Here is a peek at a portion of our article in the August Dayboro Grapevine. Visitors to “Dayboro Cottage” often ask about the “old hotel” at the top of the hill and are advised that it is the “new hotel” built about 1913 adjacent to the original hotel and store. The old furphy that the original hotel burnt down gets mentioned from time to time. It just won’t go away.
This photograph was taken about 1921 from the hill behind the hotel and both hotel buildings can be clearly seen some 8 years after the “new hotel” had been built. The signage on the original Vellnagel’s store across the street says it is The London Bank of Australia Limited. The London Bank of Australia Limited merged with the E.S. & A. Bank Limited on 21st May 1921. As they were the two banks in Dayboro one of them had to close. There are nappies on the clothesline behind Charlie Thorpe’s shop. His youngest child Eunice was born on 19th February 1921. There is a train at the railway station. The railway opened on 25th September 1920. The roof of the Silverwood Store can also be seen. That store and the adjacent residence were destroyed by fire on 26th May 1924. These are some of the reasons for dating the photograph 1921.