Islay House, a familiar sight on the main road through Woodend, started life as a hotel. But how did it get its name? And how should you pronounce it?
The war memorial clock tower is Woodend’s most familiar landmark. But the journey to build it was long and challenging.
More than 1,000 people attended the first meeting at Woodend’s new racecourse in 1903. But Gambill’s victory in the Woodend Cup wasn’t the most impressive feat they saw.
Woodend bandstand was erected as a memorial to J.C. Keating. Such was the esteem in which he was held that a public subscription raised £700.
The Redmonds’ forge in Woodend was a place where not only could you get your horse shod or your wagon repaired but you could be sure of a warm welcome.
Bills horse troughs were mostly built in the 1930s and were dotted across Victoria and NSW. In total, more than 500 were installed in Australia and overseas. Today they stand modestly in many of our villages.