Chigwell History Project

Berriedale Inn

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Berriedale Inn

Berriedale

The Berriedale Inn, a two-storey stuccoed Victorian Georgian hotel building, was built on 60 acres of land originally granted to George Woods. The first licensee was William Wilson in 1833-34. It was a coaching inn, fulfilling the need for coach stops on the trip between Hobart and Launceston.

In Glenorchy’s early days there were many hotels, “some were just sleazy beer shops, some were coaching inns, or run in conjunction with a ferry and others were very grand establishments.” [1]

The Berriedale Inn operated as a hotel for 139 years with many different proprietors over that time.  During its colourful history it was the scene for steeplechases, plough competitions, and shooting matches well into the 1900s.

Mrs Mason took over the license between 1863-69 after her husband died.  Bushranger Martin Cash became a well-known resident of Montrose during this period.  In 1866 while Cash was passing the Inn, Mrs Mason called to him and asked him if he remembered her, but he could not recall.  She then stated that at one of his robberies, he remarked that ‘she was the gamest woman in the Colony’.  This reminded Cash that he said this to a young lady at Mr Clarks at Tea Tree, ‘when me mate and me borrowed some money from that gentleman’.

The Berriedale Inn closed its doors in 1972.  It is now owned by Glenorchy City Council and is the home of the Glenorchy Volunteer Centre and the Glenorchy City Concert Brass Band.

The Sum Of The Parts

As part of the From Barns to Bank Homes – Chigwell History Project (2005 & 2007), a group of grade 3/4 students from Mt Faulkner Primary School learnt about the history of significant buildings in the Chigwell area; Chigwell House, Chigwell Barn, Lowes Bridge, Berriedale Inn and Lowestoft. The students photographed each of these buildings and their environs in order to build a picture of the details and parts that make up the ‘whole’, thereby creating a contemporary pictorial history. Photographers: Laura Telega, Tempany Jarvis, Andrew Holzinger, Noah Thorn, Danielle Stokes.

[1] Alison Alexander, Glenorchy 1804 – 1964, Glenorchy, 1986