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    THE COURT HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 12, 2012

    Stop 2, is the St Arnaud Court House next to the Info centre which still is being used today for local offendors. It's built in Victorian Free Classical style, in red brick like many of the buildings in St. Arnaud. Originally there was just a court and three ancillary rooms, then between 1882–83, a veranda and double entry were added, together with new rooms for the judge, barristers and witnesses, as well as a jury box, retiring room and Toilets.

    [3] Located behind the Courthouse are what is left of the police residence, lock-up and stables.

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    FIRE STATION

    by balhannah Written Oct 12, 2012

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    Continuing a little further along Napier street, I come across the Fire Station, Turncock’s
    Residence and Cast Iron Stand Pipe.
    The Fire Station was built out of local bricks in 1883, and is Victoria's oldest fire station.
    A look in the window, and on display was the hand drawn fire cart, equipped only with leather buckets and a few short ladders. As water pressures were low, the turncock’s job was to turn off certain valves to redirect and increase the flow to a fire area.
    Stop 5 on the heritage walk.

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    VISITOR INFORMATION - TOWN WALK

    by balhannah Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The Visitor Information centre is located in the heritage listed Crown Land Office. It is easy to find as it is located in Napier street, which is the main street. I suggest going in here, and picking up the FREE BROCHURE which outlines the heritage walk.

    As St. Arnaud is an old gold mining town, there are lots of heritage buildings worth seeing. You can also download the walk from the listed website.

    The Crown Land Office, is no1 and where the walk begins. When gold gave way to farming, this land office became extremely busy. It was built in 1876 out of local Yawong Hill granite and has four rooms and a hall six feet wide.

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    JACQUES LEROY DE SAINT ARNAUD

    by balhannah Written Oct 11, 2012

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    I came across Jacques leroy de Saint Arnaud in the Botanic gardens. I liked the statue and thought that the person looked French. Sure enough, he was!

    So I read on, wondering what a statue of a frenchman was doing here. It turned out, Jacques Leroy De St Arnaud (b 1796 - d 1854) although ill, had commanded the French Army, which had combined with British and Turkish forces, in the battle against Russia during the Crimea War.
    In 1854, seven days after leading the victorious Battle of Alma, he was struck down with a fever. Sadly, just 3 days later, he died whilst on a Ship carrying him home to France.

    At this time in Australia, the gold rush was on in this area, and people were in high spirits. A site was proposed for the village and it was decided to name it after this brave Frenchman.

    Jacques St. Arnaud
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