In the north-east corner of Victoria is a lovely, well-preserved historical town, Beechworth, famous for its major growth during the gold rush days of the mid-1850s. Beechworth is one of Australia’s most popular regional towns to visit and regularly features in holiday and destination programs. The town may be small, only around 4000 people live there on a permanent basis but during the holiday periods, festivals and summer months the population increases considerably.
We visited this lovely Victorian town and were taken with the history and architecture of the place. What a great destination and not to mention that Beechworth is the home of the famous “Beechworth Bakery”. A definite place to visit and enjoy a lovely repast.
Beechworth is mostly known as a gold mining town, however it is also noted that the famous Bush Ranger Ned Kelly was imprisoned there.
Ned Kelly was an infamous Australian outlaw and hero. He was born in 1854 and was the son of an Irish ex-convict transported to Australia by the British government. Ned was first arrested at age 14 for stealing 10 shillings. He became an outlaw and bank robber, wanted for the murder of a policeman in the 1870’s. Ned Kelly was arrested after a shootout with police in 1880. His gang famously wore the metal armour (as shown in the photo). Hanged on November 11, 1880 at Melbourne Gaol.
The Beechworth Post Office was constructed in 1870, to a design by Peter Kerr, incorporating a tower dating from 1865 and other building materials from an earlier post office building on the current site. It represents a prominent landmark in the gold-mining centre. It is an intact example of the larger two-story post offices of this period, incorporating a residence for the postmaster.
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