A Town Walk in Historic Castlemaine

Mostyn St, Castlemaine

A Town Walk in Historic Castlemaine

Mostyn St, Castlemaine
Staff Pick
26 m
1.79 km
Easy

Summary

A walk around the historic buildings of Castlemaine.

A Town Walk in Historic Castlemaine

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This walk covers the central city area, its public buildings and commercial areas.
Some buildings have been modernised inside but retain the old world charm on a bygone era on the outside.

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Points of Interest

1. Market Building

Constructed in 1861-62 this building was a market until 1967. It is now the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre.

2. Theatre Royal

Behind the 1930s facade is one of the longest continuously operating entertainment establishments in Victoria.

3. Albion Hotel

Once known as the Albion Hotel it is now called the 'Empire'.

4. Mt Alexander Hotel and Trades Hall

This building on the right was the Mt Alexander Hotel from 1864-1907 when it changed to a grocery business. The building on the left was the Trades Hall from 1914. It was built c 1860.

5. Victoria Hotel

This building was The Freemason's, the Victoria and Sporting Club hotels at different times.

6. Williams' Buildings

E D Williams redeveloped this site as his grocery and general merchandise business expanded.

7. Union Bank

1859-65 It was also a doctor's residence and surgery. Now a private residence.

8. French's Talbot Drug Store

In 1858 it was an early chemist. Now a real estate agent.

9. Supreme Court Hotel

1859-1913. This building has extensive cellars.

10. State Savings Bank

This building was originally the State Savings Bank from 1855. In 1921 it became the police station.

11. Gold Warden's Office

The Warden headed the Mining Court and sometimes served as the Police Magistrate.

12. Court House

1877 This building replaced an earlier court building on the site.

13. Imperial Hotel

1861. Another hotel built with an interesting mansard roof and extensive cellars.

14. School of Mines

The School of Mines building was constructed in 1889. It is now the Mount Alexander Shire Council building.

15. Town Hall

This building dates from 1898 and is still the Castlemaine Town Hall.

16. Drill Hall

1889 The Castlemaine 1st Company, Victorian Rifle Corps moved from Camp Reserve to this site prior to 1863.

17. Fire Station

This site was the fire station from 1857. Now a cafe.

18. Salvation Army Officers quarters, Citadel and Barracks

This building is the middle Citadel occupied between 1885 and 1898 and capable of seating 1000.

19. Library

This building was originally a Mechanics Institute in 1857. It is now Castlemaine Library.

20. Faulder Watson Hall

Opened in 1895 as premises for the Castlemaine Pioneers and Old Residents Association chiefly funded by a donation by Mrs Watson in memory of her husband.

21. Telegraph Office

The first telegraph communication was on 1 January 1857.

22. Post Office

This building dates from 1875 complete with clock bell cast locally at Horwood's foundry.

23. Verey's Corner

Verey's first photographic studio was on this site c 1884. This building was built in the early 1900s.

24. Criterion Hotel

1853 This building is the oldest continuously licensed premises in Castlemaine.

25. Bank of Victoria

1856 This building replaced an earlier small corrugated iron building.

26. Oriental Bank Chambers and Bank of NSW

The Oriental Bank Chambers (right) 1862 was subsequently a printing works, newspaper office and legal chambers. The Bank of NSW (left) 1866 replaced an 1855 single storey building.

27. Bedford Arms Hotel

1860 This building was originally the Bedford Arms Hotel. Now the National Bank.

28. Victory Park

Victory Park was established in 1919. The drinking fountain provides for horses and dogs as well as humans!

Features

Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
Public Transport Public Transport
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Pram friendly Pram friendly

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