like for the Australian farmer.
The kitchen offers a snapshot of what everyday life would have been like for the Australian farmer. (Photograph by Steve Chaz)

Judging from the belongings left at the home, Chaz said it appeared to have been owned by a gentleman who was also possibly a war veteran.

“My take on the place was that it probably belonged to a single man, or at least that he had been single towards the end of his life,” he said.

“There were signs, some telltale signs, to say that he served in the war.”

And an old bookshelf with personal trinkets underneath.
An old bookshelf with personal trinkets underneath. (Photograph by Steve Chaz)

Chaz said that he did not touch anything inside the house, but simply tried to capture the scenes as a snapshot of a place where time seemed to have stopped.

The photographer said he could understand why perhaps the owner’s family had abandoned her.

“Some people would say, ‘Oh, all it takes is a coat of paint and she’ll be right.’

“But the reality is that it simply is not possible. These places are so far away that you have to appreciate them for their fragile state and register them before they tip over or burn.

“This place was quite remote. It is probably not a place where people would want to live if they had a family and had to go to school or even work.

“There are no nearby towns. It just wouldn’t be a practical place to live.

“In the past, when people cultivated the land and didn’t need to be near anything, everything would have been fine, but it is not practical in today’s way of life.”

The location of the house has been withheld at the request of Mr. Chaz.


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