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  • Some of the heritage listed main street
    Some of the heritage listed main street
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    The ex London Bank of Australia

    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    The explorers Hume and Hovell passed through the area on their journey to Port Phillip. In their report they noted the extensive grass cover and the potential for grazing. The first settlers arrived in 1834 and by 1845 four stations, including Round Hill and Walla Walla, had been gazetted.
    Culcairn's main claim to historical fame concerns the career of bushranger Dan 'Mad Dog' Morgan who terrorised the district from 1862-65.
    The building shown here caught my eye, particularly the London Bank of Australia tag. I guarantee it's been some time since they traded in this town!
    It's located just over the railway tracks from the hotel also.

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    The historic heart

    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    Many of the buildings in the central shopping area have a heritage listing which means they are classified by the National Trust and you have to have special approval to make any alterations or restorations.
    Just across the railway line from the Culcairn Hotel (heading north) is the Station Master's Residence (circa 1883), a handsome building which is currently being redeveloped by the Culcairn Museum Committee. It's furnished in traditional style dating to around1880-1890. There's an old railway carriage in the garden out the back of the residence. At the moment it is only open on Saturdays. Ask in the town if you want it opened earlier.

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    by iandsmith Written Oct 18, 2011

    Favorite thing: One of the major landmarks of the town is the Culcairn Hotel. Built in 1891, the original building was extended in 1910 with the addition of an accommodation wing of over 70 rooms, stables, a coach house and extensive gardens. Patrons of the hotel could drive their coach or horse to Culcairn, stable it and catch the train to Sydney or Melbourne. The hotel boasted the town’s first power supply in 1909.

    Fondest memory: I just happened to park across the road from it and you didn't have to be Einstein to work out that this was a significant building. Around the corner to the left is where the buildings in the opening shot are located.

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