Located in the park beside the Town Hall complex, is a rather nice sculpture of a child dipping his toes in the pond. A small waterfall completes the scene. This was presented to the town, as a gift from the Bank of Victoria, celebrating 100years of participation in the community.
The War Memorial is located in the Park. Built out of red marble, its style is different to the usual you find in Australia.
No 26, was across the road from the Old Post Office. This looked liked a private house, which it is today, but back in 1861, the Bank of Victoria was located here, and was one of the first Banks in St. Arnaud. Not an impressive building like I have seen in many gold rush towns, just a plain Victorian Regency building, established here in 1861 and later merged with the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC) in 1927.
No 27 on the heritage walk, was the old Post & Telegraph Office. This building operated as a Post Office from 1866 until 1924, with separate entrances in Millett and Napier Streets. It is built in Victorian Romanesque style, then a second storey was added for the Postmaster to live. The clock tower never came to fruition.
Since 1925, the building has housed the electoral office, the clerk of courts, an air training corps and scouts. Currently, it is a gallery and tearooms.
I found St. Arnaud had some very different sights and attractive buildings that weren't on my heritage walk list.
I saw Chimneys which were quite unusual, they reminded of ones I had seen in England. The signage brought some grins, especially the "pig poo" for sale sign in a shop window, you are definitely in the country here! I also liked the "Hen picked crafts!"
Still going strong today!
At stop 12 on the heritage walk, the News Agency in Napier street is another building built in Federation Free Classical style. James Rowe arrived in St. Arnaud in 1874 and set up a newsagency in a weatherboard shop on the site. The new stylish brick building was built in 1897. Since 1927, many kinds of businesses have operated in this shop
This is another beautiful building to view on the heritage walk.
The Inn is built in Victorian Filigree style. It has a bull nosed verandah, beautiful cast iron lacework and many exterior fittings and features. The ground floor carriage entrance features cast iron gates.
The Inn now operates as a Motel. It is centrally located on the town's main street, [Napier street] and within easy walking distance of all attractions. The motel units are set behind the historic building. There is a cafe/art gallery located in the original historic hotel, and it's fully licensed.
Stop 16 on the heritage walk.
This Bank opened in 1889, as the London Chartered Bank. Today, it is still operating as a Bank, now the ANZ Bank.
It is constructed in a Victorian Domestic Gothic design.
On the interpretive sign it said "A reporter from the St. Arnaud Mercury claimed the strong room “is large enough to hold about as much money as the whole of the United Kingdom could produce.”
Stop 12 on the heritage walk.
Located on the opposite corner to the Fire Station, is a really beautiful Hotel. In 1857, a rough building in slab and bark stood here, then known as the Jones Family Hotel and Store. This building was destroyed by fire in 1905, and a new two-storey hotel of locally-made wire cut bricks was built. This building is now known as the "Botanical Hotel, and why it is so beautiful is because of the Federation Filigree around the verandah.
This is stop 7
Scot's Church is an attractive Church located next to Queen Mary Botanic Gardens.
Early church services were held in homes and hired halls, until the council granted land for the church and manse. It is built in the red & cream like many buildings are in St. Arnaud, had a slate roof and impressive bell tower and spire.
A lovely park in St. Arnaud, is the Queen Mary Botanic gardens. A very pleasant area to walk around or to sit at one of the benches and feed the Ducks. They must be fed often, as when I walked past, they soon sailed across the lake to where I was, sorry, no food from me!
The park was landscaped in 1889, and not only does it have the ornamental Lake, but exotic trees, garden beds, many pathways, Toilets and the impressive Angwin Gates , erected in memory of a much loved and highly regarded Doctor.
They take up a whole square, one side is the main road [Napier street.]
Heritage walk stop 25
Crones buildings, named after James Crone who set up a Butcher's shop in St. Arnaud. His business prospered, and so Crone's buildings were built and no expense was spared. The result is a gorgeous two storey Federation Filigree design, with the balcony featuring elaborate cast iron lacework, turned timber columns and a bull-nosed veranda.
Stop 11 on the heritage walk.
Step back in time as you walk and window shop in Napier Street. No fancy dress models in the windows here, just the old fashioned way of hanging clothes on coathangers hooked into the peg- board along the shop wall.
Napier street is full of Victorian and Federation commercial buildings, a legacy of the prosperity first
created by a land boom in the 1870s. Many of these buildings still retain their original facades, with early timber or metal-framed windows, some highlighted by leadlight, glazed doors, glazed tile surfaces and parapet signage. Skillion and bull-nosed verandas with decorative features contribute to a street, one that feels like you are still in the gold rush days!
Next is stop 8 on the heritage walk, and it's infront of the massive Town Hall Complex.
Even though it was 1855 when the town of St. Arnaud was founded by gold miners, it was not officially a town until 1950.
It was on August 28, 1869, the Mayor laid the foundation stone of the building, built in red brick with a white brick base and granite steps. A grand Ball was held to celebrate the opening!
The soldier’s memorial portico was added in 1928 and a much larger concert hall.
I don't have to move far to view stop 6, as it is the cast iron post box located outside the Fire Station. This type of Post box, was used around Melbourne from 1860 until 1920. Now, only 200 of them remain.
This was the only one of its type in St. Arnaud.
Stop 4 on the walk, is at the Kara Kara Shire Offices which now are where you can enjoy a coffee in a heritage listed building. It's said to be a rare example of a Federation-style local government building in rural Victoria that is still virtually intact. Built in 1902 from local bricks, it was used as the administrative centre until 1996.