J&DHS Inc. 2000
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A core group of around 15 local volunteer
members, have carried out the restoration & maintenance of
the old Courthouse building, the setting up of the
MUSEUM and the never
ending task of raising the funds to allow our work to continue.
Built in 1864, it was the first Courthouse built on the then
thriving Upper Goulburn Goldfields and signalled the arrival of
law and order to the district.
Designed by H.A. Williams, a draftsman for the Public Works
Department, built on a sandstone base with a slate roof, from
local handmade bricks, made at Thompsons Brickyard on what is
now the Licola Road.
The brickyard closed after a short time so only two buildings in
the town are built from these bricks, the Courthouse and St.
Peters Anglican Church in Grey St.
A County Court, Court of Mines and Court of Petty Sessions, in
the early days cases were heard monthly, in later years the
court was in session less often. The last two cases to be heard
in the court were in 1974 one was an inquiry into the death of a
worker on the Thompson Dam, the other into a death which
occurred in a car accident on the Woods Point Road. Part of the
building continued to be used as the police station until 1977.
In the mid 1980s the old Jamieson Courthouse was
earmarked for sale or demolition by the Justice Department.
Seeing the potential for use by the community as a site from
which to provide some much needed services, a group of
concerned local citizens successfully stepped in to save the
Being of historical significance, in 1988 the building was
listed with the National Estate, the building now belongs to
Parks Victoria, and is administered by their Historic
Buildings Committee. In 1989 the department granted the
Jamieson community, a 20 year lease for the building on the
condition it be restored.
When the Jamieson & District Historical Society Inc. was
formed in 1991 this group of volunteers was appointed
Committee of Management, taking on the responsibility for the
restoration and maintenance of the building.
In 1988 the building was a sad sight, drooping verandahs,
slate was missing and the roof leaked badly, spouting and down
pipes were rusted away, most windows were broken, the floors
were rotten and needed re-stumping and the entire building
needed painting inside and out. Since then over $60,000 has
been spent on the restoration, of this almost $50,000 was
raised locally, and thousands of voluntary hours were put in
on the project, a huge effort for a town with a permanent
population of around 100.
CURRENT USE OF THE JAMIESON
Now the restoration is complete the building is
being put to good use, and it is not just restricted to the
past, as the building is not only a Museum & the
headquarters of the Historical Society, it also provides the
town with a weekly Community Heath Centre and Doctors Clinic.
The Doctor is in attendance from 10am every Tuesday and the
Health Centre is open 2 pm to 5pm every Thursday.
In our eyes this is a great advance from 10 years ago when a
visit to either service involved a 70 km round trip.
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