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The sunshine of a late afternoon in Autumn glints on some of the surfaces of these old shops in the town of Rutherglen, in the state of Victoria. Named after a town in Scotland, the town first came to prominence during the gold rush period of our history, in the 1860s, but later on developed into one of the country's best wine-producing areas. The table wines are good, but it's said the Muscat and Tokay wines are the best in the world.

Only a few kilometres from the Murray River which divides the states of Victoria and New South Wales (see the Map view), the older part of the small town is well preserved or restored without looking like an 'olde worlde' theme-park. This can be seen in the rather spartan but well cared-for appearance of the shops in the photo.

I've been to Rutherglen numerous times, and years ago knew a man who worked as an estate agent, a driving instructor and an undertaker; he is still there, but fortunately I had no need for any of these varied services, despite 'tasting' a bit too much wine.

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