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Fair view hotel

Contemporary view (Ca 2017) of Fyansford, Barrabool hills and Moorabool Valley

from the site of the old Fair View Hotel

Buildings at top of the hill are most li

Photo by John Norton Ca 1866-1880

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The Fair View Hotel, also known as the Fairview Hotel, was located at the top of Fyans' Ford Hill (north-west corner of Hyland St. and McCurdy Rd.) on a large lot of land extending all the way down to the banks of the Moorabool River.



  • 1847       Thomas B Payne purchased the land 

  • 1855       Fair View Hotel, under ownership of James Noble Esq., was occupied and run by John McInnes

  • 1859       William and Margaret Greenwood run the establishment; now as “Greenwood's Family Hotel”

  • 1861       Greenwoods try, unsuccessfully, to sell their hotel as a private gentlemen's residence

  • 1863       Property leased to Misses Dawson who move their “ladies' seminary” to the more spacious 'Fair                         View House'

  • 1865       The ‘school for young ladies’ relocates

  • 1867       “Fairview House” repeatedly advertised for sale

  • 1871       Margaret Greenwood transfers her publican's license to a tenant, Mr. J. C. Mogg

  • 1873       Mogg leaves and Margaret is again granted a liquor license for the Fairview Hotel

  • 1876       Margaret dies – the hotel in all likelihood falls vacant and is never again occupied

  • 1880       Geelong Advertiser reports that a severe storm caused considerable damage to the premises

  • 1881       Property purchased by Mr. Hotchin, a well-known butcher, with plans to convert the building into a                     slaughtering house

  • 1884       Hotchin's butchery advertised for sale in Geelong Advertiser

  • 2016       Site is largely vacant apart from a few houses


The field of vision to the west is still awe-inspiring; with views up the Moorabool valley, across the Barrabool hills and down onto the township of Fyansford. To the north, south and east, the landmarks which may have earlier been visible are now obscured by housing and the remains of the Fyansford Cement Works.

Contemporary view of the site of the old Fair View Hotel


No known photo of the Fair View hotel exists

For a more detailed, well-researched historical perspective of the ups-n-downs of this

ill-fated establishment see Jo Mitchell’s Barwon Blogs:


Extract from A Fair View by Jo Mitchell

"In addition to its better-known hotels, for several decades during the latter half of the 19th century, Fyansford had another pub: the Fair View (aka Fairview) Hotel. By all accounts, the Fair View was aptly named. Perched atop the highest point of Herne Hill - or Fyans' Ford Hill as it was known in the early days of the colony - it commanded sweeping 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape, however its origins seem - to me at least - to be a bit of a mystery...."

Definitely, well worth a read - including the added comments

Google Earth map  overlay on section of

1953 survey map of the Parish of Moorpanyal

Recent (2018) Pics from Google Earth

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A grab of old press clippings...

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Fair View Hotel

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1881 the Fair View property was purchased by Mr. Hotchin, a well-known butcher, who had plans to convert the building into a slaughtering house. He may well have operated the premises as a butchery during this time. What was a butcher shop like back then? This gallery of pics hints at what it may have been like.



















We do know from a Geelong Advertiser)advertisement that Hotchin put his butchery up for sale in 1884. 

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