Boot Room
(Barwon Heads Park), Ewing Blyth Drive
 

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The Boot Room was constructed for the Public Works Department in 1888-89, at the time of the extension of the first jetty. The building appears to have  been a river punt   waiting room until the construction of the Barwon Heads bridge. in the  mid 1920s, when it was relocated to the bridge site and used as a service building.walk20d.jpg (9998 bytes) After  the completion of the bridge, it was returned to the jetty where it was used as a dinghy  and other gear store by the commercial fishermen from 1936. At that time, it was  positioned opposite its current location (to the north), being oriented on a north-south axis  (and not east- west as it is currently situated). It also had a verandah projecting from  its southern facade.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the fish was stacked under the  verandah until it was collected by Jack Jennings who carted it to the railway in Geelongwalk20c.jpg (13045 bytes).

 


The small, single storey, horizontal weatherboard, Victorian vernacular  styled Boot Room is characterised by a simple gable roof form. A fixed, early timber  framed nine-light window is situated on the western gable end, and has a decorative  moulded timber architrave. An early beaded timber door with timber frame is  located on the north facade.walk20e.jpg (17232 bytes)

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