Victor Szwed

This is the second in a series of articles to encourage you to explore our region and our amazing Shire.

Photos of objects, buildings, sculptures and scenery will be presented to challenge your knowledge, provoke your interest and encourage you to explore our Shire. In some cases clues will be given to assist you. Answers will be provided the following week.

In future articles, we will visit other parts of our Shire. Why not travel around our Shire and explore? Have you been through Yandoit, Kingston and Spring Hill? Do you know where Kooroocheang, Mollongghip and Smokeytown are?

Firstly, answers to last week’s photo quiz:

Photo 1: Where is it? What is it?


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This Canon is located at the top of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Did you know that Wombat Hill is an extinct volcano cone and was set aside as a public garden in 1862. From 1865 the gardens were developed and extended. Attractions in the gardens include the restored Fernery and water feature which provides a tranquil place to sit and reflect. Take the scenic drive around the gardens or walk around to see the great views. Wombat Hill House is a place to have a meal or coffee with friends. It was originally the Head Gardiner’s residence. The Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens have been promoting and supporting these wonderful gardens since 1995 and you can see more of what they do at They regularly sell plants which they propagate.

Photo 2: What building is this? Clue: Look up in Vincent Street.


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Alpha Hall in Vincent Street, Daylesford, was Built around 1914 as the first silent film theatre in country Victoria (upstairs) . Downstairs has been occupied by the Clayfire Galleries for a number of years.

Photo 3. What building is this? Clue: Spring Creek watering hole.

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The Savoia Hotel in Hepburn was built in 1870 as the Spring Creek Hotel. The Hepburn Mineral Springs Committee met there and lobbied for the protection of Springs resulting in the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve being set aside and protected. Gold mining had interfered with some of the mineral spring aquifers causing springs to stop flowing. Merv Keating ran the Hotel for the past 28 years as a traditional country pub. It was a vital part of the local community with Merv often acting as a social worker. It was truly a place for locals. The Italian Reading Room at the hotel was destroyed in the 1906 bushfire which devastated a large portion of Hepburn Springs including the Belinzona guest house which was again burnt down in 2003 and fortunately rebuilt.

Photo 4. This derelict Shed holds water no more.

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Photo 4: The former hydroelectric shed below Lake Daylesford. Water piped from the Lake generated power for lighting.  A new Master Plan has been adopted by Council for the Central Springs to enhance its use.

And now for this week’s photo quiz:

Photo 5. Clue: Love’s Brother came this way.


Photo 6. Clue: On the highway with Lyn.


Photo 7. Clue: Did the plumber read the plans wrong?


Photo 8. Clue: Photo 7 will lead you there.


Victor Szwed is a Daylesford resident who contributes regular columns to The Wombat Post.