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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Institutions crumble

Two  Wimmera institutions crumbled and were reduced to rumble this week.
The Church of Christ before demolition begins
Firstly the Horsham Church of Christ building. The church has stood on the corner of Firebrace and Urquhart Streets since 1918, and over the past fortnight has slowly been demolished. Watched and mourned by many as another Horsham heritage building succumbed to the reactive soils and progress. 
The building with its square tiers, mock buttresses and tiled roof was extended in 1957, but was considered no longer suitable for the congregation and will move to River Road. The old site will become a child care centre and townhouses.
Going...the tiles removed
Going...the rear extension gone

Further north in Warracknabeal the old hospital building is being torn apart as some of the buildings make way for the new Rural Northwest Health redevelopment.
The Warracknabeal Hospital
More than $10 million will be spent to build a new acute care and community care area, and refurbishment of the Landt & Banksia sections.The hospital opened in March 1891, and has steadily grown since.


  1. Dear Bibliophile (I couldn't find how to address you)
    I was fascinated by your blog which I have just discovered today. I have recently published a book of short stories based in and around the area you describe, though I have changed many of the names.
    My interest in the area stems from my father who spent time there as a child and back in the late 60s/early 70s I visited that area many times, driving around the back roads and into the towns.
    I tried to attach a copy of one of my short stories, but don't seem to be able to. I can still send it if you are able to provide an email address.
    If you'd like to check me out on you should be able to see my book. I would be happy to send you a pdf as I will be reading your site on the Wimmera.

    Kind Regards

    Jan Merry

  2. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for your comments.
    Yes, the library has a copy of your "Place of many birds"

  3. Disappointing to great great grandfather William Candy was hospital secretary for over 30 years.

  4. Then your G-G-Grandfather would be the author of the stories in "Reminiscences of the early Mallee and Wimmera" published back in 1928.