The Chiltern Walk

Chiltern has a tranquil atmosphere and life proceeds at a leisurely pace. The town's heritage is yours to explore, with many buildings retaining their historic integrity. Some 21 buildings are registered or owned by the National Trust.

The Chiltern Walk is concentrated on the two main streets in Chiltern - Conness and Main - but also takes in the park, lake and train station. Allow 90 minutes to see all 20 points of interest.

 

  • 1. Bank of New South Wales

    This building, the third bank premises on the site, was erected in 1935. The cost of the building was 3,000 pounds.

  • 2. Dow's Pharmacy

    A medical dispensary was established at this site in 1859. The present building was erected in 1868 and was maintained as a pharmacy until 1969. The building is now owned by the National Trust with the exterior retained in its original condition.

  • 3. Bank of Australasia

    Constructed in 1877-79, it ceased operation in 1943.

  • 4. Chiltern Garage

    Built in 1920, as Wain & Hyland Blacksmiths. Formerly Gray's Garage.

  • 5. Council Club Hotel

    This double story building was erected in 1870 by James Wilson. In 1890 he purchased Hancock's Drapery over the lane and added this to the hotel. It was delicensed in 1941.

  • 6. Gilmour's Corner Store

    This building was erected by John Gilmour in 1890, replacing some of the last of Chiltern's bark-roofed shops. It continued to trade as a grocery store well into the 20th century.

    Turn left into Main Street

  • 7. Linden

    "Linden" was erected in 1890 by David McEwen, a pharmacist. This was the birthplace of his son John, who went on to become Prime Minister of Australia.

  • 8. Masonic Hall

    Built on land set aside as the Police Reserve. Opened 1903 and closed in 2003. Currently Elvery Gallery and Hub 62.

  • 9. The Courthouse

    The Courthouse was erected in 1865 using a standard Public Works Department Plan. It was used as a courthouse until the 1970s and then as the Council Chambers and Meeting Rooms.

  • 10. Post Office

    Erected in 1863, the Post Office was the first of the government buildings in Chiltern. The front projection was added in 1900.

  • 11. Police lock-up and residence

    The lock-up was built by the Public Works Department in 1873 and the residence two years later. If only the walls could tell the stories they witnessed!

  • 12. Star Hotel and Theater

    Built in 1866, the building, along with the theatre and adjoining billiard saloon, provide a rare example of the extensive leisure facilities of the gold rush towns. In the courtyard grows a grapevine planted in 1867, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Today operates as The Vine restaurant.

    Turn left into Conness Street

  • 13. Chiltern Athenaeum Museum

    Erected in 1866 as the Library, Council Chambers and Town Hall. The Council moved to the office in Main Street in 1937 and the library was relocated in 1970. The museum also contains the works of pioneer and artist Alfred William Eustace.

  • 14. Bellfield

    Andrew Kilgour built this residence opposite his blacksmith foundry in the 1870s. At the time it was known as the most handsome house in Chiltern. Later it became the Chiltern Private Hospital.

  • 15. Kilgour's Blacksmith and Implement Factory

    From 1860 to 1910 when Chiltern was a busy mining town, there were at least four foundries in town creating mining tools and implements. With the decline of mining, foundries moved to making agricultural equipment.

  • 16. Lake Anderson

    Created from the subsidence of Alliance Gold Mining operations. It is an ideal place for a picnic and has a wildlife and bird refuge.

  • 17. Lake View

    Owned by the National Trust, the house is the childhood home of authoress Ethel Florence Richardson, who wrote under the pseudonym of Henry Handel Richardson. Her most famous novel, The Getting of Wisdom was first published in 1910 and was made into a movie by Bruce Beresford in 1977.

  • 18. Railway Station 1875

    The station complex, including the goods shed, was built in the best public works tradition. The verandah features distinctive cast-iron drinking fountains on its posts. Be careful near the railway tracks.

    Back to the town centre via Lake Anderson

  • 19. Parkland

    Take in the quiet beauty of Chiltern's parks. Features throughout the area include the fountain, mature trees, and the mullock heap - the only remnant of the town's Alliance Gold Mine.

  • 20. Federal Standard Office

    The Federal Standard newspaper was established in 1859 and the building still contains the old printing press and ancillary equipment. Owned by the National Trust.

    The Chiltern Walk guide is also available from the visitor information centre at 30 Main Street.