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Dean from the Beechworth Ice Creamery found an original copy of the Ovens Directory from 1857, and while I was getting a chocolate milkshake, he let me photograph it. So if you’d like to know the ‘who, what and where’ of businesses in Beechworth 159 years ago (doesn’t everyone?!), here it is…

In fact, the Ovens Directory of 1857 falls a little outside of the scope of this blog (i.e.: the gold rush of 1852-53). But it’s such a charming document, it seems wrong not to post some of it here. In this post, I’ve included only the pages relating to Beechworth businesses in the immediate township, including those ‘beyond the bridge’. I will put the businesses of the Woolshed Valley and Eldorado in a separate post.

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The cover of the Ovens Directory, 1857.

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I have removed several pages here relating to the Woolshed, so I can move straight onto Beechworth (Beyond the Bridge).

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