The Bluey was nearly blocked

March 30, 2018

Photograph of the “Kyabram Hotel” erected in 1899. It is now referred to as “The Bluey”.

THE Kyabram Hotel would not have existed if a group of Kyabram townsfolk had their way in 1886. The only other hotel in Kyabram at that time was the Albion Hotel and the group thought that was sufficient for the township.

A public meeting was organised in May 1886 by the Gospel Temperance Society for the purpose of protesting against any increase of publican’s licences in the new township of Kyabram.

Mr O’Brien then organised his own petition and as a result both Mr O’Brien (Kyabram Hotel) and Mr Hugh Ryan (Commercial Hotel) obtained their licences for their premises in Kyabram in September 1886.

The first Kyabram Hotel was a weatherboard building built in 1886 for Mr John Patrick O’Brien who had applied for the removal of his licence from the Cooma Hotel to Kyabram. Mr Hugh Ryan applied for the license of the Henley Hotel from George Henley.

The first weatherboard Kyabram Hotel was destroyed by fire on April 24, 1899 when Mr Christopher Cressard was the licensee. A grand new two-storied building was then erected in 1899 for Mr Cressard. The architect was Mr Arthur Castles and builder Mr George Bishop.

This photograph shows the Kyabram Hotel in all its glory.

Note the maid in the doorway and the ladder on the lamp post on the corner to access the lighting of the lamp.

“BAR” is written on the window to the left of the front door. The verandahs were removed in the early 1950s.

■Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian

From 40 years ago

“THEY looked like a couple of old war horses.”

Hardly the expected description of two young girls who had just won the Victorian Junior Golf Foursome Championships, but that’s the way one of the girl’s mothers saw them.

Local champions Lynne Claney and Glenda Prior took out the blue ribbon event in Melbourne last week, despite a couple of quite severe handicaps.

Lynne’s mother, Mrs Beryl Claney, said this week the girls had won the title very convincingly even though Glenda still suffers from whiplash as the result of a recent accident and Lynne had a pulled hamstring.

Their disabilities were not reflected in the result as the local girls burnt around the tough Commonwealth Course at Oakleigh with a score of 83 – a mammoth six strokes ahead of their nearest rival.

It was the first time Lynne and Glenda have been successful in this title, and it will be the last. They both turn 21 this year and will be ineligible to play again.

From 20 years ago

KEVIN Bauerle and Barry Richmond combined to win the BBBB stableford event in another successful golf and bowls day staged by Girgarre RSL at Valley View last Sunday.

They compiled 46 points to win from Andrew Henderson and Jack Taylor with 44 points.

Nick Cates took the nearest the pin honors.

The ladies winners were Helen Emery and Eileen Sullivan with 44 points, with Jenny Bauerle and Enid Stone the runners-up with 41 points.

Eileen had a good day as she was also the nearest the pin winner.

The Calloway winner was Mark Wickham with 71 points from Nathan Seath with 73 the runner-up. Winner of the Bradman award was Mark Taylor with 143.

The bowls triples event winners were Bob Carlin, Betty Carling and John Elliot with the team of Graham Tomlinson, Iris Tomlinson and Gwen Dick the runners-up. The spider competition was won by Vi Lonie.

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