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With thanks to Malmsbury Historical Society.
Located on a prominent corner, the former Junction Hotel is one of Malmsbury’s most significant landmarks.
A timber hotel was built by 1865 and was operated by the Coghlan family. Fire destroyed it in June 1872, along with a general store and butcher’s shop that also occupied the site.
The hotel was rebuilt in bluestone soon afterwards but closed in 1893. It became the offices of the Hume brothers, Walter and Ernest, in 1900, before they gained more widespread recognition for their pioneering work in producing concrete and steel pipes.
Some of the attached shops were removed in 1909.
The building became a boarding house known as the Residential Mansions or Lisieux by 1922 as Malmsbury, a former mining and quarrying town, began to rely on tourism in the years following World War I.
✍️ Susan Walter, President of Malmsbury Historical Society.
📘 History of Malmsbury, by Roslyn Stevens, can be purchased for $10 (plus postage) by emailing Malmsbury Historical Society. Alternatively, copies are available at Malmsbury Bakery and Malmsbury General Store.
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