What’s happening with Heidelberg Historical Society?
The management committee has decided to begin re-opening the museum in three stages.
Stage 1: Return of weekday volunteers:
Starting from 1 July 2020 (subject to government advice), it will be possible for weekday volunteers to return to work. However, only those who have made prior arrangements will be at the museum and for the moment, no visitors will be allowed.
Stage 2: Re-opening of the museum and research room on Sundays:
Our July committee meeting will focus on plans needed for allowing timed visits (especially in the research room) by the public. As to when we open will depend on the availability of our Sunday volunteers.
Stage 3: Speaker Program:
At this stage, the program remains on hold.
We thank our members for their patience and understanding.
Members are encouraged to use the online resources available at this website for research, and for news about further developments.
As well as our photographs and maps, the Members section contains links to all 317 of our Heidelberg Historian newsletters. Material will be added to the blog and our Facebook page from time to time.
If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form
which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.
Posted on Sunday, 7th June 2020 by Janine Rizzetti
from our Facebook page dated 5 June 2020
Advertising itself in 1903 as “the Favourite Road Side House of Call”, the Alphington Hotel stood on the site of the current Dan Murphy’s from 1861 to c.1985.
When you rush along Heidelberg Road today, it’s easy to overlook that there was a little cluster of development on the southern (city) side of Darebin Creek bridge, with 2 pubs, a church and shops.
This picture taken after 1916 shows the Alphington Hotel on the left hand side, with the Alphington Methodist church beside it. I wonder how the Methodists felt about their neighbours, given that they were there first from 1856, building the bluestone church in 1859?
Further down Heidelberg Road can be seen the Tower Hotel, built in 1891, replacing the earlier Half-Way Hotel on the site.
Even though women didn’t venture into the public bar of a pub (staying instead in the Ladies Lounge), it was quite common to have a female publican. In fact, in the late 1800s and early 20th century, over 50% of publicans were women. Not only did they have more authority over male drinkers, but until the 1960s publicans were required to live on site, making the pub a family home for the publican and his/her family. If you’re interested in learning more about female publicans, listen to this Radio National segment from October 2014Pouring a beer and dishing out advice
Of the 26 known publicans of the Alphington Hotel, at least ten were women, with Abigail Foulkes holding the licence for 28 years between 1874 and 1902. Between 1910-1929 there were seven female publicans, including Ellen Ryan (of Ryans Hotel in Ivanhoe).
In the mid 1960s, Ted Overs took up the licence and began purchasing surrounding properties. By 1971 the pub, which had previously only had two small bars and a small lounge had expanded dramatically. It had a large drive-in bottleshop, an expanded lounge capable of seating 180 people, car parking for 240 patrons and a TV and sports bar.
In 1985 the property was purchased by Dan Murphy, and the 124 year old Alphington Hotel was demolished to create the large liquor store standing there today.