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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 on the site by 1865 and operated by the Coghlan family. Fire destroyed that building, and the general store and butcher’s shop that also occupied the site, in June 1872.
The hotel was rebuilt soon after in bluestone but closed in 1893. It became the offices of the Hume brothers, Walter and Ernest, in 1900, before they became more widely known 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 after 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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