|Location:||New South Wales, Australia|
Monte Cristo, the mount of Christ, is the governmental estate of Junee, New South Wales, a recovering settlement in Australia. Embedded inside a hillock, both above and below ground, this pre-war Victorian marvel is the beacon of Christianity and apocalyptic perseverance. The head of the residence, Nathan Crawley, envisions the homestead as how the world was, and how it should be; running strict laws and judicial procedures onto his settlement of Junee.
After 'cleansing' the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people from the area, Christopher William Crawley (1841-1910) acquired the land provincially in January 1876 under procurements of the Robertson Act of 1861. Mr. Crawley soon became a force to be reckoned with, and with more than a pillar of society, he became the town founder of Junee.
His hard earned wealth and newfound social status needed an omnipresent symbol, so Monte Cristo was envisioned. After years of travail farming and regional life in a primitive slab hut, his fortunes changed when the Great Southern Railway Line opened in 1878. Daringly, he acquired a license and built the Railway Hotel opposite the soon to be bustling railway station.
The homestead was constructed by the territorial pioneer in 1885 from the immense profit the hotel garnered. It was a double-story late-Victorian manor standing on a hill overlooking the town, with another three levels built within the mountain itself.
The grandest home of the regions landed nobility on Monte Cristo, which became the ultimate status symbol. Built like a castle in feudal Europe, it was the center of local power and sat perched high on a hill so its lord could survey his domain from the balcony. However, it was still a farming property, the essence of the Crawley family agricultural pursuits, and Mr. Crawley wasn't above getting his hands dirty.