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On this day …….. 4th May 1853

On this day in 1853, the first Beechworth Post Office opened.  Of course the building that stands today is not the original.  The first was a makeshift affair, of wooden construction, bearing the name Spring Creek Post Office, Ovens Goldfields. Two months later, the name would change to Beechworth and be declared a town. In the first 6 months, up to 500 unclaimed letters,were waited to be collected by mines arriving on the diggings.

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd March 1867

On this day in 1867, one of the biggest town fires in North East Victoria began in Beechworth. The fire started in the stables of the Empire Hotel in Camp St. Before the fire had burnt itself out, seven buildings were destroyed, four severely damaged, and between £11,000 and £12,000 of property lost. Buildings of wood, canvas and bark went up in seconds. Only buildings of brick and granite offered resistance. The fire brigade was unable to help, as there was a blockage in the town water supply. Little could be done against the raging inferno which spread with surprising rapidity. From the time the fire bell range at 11:15pm until midnight, the fire had swept right along Camp St, and the post office clock was striking midnight surrounded by a sea of flames. Miraculously there was no loss of human life, how ever one horse died.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1975

Geoffrey Leonard Hooper aged 26, was charged with having murdered Mrs Wendy Elizabeth Spicer aged 19, of West Footscray, who was stabbed in the back while waiting for a taxi at South Yarra Post Office on Christmas Day 1975. Hooper alleged to have told police he “put two and two together” and knew he had killed a woman. Hooper had said he heard on the radio that someone had been killed and that he had seen “a couple of thing in the paper about it”. He had read, the description “and it sounded like, me and I remembered the blood on the knife and I put two and two together. I knew it was me”. Mr Galbally, Lawyer said that Mr Hooper had been “under specialised medical, treatment”.

 

On this day …….. 4th May 1853

On this day in 1853, the first Beechworth Post Office opened.  Of course the building that stands today is not the original.  The first was a makeshift affair, of wooden construction, bearing the name Spring Creek Post Office, Ovens Goldfields. Two months later, the name would change to Beechworth and be declared a town. In the first 6 months, up to 500 unclaimed letters,were waited to be collected by mines arriving on the diggings.

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd March 1867

On this day in 1867, one of the biggest town fires in North East Victoria began in Beechworth. The fire started in the stables of the Empire Hotel in Camp St. Before the fire had burnt itself out, seven buildings were destroyed, four severely damaged, and between £11,000 and £12,000 of property lost. Buildings of wood, canvas and bark went up in seconds. Only buildings of brick and granite offered resistance. The fire brigade was unable to help, as there was a blockage in the town water supply. Little could be done against the raging inferno which spread with surprising rapidity. From the time the fire bell range at 11:15pm until midnight, the fire had swept right along Camp St, and the post office clock was striking midnight surrounded by a sea of flames. Miraculously there was no loss of human life, how ever one horse died.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 25, 1975

Geoffrey Leonard Hooper aged 26, was charged with having murdered Mrs Wendy Elizabeth Spicer aged 19, of West Footscray, who was stabbed in the back while waiting for a taxi at South Yarra Post Office on Christmas Day 1975. Hooper alleged to have told police he “put two and two together” and knew he had killed a woman. Hooper had said he heard on the radio that someone had been killed and that he had seen “a couple of thing in the paper about it”. He had read, the description “and it sounded like, me and I remembered the blood on the knife and I put two and two together. I knew it was me”. Mr Galbally, Lawyer said that Mr Hooper had been “under specialised medical, treatment”.