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Following the discovery of gold at Cashens Point in 1854, the first signs of a settlement began appearing on what was then known as Jamieson Flat.
Said to be named for George Jamieson, who lived on the flat around 1850.
It was not really a gold mining town, rather a supply town. From Jamieson supplies would be packed by horse and mule along the narrow tracks to the diggers on the goldfields of the Upper Goulburn.
At its peak Jamieson had a population of 3000 to 4000, today the permanent population averages around 100.
Many of the old buildings have been preserved, they include:Colonial Bank and Residence (1868),
The Jamieson Courthouse (1864) home of the
Jamieson & District Historical Society Inc.where a display of the areas past can be viewed in the
Museum between 10am and 4pm on Weekends and Public Holidays from November to Easter, and
Jamieson Primary School 814 as well as the old
Built in 1867 as the Colonial Bank and managers residence for Edwin Fitzroy Lusignan the first Bank Manager, a position he held for 18 years.
A much respected man, when he moved to Benalla in 1885 a dinner was held in his honour at the Junction Hotel and a presentation of 50 guineas ($105) was made.
The National Bank merged with the Colonial Bank in 1918 then in 1925 the Jamieson Branch closed and business was transferred to Mansfield.
The building then became a storeroom and extra accommodation for the Junction Hotel which was located next door.
Between 1948-52 the building was used as a residence for the publicans family and when the hotel was burnt down in January 1961, the building was utilised as a temporary bar.
The last Licensee, Mrs. Dorothy Denholme, surrendered the 104 year old licence in 1965. The licence was transferred to the Kooroora Motel which then became the Lakeside Hotel.
St Peters (1865), Original St Johns (1865),
ST. PETERS CHURCH OF ENGLAND above left
Surrounded by 100 year old oaks, sycamores and pines this beautiful old church was inaugurated on September 28th 1865 with full Masonic honours.
The first Rector was Rev. Frederick Smith who came to the Parish in April 1865.
The main structure is built of local handmade bricks with a shingle roof (now covered by galvanised iron for protection), the porch and wooden vestry were added at a later date. The interior roof beams are extremely solid and the pulpit is hand carved Lebanon Cedar.
Below left is St Peters as it was in 1865
ST. JOHNS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH above right
Father Patrick Kavanagh was the first Priest for the Parish, which covered the district from Mansfield to Jericho. It was he who selected the land for the church to be built on. The site was gazetted in 1863 and the first building a small timber chapel(below right) was erected to the left of the current church in 1865.
Father Patrick Courtney became St. Johns first Priest and Michael Ridge was the first Trustee. The present building, was built in 1899.
ABOVE: St Peters Church of England, St Johns Catholic Church (1899),
BELOW: The Memorial Hall (1883), Post Office (1872),
JAMIESON MEMORIAL HALL above left
Following a Grand Opening Ball in 1883 the building was used as the Town Hall and Howqua Shire Offices until amalgamation with Mansfield in 1919.
This building was then turned over to the people of Jamieson as a memorial to those who fought in WWI.
After the Anzac Day Parade each year a Memorial Service is held here by the Upper Goulburn Branch of the RSL.
Currently being restored, this community meeting place can be hired from the Hall Committee for functions.
For information contact Suzi Giles on (03) 5777 0518
JAMIESON POST OFFICE above right
The original Post and Telegraph Office was on the lower side of Bank Street. When the Oriental Bank closed in 1865, Robert Kennedy, the Postmaster at the time, moved the Post Office to the old bank building, across the street.
The Jamieson Chronicle of June 1868 tells us the Post Office and Telegraph Station by this time was adjacent to the Courthouse Hotel.
The present Post Office building was built in 1872 and opened for business soon after. It has operated as the Jamieson Post Office ever since.
The telephone was connected to the district in the late 1890s making the Telegraph obsolete. The single wire party line from Mansfield to Woods Point remained in service until after WWll
June Mason was the telephonist until the 1970s, when the exchange was automated. June was Jamiesons best known Postmistress, she succeeded her Aunt Glady Wray in 1954, and held the position for 30 years until her retirement in 1984.
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