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Shire Office

Longfield Street, Stawell

Shire Office, Stawell
Built 1866
The Foundation Stone was laid in 1866. The first building consisted of the two front rooms only - these rooms were 18 feet square with the entrance hall between - built at a cost of 502. In 1873, the Council Chamber was added plus a strong room. These additions exactly matched the first two front rooms.

This building served until 1958 - eighty odd years - when it was very inadequate and in disrepair. Reconstruction and extension plans were drawn up by the late Mr. N. Cottman as the Shire Engineer in 1962. This work cost 17,000 over three years. The Shire had plans to build new Offices behind the present building and to preserve the existing old building rooms as Meeting Rooms, etc.

Since "Local Government" amalgamations in 1995, this building is now used as the Stawell and Grampians Tourism Information Centre.

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