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THE CUMBERLAND HOTEL (a.k.a. the Smeaton Pub)





SMEATON in the centre of the  Creswick-Clunes-Campbelltown-Daylesford diamond, was settled in 1838 by Captain John Hepburn after he’d seen it on an expedition two years earlier. In the early days the quality of the volcanic soil and therefore the crops, gave Smeaton (particularly the Hepburns) agricultural fame and fortune. The growing township became a stopping-off place on the Cobb & Co line between Ballarat and Castlemaine, servicing settlers and travellers.
And then gold was discovered in the area.

When the Smeaton goldfields were at their most productive, there were seven thriving hotels in Smeaton, two bakeries, two banks, hardware shops, milliners, blacksmiths, a saddlery, haberdashers, and many other shops and businesses. In 1865 alone there were 96 applications for a Smeaton Rural Store Licence.

The last surviving businesses, the general store/post office, the butcher, the mechanic, had all closed long before the end of the 20th Century.

All that remains today of Smeaton’s ‘central business district’ is ‘The Cumberland’ hotel, built in 1860, which celebrated it’s 150th anniversary in 2010.

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Click on REAL ESTATE in SMEATON to look at farming and residential properties in Smeaton Victoria.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Keir Reeves permalink
    January 30, 2015 9:04 pm

    Terrific web page. Thanks for the “then and now” photos.

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