Barwon Paper mills
Key Dates ~ Our Amazing Heritage
Fyanstown Inn Clarkes Road Off Hamilton Highway Fyansfor
The Fyanstown Inn, later known as the Swan Inn, was built by its first licensee John Atkins at a cost of £3,000 on the western bank of the Moorabool
In time Atkins "went broke" and the inn became a private home.
It later re-emerged as The Swan Inn.
The site, celebrated for its scenic value, was captured by artists such as Samuel Calvert.
Ford built across the Moorabool River
A painting by Charles Norton shows the ford
The old Post Office
1852-3 Estimated construction of premises (used as a house and shop)
1859-1978 Premises served as a post office (with varied owners)
1928 – 1970 Norman Albert Gugger’s store
1933 Alfred Gugger built the adjacent house
1970+ Used as an antique and doll shop
I have concerns about the accuracy of some of these dates/details. Can you help?
First Bridge built across the Moorabool
A timber bridge built across the Moorabool River to meet the growing needs of the Western District.
Balmoral Hotel 66 Hyland Street Fyansford
Balmoral Hotel of Fyansford, a single storey brick structure, in a picturesque Gothic Revival style was erected for publican James Roger Miller.
While the original form remained intact the Balmoral underwent considerable renovations.
Fyansford Steam Flour Mill 2 Atkins Street Fyansford
The four storey Fyansford steam-powered flour mill was built by Godfrey Barthold and Lowe from locally quarried bluestone. The mill outhouse was occupied by Barthold and Lowe.
The stilll-standing flour mill house (judging from its style) appears to have been built at this time.
The mill was sold to Mr. Charles Hopton.
A photograph of the Moorabool River Valley shows the mill, possibly abutting the Mill House (still existing) to the south and a two storey addition to the east.
A newspaper article describes the building as the 'old flour mill on the bank of the Moorabool River at Fyansford', suggesting that perhaps the buildings were perhaps derelict and no longer in use.
Top two floors of the building were removed and the bottom floor re-roofed.
The building was then used by the community as a dance hall, library and recreation club.
The remainder of the building was demolished due to the expansion of Australian Portland Cement.
A single-storey Interwar bungalow was constructed partly over the former site of the flour mill.
It was built by William McEwan, a former mechanic.
It was reported that some of the fabric used to construct the house was taken from the demolished mill.
See also: Jo Mitchell's Barwon Blog and second relevant blog
1854 - 55
The Fyans Ford Hotel, a transitional Colonial Georgian style, two-storey, brick hotel, was erected for publican C.B. Dawson. It was built immediately following the gold rushes.
Former Protestant Orphanage / Asylum / Common School
The Protestant Orphanage Asylum was erected to the design of noted Geelong architect Andrew McWilliams.
Flour Mill House 2 Atkins Street Fyansford
The Victorian Vernacular styed 'Flour Mill' house demonstrates a once common but now a relatively rare nineteenth century cottage type home.
On My Doorstep
Jo Mitchell's Barwon Blog and second relevant blog
Barwon Paper Mill Complex
Barwon Paper Mill industrial complex was constructed of local bluestone and brick. It comprised the original mill buildings, manager's house (1878), a row of six workers cottages (1878), a stone water race with impeller, tower and stone weir. The Australian paper manufacturers company owned the Barwon Mill from 1895 to 1929. The mill ceased operation in 1923.
Fyansford Monier Bridge
The three-arch Monier bridge of reinforced concrete constructed over the Moorabool River ~ designed and built by Melbourne engineers, Monash & Anderson
Buckley Falls Pumping Station
(Published by Barwon Region Water Authority in 2005) reports:
“Drought led to the decision to construct a pumping station on the Barwon river at Buckley Falls"
“Trust began using three pumps to transfer water from a weir built across the Barwon River, near Buckley Falls, into the Montpellier service basins”
"Pumping from Buckley Falls pumping station recommenced”
Trust complained about the quality of the water from the water from the Barwon system
“Temporary weir at Buckley Falls dismantled"
"The emergency pumping station was removed"
Fyansford next Bridge
A new bridge was built on the site of the old wooden bridge
The first allocation of Riverside Estate lots are sold
"The Victorian Vernacular sytled 'Flour Mill' house ... demonstrates a once common but now a relatively rare nineteenth century cottage type home in Fyansford, of the mid nineteenth century. This includes the form, materials, chimney and verandah. It is .... associated with the production of flour in the earliest factory-type industry in Fyansford ...."
Source: On MY Doorstep
"An 1876 photograph of the Moorabool River Valley shows the mill, possibly abutting the Mill House (still extant) to the south and a two storey addition to the east .... An extant single storey Interwar bungalow was constructed partly over the former site of the flour mill in 1934. It was built by William McEwan, a former mechanic. Local rumors report that some of the fabric used to construct the house was taken from the demolished mill. This however has never been verified ...."