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With thanks to Malmsbury Historical Society.
Three signs decorate the crumbling walls of the red-brick ruin on the road into Malmsbury.
One, on the facing end as you leave the village, points you to the freeway junction. Another, on the opposite end, directs you to the local tourist trail. And the third, above the entrance, warns you to “Keep Out”.
Many years ago, though, long before the building fell into disrepair, visitors would have been welcome to walk in the door and stay for a while.
Built in 1860, the Racecourse Hotel was one of the first hotels reached by travellers coming from Kyneton. As its name suggests, the hotel thrived on trade from the nearby racecourse (now the site of the youth justice centre).
However, it was delicensed in 1893 along with five other Malmsbury hotels. The adjoining stables have long since disappeared.
✍️ Christine Barker, Secretary and Editor 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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