|Another coffee bakery, nice and warm in the sun, great coffee|
|The old mixing with the new|
From here we took the Beechworth Wodonga Road to Beechworth. We had hoped to have a coffee on the way but couldn't find a suitable coffee shop - just as well as Beechworth has a well know bakery and coffee shop, so that was the first stop on arriving in the town. Was a very busy spot however managed to find a table on the balcony over looking the street with live Jass music being played, you don't get this at too many bakeries!!
|Not quite Abbey Road|
|Bank of Victoria with PO in background, note some of the cobblestone road.|
Beechworth was established and grew after gold was discovered in 1852 at Spring Creek. As with many early gold mining towns the wealth from the gold rush built Beechworth with a population exceeding 10,000 at its peek. Today with lots of pubs and many restaurants to satisfy the tourists appetite, Beechworth is known as a historic and cultural precinct. The weather certainly brought out the crowds and the streets full of cars and people enjoying everything Beechworth had to offer.
|Beechworth Court House building|
|Not quite the judge and jury|
|That's not Ned but is where he sat in 1880|
We walked the streets in ore of the buildings most built in the mid 1800's. The Court House was one which we decided to take a closer look and opted to pay the entrance fee . The Court House was built in 1858 from local honey coloured granite. The court room lays clam to having Ned Kelly tried in 1871 for a Horse Receiving charge, other members of the Kelly gang also appeared in this court. It was great to walk through and sit at the original settings within the court house - some of which activated a voice recorder re-inacting past hearings.
Next to the court house was the telegraph station, Briony sent a telegram to Todd for $2.00, which had not arrived 5 days later!! While chatting to the telephonist?? he mentioned the railway station and said to have a look in the back room where they had a model railway station which was a replica of the old Beechworth Station. As the line was a spur line, it was remove and only a couple of building still exist which are in need of restoration so the model was all the enthusiasts could provide. Sorry no piccies.