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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.

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    KARA KARA SHIRE OFFICES

    by balhannah Updated Oct 12, 2012

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    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.

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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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    BOTANICAL HOTEL

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    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

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    NAPIER STREET SHOPS

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    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!

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    THE OLD VICTORIA INN

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    Old Victoria Inn

    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.

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    QUEEN MARY BOTANIC GARDENS

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    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 [1913], 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

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    ST. ARNAUD NEWS AGENCY

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    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

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    BANK OF VICTORIA

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    Old Victoria Bank

    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.

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    FOUNTAIN AND SCULPTURE + WAR MEMORIAL

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    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.

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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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    THE COURT HOUSE

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    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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    THE OLD POST BOX

    by balhannah Written Oct 12, 2012

    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.

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    TOWN HALL COMPLEX

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    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.

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    CRONES BUILDINGS

    by balhannah Updated Oct 12, 2012
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    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.

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