“Weroona” is a house in Camp Crescent, Castlemaine. My parents lived there for a short while after their marriage in 1929 and I have also found it mentioned in newspapers.
There are not many houses in Camp Crescent but in the past there have been many newspaper references to people who lived there. Mrs Reid who lived there in 1898 was one of these, though not necessarily in Weroona, but there is no voter of the name Reid five years later in the Electoral Roll.
Then in 1913 Weroona is mentioned by the versatile teacher Robert George.
Unfortunately Mr. Robt. George does not appear in the Electoral Roll for Castlemaine.
In the Electoral Rolls Elizabeth is consistently listed as a Stationer of Mostyn St. Why was she at Weroona when she died. At that stage could it have been some kind of small Nursing Home
Some facts –
- The house “Weroona” existed as evidenced in newspaper reports.
- A 1929 family album photo of my mother and her sister-in-law sitting on a verandah with distinctive railings.
- A photo on the same day of my father, Charles Fricke, with his sister Enid, presumably at the same house with similar railings.
- A more recent view of the rear of the Old Castlemaine Court House with similar railings. This building is in Goldsmith Crescent which is the continuation of Camp Crescent.
So – comments and questions –
- In 1929 my parents living at Weroona in Camp Crescent, which bears a uncanny resemblance to the Old Court House in nearby Goldsmith Crescent
- Were the first two photos taken at Weroona or the Old Court House ?
- In the second picture there appear to be six or seven steps to get to verandah level whereas in the Court House photo there appear to be four or five steps.
- In the second photo there is a shield shaped cover at the centre of each of the criss-crosses which are not on the Court House photo. Surely in restoration work of the Old Court House they would replicate the old style.
- In the centre photo there are single “criss-crosses” between verandah posts whereas in the Court House photo there appear to be two “criss-crosses” between verandah posts.
- Weroona is the house where the newly married couple were tin kettled a few days after returning from their honeymoon. ( For an explanation of tin kettling see tin kettlins. )
I am now fairly sure they are two different houses – Weroona and the Court House -and it wasn’t a case of going for an afternoon stroll to visit the Old Court House and take photos.
Somewhere out there if I had the access are the answesr to these questions. But thanks to Trove I now know tha “Weroona” definitely existed.