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Posted on 02/01/2014


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The Verandah of the Seven Creeks Hotel - corner of Tarcombe and Foy Streets, Euroa

The Verandah of the Seven Creeks Hotel - corner of Tarcombe and Foy Streets, Euroa
The Seven Creeks Hotel may be found on the corner of Tarcombe and Foy Streets Euroa. Mr. John DeBoos (1819 – 1898) was an Englishman who migrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne. There he worked for the Argus Newspaper. Then in 1853, Mr. DeBoos moved his wife Mary (1817 – 1917) and their family to the north-eastern town of Euroa, and he commenced a general store in a tent on the corner the Seven Creeks Hotel occupies today, taking advantage of the road to Sydney which was busy with traffic passing through to the Ovens diggings. At length, in the early 1860s, Mr. DeBoos built a single storey brick hotel on the site.

The bar of the Seven Creeks Hotel is part of the original building built by Mr. DeBoos. In 1870, a flood put six feet of water through the hotel. A second storey facing Foy street was added in 1910 and later on, extensions were made facing Tarcombe street.

The Seven Creeks Hotel is an example of Victorian Filigree architecture. With the commencement of mass-production of quality decorative cast iron decoration there was a sudden craze for cast iron fretwork to adorn the houses of those who could afford it. Australian architecture prior to this period had always featured long and wide verandahs to help keep houses cool and protect the inhabitants of these houses and their belongings from the harsh Australian sun. Therefore the Victorian Filigree architectural movement was simply an extension and embellishment of the verandah tradition. Ornately ornamented verandahs that stood out like decorative layer cakes from their buildings suddenly became all the rage. The Seven Creeks Hotel is a prime example of this, with both a ground floor and first storey return balcony of grand proportions featuring elegant cast iron lacework. The stone building also has featured of its 1910 redecoration including some beautiful stained glass windows featuring gilt Art Nouveau lettering.

Euroa is a small town in the Shire of Strathbogie in the north-east of Victoria, at the foot of the Strathbogie Ranges. Euroa’s claim to fame is that the National Bank was robbed by bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang in 1878. Much of the region’s wealth once came from sheep, but now is more from the breeding of horses. Euroa is a pretty little town which thrives on the tourist industry created by the legend of Ned Kelly and his gang of bushrangers, and Euroa in the Twenty-First Century has made itself into the “village by the ranges”.

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