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Former Junction Hotel

Former Junction Hotel

"Photos and a bit of a blurb about the old hotel I have just purchased in central Victoria.

This lovely old former hotel built in the 1860's to service the gold rush is situated on approximately 14 acres in the middle of Central Goldfields Shire at Dunolly.

Just 40 mins from Bendigo, 12 mins from Maryborough, 20 mins from Maldon, 120 mins from Melb, this property is in the middle of everything.

I would love to get any information at all about the old hotel. Especially any old photos." - Rachel

Rachell - 2011 "The Junction Hotel in Broadway, Dunolly, Central Goldfields Victoria.
This is a triple-brick, double story hotel built in 1863 by William and Ann Wigham on a gold mining site known as Burnt Creek.
The roof of the hotel was severely damaged by a storm in about 1912. The licence was not reissued after that time. It has been a ruin, then restored as a family home.
In August 2011 it was purchased by Melburnian Rachel Buckley, who plans to open it as a venue for classical music and operatic soirées. She also has plans for an annual "Gilbert and Sullivan Festival" every September. In April 2012, the National Trust will be holding open days and the hotel will feature with an archaeological dig on the site.
Information can be obtained on Rachel's blog on the National Trust website."

Former Junction Hotel

Former Junction Hotel

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

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The story of the owners is being investigated now by Rachel. There are the makings of a fantastic story here.
The information so far is that Ann Wigham (nee Flannigan) was born 1834 3 October. She died in 1882 and is buried in Dunolly.
William was born in 1818 in Glasgow. He had a Court trial in Liverpool and came to Australia as a convict. Ten years transportation for stealing a hanky, brandy and a waistcoat. Dark hair, blue eyes, five foot 1 and 3/4 inches.
William married Ann Flannigan in 1854.
Children MaryAnn,(1856)
William (1857)
James (61)
and John(63)
Ann was 29 years old when last child john was born. William died and hotel finished building and john born all same year.
William Died aged 40 at Dunolly. 1863
Daughter Mary ann moved to Emerald hill with her husband and had 12 children.
Ann managed the hotel on her own and was often in debt. She never remarried.There are nine titles on the property. These used to be shops. Some were owned by ann wigham.
Son william died in 1883 at dunolly"

Blogs

www.nattrust.com.au/heritage_festival/rachel_s_blog

www.nattrust.com.au/heritage_festival/rachel_s_blog__1/rachel_s_blog_26_august_2011

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1787 Maryborough-Dunolly Road
Dunolly
Victoria

Former Junction Hotel

"The damp doesn't look too bad on a sunny day"

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

"It is still possible to see the water mark from the rising damp after the last flooding in the area."

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

"This is the date 1863 in the masonry at the rear of the hotel.

I have spoken to the local historian in the town and asked to be able to research as much as I can about Ann Wigham and the other owners of the Hotel"

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

"Heritage trail sign."

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

"The Junction hotel well at the rear of the hotel."

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

"I was told this Anderson's Fitzroy kitchen range originated from the Kyneton Hotel (would love to verify) "

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

Photo date unknown
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

Former Junction Hotel

This is the security for the door of the bar. And it is.. a bar! Quite a heavy solid bar at that.

Photo August 2011
Photo submitted by Rachel Buckley, Many Thanks

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