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Free Self Guided Mornington Historic Walk

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published March 21st 2013
There is more to Mornington than coffee shops


Mornington is well renowned as a seaside tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, great cafes and restaurants.

Mornington also has great history that goes under the radar, even myself as a life long resident of the Mornington Peninsula, having not noticed most of the historic buildings in Mornington until I discovered the self guided walk brochure at the Information Centre. I must admit I did get a few giggles on my 'tour of Mornington' as I am in town daily, some people found it amusing that I would need a map!

Mornington was originally known as Schnapper Point and renamed Mornington in 1864. It began to develop as a seaside resort in 1880, with the arrival of the railway in 1889 further helping development.



I started at the oldest public building, The Court House, built by William Vaughan in 1860. Surprisingly the court house remained active with Petty Sessions until 1988 and now houses the information centre.



At the rear of the court house is The Lock - Up, which was declared a gaol in 1862 but discontinued as such in 1882. Subsequently it was used for holding people during court sessions and drunks overnight.



The Old Post Office opposite the court house, was designed by William Wardell in Palladian Italian Renaissance style. The mail arrived by boat from Melbourne and was taken from the jetty by horse and cart to the "Telegraph Office." The locals knew what time it arrived and used the occasion to meet and talk to other townsfolk.




The old State Savings Bank, completed in 1912 and built in Swiss Chalet Style by J.C Caldwell. The old bank still retains some of its original interior features.



Mechanics Institute and RSL Memorial Hall opened on New Year's Eve with a Gala Ball in 1885. The building comprised of a public library and reading room, a large hall for up to 300 people and over the following 70 years was used for dances, public meetings, electioneering, concerts and galas.
In 1962 it was absorbed into the Shire offices.



Males Butchery now La Porchetta, still retains some of the original features of the double story building. which is over 100 years old.

The Males family had the business for 50 years. At the time there were stables at the rear of the butchery that housed the horses and carts used for meat deliveries.

The Grand Hotel was built around 1892 as The Grand Coffee Palace, in 1893 shortly after opening it obtained a liquor licence obtained from the Cricketer's Arms Hotel next door.

It was built by prominent architect William Pitt, who designed the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne.

There are 10 sites to visit on the walking tour of Mornington with maps available from the Information Centre.



You will find places of interest in Mornington will have an information board like the one pictured above.


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Why? Discover the history of Mornington
When: All year round
Where: Main St Mornington
Cost: Free
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nice pics and informative article
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