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The sign writing of Quorn

Posted on 22 Sep 2015 in Travel, Type | Comments Off on The sign writing of Quorn

A few weeks ago I took off on a road trip across Australia. I intended to go up the Oonandatta track and then spend a few weeks in the Northern Territory.

One of the first stops of my road trip was a tiny town outside of Port Augusta called Quorn. The main attraction of Quorn (and why I was there) is the Pichi Richi railway. The Pichi Richi Railway is a heritage railway located in Quorn. It runs regular train journeys on the oldest remaining section of the old Ghan railway. This particular day I rode on the Pichi Richi explorer

After riding the Pichi Richi explorer and having a walk through the town I began to notice the lovely sign writing that was around the township. It was nice to see the history of the township and the pride of the town, through typography on the buildings. A lot of the signs looks like it was kept up and restored over years.

Sign writing of Quorn

The old sign for the tourist emporium, which no longer exist in this location. It has moved over to the Quorn railway station, across the road from this building.

Sign writing of Quorn

Sadly this tailor and outfitter is no longer here, but it’s nice the owner of the building has kept the sign writing. 

Sign writing of Quorn

A lot of these places, no longer exist in the township but the typography still remains today.

Sign writing of Quorn

Sign writing of Quorn

Billards sign on the wall of a bookshop. I’m unsure if this place is still open.

Sign writing of Quorn

 Emily’s bistro is still open in Quorn and makes some lovely food.

Sign writing of Quorn 

Other building such as the Bank SA building have now been re purposed into accommodation, which is great to see.