The Lake Bank Hotel
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Na'wal
S 38° 02.034 E 144° 23.650
55H E 271301 N 5787218
Quick Description: The Lara Museum and Historical Centre occupies the site that was originally established as the Lake Bank Hotel circa 1860
Location: Victoria, Australia
Date Posted: 4/21/2015 2:34:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQRF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MikeGolfJ3
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Long Description:
One of Lara’s oldest historic buildings, The Lake Bank Hotel, is Lara’s only surviving 19th century hotel. It was constructed for Scottish immigrant James Henderson and operated as a licensed hotel until 1908. The distinctive limestone buildings were home to five generations of Mr Henderson’s family until purchased by Mr Bisinella in 2010.

Two long-time Lara residents and friends, Ian Board and Les Kelly, had long held a desire to establish a Museum in Lara, and that desire was increased after they were involved in organising a remembrance day in January 2009 for the 40th anniversary of the disastrous 1969 Lara Bush Fires. However they struggled to find a suitable building to bring the dream to life.

When they learnt that Mr Bisinella had purchased the Lake Bank Hotel they approached him about the possibility of using the historic buildings as a community museum. He enthusiastically agreed and embarked on the major restoration project that again made the old hotel ready for public use.

A community organisation, The Lara Heritage and Historical Inc, was incorporated on 12 January 2012, and it’s volunteer members run the museum, organise exhibits and maintain the grounds.

The restored buildings were officially opened on 18 April, 2013, and a Gala Public Open Day and Street Carnival held the following Sunday.
Since then memorabilia and items of historic interest have continued to be loaned or donated to the Museum, bringing local history to life in the ideal setting of the old limestone buildings.
Theme:
Cultural History


Street Address:
110 – 120 Forest Road South (cnr. Forest Road South & Canterbury Road Lara).


Food Court: yes

Gift Shop: no

Hours of Operation:
11.00am to 4.00pm Wednesdays and Sundays


Cost: 5.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Small

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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