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    SHOWCASE: Victoria Hotel manager John Jubilo, left, and publican Mark Fitterer showcase historic photos in the hotel’s walkway. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

A history in pictures – Horsham's Victoria Hotel still standing

Horsham’s Victoria Hotel now boasts a photo gallery in its thoroughfare from car park to bar, highlighting the hotel’s 149-year history. 

Hotel manager John Jubilo said he had seen historical images of other Horsham landmarks and began making inquiries into finding photographs of the Victoria Hotel.

“I ended up at the historical society where they showed me quite a few photos,” he said.

“I told them I’d buy the whole lot.”

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A total of 15 frames detail the hotel’s former sites, buildings and publicans. 

The original wooden structure was known as the Western Hotel and was on Wilson Street, renamed the Cricketers Arms Hotel in 1876, then was briefly known as the Western Hotel again in 1879.

It was moved to its current site in 1879 and renamed the Victoria Hotel, making the most of opportunities offered by the newly-established railway line. 

About 44 publicans have shaped the hotel since 1875. 

“Knowing where we came from helps us to know where we are going to go,” Mr Jubilo said.

“We’ve had a lot of people enjoying the photos and reminiscing about some of the people and events that have happened here.”

The hotel’s current brick structure was built in 1924, with some minor alterations taking place since. 

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