Historic Clunes post office a golden opportunity

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The circa-1879 Clunes post office built in Italianate style.

Strike gold with this rare opportunity at the core of Clunes’ history and culture.

Built to Italianate Renaissance palazzo style in 1879, the Clunes Post and Telegraph Office at 102 Bailey St serves as a reminder of goldfields prosperity of the era.

More recently in use as a residence, library and attraction during the annual Booktown Festival, the 1147sq m site is on the market with an asking price of $900,000-$950,000.

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The grand corner block has an asking price of $900,000-$950,000.

McGrath Ballarat agent Jacqui Sfetcopoulos said the property had garnered attention from locals and Melbourne residents.

“You are buying a piece of gold rush history,” Ms Sfetcopoulos said. “Clunes was the first place to discover gold.”

Recognised as the state’s first location where the rich metal was discovered, after samples were mined in mid-1851, Clunes heralded the beginning of the gold rush.

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A grand hallway in the old post office.

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The site is a library that gets visited during the Booktown Festival.

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It’s a blank canvas for a buyer with vision.

Rapid expansion saw the 1861-built post office replaced less than two decades later by the two-storey building, costing £4378 to build.

Ms Sfetcopoulos said the buyer would be required to carry out works to restore the property to its former glory.

“There’s some maintenance that needs to be done to bring it back up, but someone who has the vision and energy to do it can turn it into whatever they want it to be,” she said.

“It’s beautiful; it still has the original post office windows.”

Ms Sfetcopoulos said the site would suit a restaurant, B&B or a large family home.

The property last changed hands to a Box Hill family for $185,000 in 1990, according to CoreLogic records.

It is for sale by tender, closing April 2.

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One of the property’s bedrooms.

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