The Heritage Walk

You can commence from any point along the walk, they are shown on the map, however let’s assume you start from point number one.
memorial (11K) 1. The memorial at the entrance to the community complex was built after the Boer War in memory of two local men - Pte C. Williams and Pte J.E White. The memorial was moved from the centre of Cowslip St to its present site after an accident. Three lamps commemorate WW1, WW2 and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
hardware (6K) 2. The hardware shop is on the site of Violet Town’s first Post Office, taken over by the PMG in 1891. In the late 1890s Violet Town had one of the first female mail contractors in Victoria. The shop was later to put on many faces including being the local library.
postoffice150 (7K) 3. The present Post Office, built in 1910 after the former Post Office was burnt down, is now privately owned. The Post Office was first established in the group of shops (recently a green grocer shop), which then operated as the National Bank until the present Post Office was built.
ellenfrances (8K) 4. The Ellen Frances Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1993. The original building was built as Underwood’s Railway Hotel around 1880.
blacksmith (8K)

5. 

Riddell’s Bros Hardware Store

In 1902 the Riddell brothers operated as wheelwrights, coachmakers, builders, undertakers, and general blacksmiths and also sold building supplies, and reapers and binders.

Mr Frank Peacock owned the store after Riddell’s - later his son, Edward continued the business.

As well as selling hardware of all kinds they were also building agents. Behind the hardware store,

they ran a blacksmith’s shop where you could order carriages, wheels and other farm needs.

In 1930s They sold everything from lino and carpets to a hammer and nails, even good quality Stuart crystal and English china. They were also the local undertakers and for a time had a truck that was used for deliveries and it was used as hearse when required.

The building was a community Op Shop for 17 years thanks to the generosity of the Murphy Family until 2008. 

  6. The Pharmacy and hairdresser now occupy the building of ‘Grogans A1 Cash Warehouse’, later Wingfields and Hazels. The general store and drapery were built about 1890.
shoemaker (7K) 7. The buildings on your right, most recently operated as greengrocer, hospital cottage shop etc. was formerly Henry Trewella’s Hairdressers (1937), Violet Town Sentinel, Estate’s Milk bar, Strones Shoemakers. These shops were previously built about the 1890s.
  8. The butchery operated continuously on these premises for more than a century until January 2005. Previously a cordial factory operated in conjunction behind the main building.
bank (6K) 9. This building commenced life about 1905 as the National Bank.
violettownhotel150 (7K) 10. On your right is the Violet Town Hotel, built about 1900, on the site of McShanes Kialla Hotel. On the opposite side of Lily St, now the Police Station, was the ‘bottom pub’ called the ‘Farmers Arms’.
iga (9K) 11. The present Friendly Grocer was previously ‘Goodfellows’ store and has been the site for a grocery shop for over a century. Some people will remember it as P.W. Harcourts.
shireoffice (6K) 12. First Shire Offices were built in 1899 by Humphrey and Firth of Footscray for 480 pounds. The Shire of Violet Town was proclaimed on 11 April 1895. First Council meetings were held in the Mechanics Institute that stood on the site now occupied by the Community Complex. Formerly Shire of Violet Town offices occupied the site
sawmiller (7K) 13. The house on the right hand corner just after the old Council building was built and owned by Mr McDonald who was a sawmiller. The house was built about 1912 and the family occupied this building until the late 1980s.
  14. On your left in Mary’s Lane is the site of the former Violet Town saleyards.
firstlot (8K) 15. On the corner of Rose Street is an old house built on the first surveyed block. First allotment block No 1 in land Victoria.
  16. Opposite 6 Tulip Street was the original Flour Mill and later the Butter Factory. Part of the building has been demolished but the wheel area is still visible. The house is privately owned.
  17. Peranbin College occupies the site of the National School, first proposed in 1849 with 19 students. Most came from out of town with many riding more than six miles (about 10 km) to school. School No 604 has had extensive alterations done but part of the old building is still standing. Behind the school in Baird St stands the former head master’s house.
memorialgate150 (6K) 18. On the left at the park, the iron gates date from 1884. The ‘lest We Forget’ motto was added in 1957.