The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria

The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria (HM1C8F)

Location: Echuca, Victoria 3564
Country: Australia
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S 36° 7.343', E 144° 44.831'

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This Establishment Built About 1878 Is The Only Classified Brothel in Victoria

The house consists of 3 small rooms on each floor, the upper rooms being reached by a staircase leading into a sheltered lane running off Little Hopwood street, making it possible for even the most respectable citizen to visit the scarlet ladies undetected.

After the nearby Murray Hotel was built in 1879, the Brothel was run in conjunction with the pub and became known for its ?honky tonk' dancing and immorality.

In 1897 the licencing court met to reduce by 20 the number of hotels in Echuca - then about 80. The licensee of the Murray Hotel, in defending herself against hints of immorality, said hers was a respectable establishment and gave the following details...

Her patrons were "wharf hands, Tradesmen and working men generally"; there was no "high kicking" on her premises, though she did employ pianists - 8 girls in 8 months; she had no knowledge of a girl called Flocker Liz... The licensing court was evidently not convinced and the Hotel's licence was cancelled in November 1897.

The former Murray Hotel is the 2 storey brick building still standing on the esplanade just south of here. (It was) used as the Bank of Victoria in the TV series "All the Rivers Run."

This area is the hub of early Echuca. Henry Hopwood, founder of the town, built his first Slab Inn nearby. His Prefabricated Iron Store, Butchery and Bakery were close to this site...
HM NumberHM1C8F
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBusiness Center
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Placed ByShire Of Campaspe Heritage Advisory Committee
Marker Condition
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 12:20pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] N0W0RRIES  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)55H E 297257 N 6000126
Decimal Degrees-36.12238333, 144.74718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesS 36° 7.343', E 144° 44.831'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 7' 20.5800" S, 144° 44' 49.8600" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near LOT 1 Little Hopwood St, Echuca Victoria 3564, AU
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I Saw The Marker

Visited whilst spending a week in Echuca.

Jul 17, 2023 at 1:57am PDT by n0w0rries

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