During the intoxicating days of gold rush in Victoria, the digger claimed that the location of the 2.5-pound nugget came to him in a dream.
There were wild rumors that nuggets weighing up to 18 kg had been found in the Saint-Arno region, and thousands of people rushed to its hills, ravines and streams in hopes of changing their destiny.
The small town in the Northern Grampians has been described by some as “a golden city with a golden future.”
That era, recorded by local historians, still shines on the main street of the city more than 150 years later.
Napier Street with its two-story pubs, richly decorated iron verandas and original post office, courthouse and fire station will be celebrated as part of Australia’s Main Streets Week.
The national movement this week encourages cities to support local business while recognizing the important social function of main streets.
“The very essence of most people is that they want to belong,” AAP spokeswoman Ali Price told AAP.
“If we no longer have the main streets and city centers, the sense of belonging will disappear, this connection will disappear.”
Many cities participating in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria will showcase their heritage.
About 100 kilometers west of Saint-Arno, Horsham’s theme is “What was and what is”, telling the story of the Wimmera coffee house, which is now a nightclub.
During its construction in 1918, The Horsham Times described it as a “wonderful addition to the city,” with Queensland maple cladding and a spacious porch.
Architect Balarat and heritage consultant Wendy Jacobs says preserving the historic main streets is both atmospheric and practical.
“It’s a sense of place, a sense of identity, that it’s a home,” she said.
“Then there’s tourism, people love to go back in time and see it. And verandas are useful. They are shady in summer and not rainy in winter. ”
Major street businesses can also turn to history to improve trade, says New Wales heritage consultant David Scoby.
“David Jones, the Grace Brothers and Mayer taught separators.
“Today you are lucky if you see something in the window. I speak like an old British sitcom, but we have lost a generation of skilled and trained people. ”
He says lighting, outdoor furniture and murals enliven tired main streets, and one unique store can bring about change.
“It’s getting bigger than a coffee shop, bigger than a dress,” Mr. Scobie says.
“Everyone meets there and talks about everything.”
During the week, the participating cities turn their main streets into living art spaces, open libraries and markets.
Ms. Price hopes this reminds people to gather in city centers, especially after pandemic periods.
“The main streets are really the heart of society,” she said.