Old Daylesford and Hepburn Springs
Newspaper Articles

These old newspaper reports about Daylesford and Hepburn Springs are mostly from the 'Argus' which was printed in Melbourne.

The articles are about 80 to 90 years old, they show how important tourism and the mineral springs were many years ago.

Monday 24 November 1924 The Argus

The Spring Park committee in view of the increased demand for mineral baths at Hepburn springs, has decided to open the baths from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on week days, and from 6 a.m. to 12 noon on Sundays.

Monday 30 March 1925 - The Argus

Harry Dwan, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Dwan, Kidd's Gully, sustained a broken arm through a motor tyre falling on it.

Mr. G. Allan, landscape gardener to the Victorian Railways, visited Daylesford and inspected various resorts. Has made recommendations for further beautification of Hepburn Springs, Jubilee Lake, and Hard Hills Springs.

Thursday 21 May 1925 The Argus

At a meeting it was decided to reform the Daylesford Golf Club and make slight alterations to the fees and greens on the links at Victoria Park.

Friday 5 June 1925

The Minister for Lands (Mr. Downward), the secretary for Lands (Mr. Peverill), and Messrs. Jewell and McDonald, M.L.A.'s, paid an official visit to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. Members of the Hepburn Springs Park committee and the Glenlyon Shire Council pointed out the benefits that would accrue from the nationalisation of the springs.

The Minister stated that it was a matter for the consideration of the Railways Commissioners, and not the Lands department. It was arranged to have two blocks of Crown lands added to the springs reserve. In the afternoon the mayor (Councillor Weir) and Daylesford borough councillors, accompanied the visitors to the site of the proposed central lake, which is practically in the centre of Daylesford. A promise was made to do all possible in a practical way to have the lake constructed.

Monday 29 June 1925 The Argus

Potato digging is practically finished in the Coomoora district. Yields are fairly heavy.
Mr. P. Coghlan, of Bullarto, is leaving to take up residence at Cora Lynn, near Drouin. He was entertained by residents, and received several useful presents.

The final meeting of the Mudford relief appeal showed lint £102 had been collected in the Glenlyon shire for a soldier settler who had lost his season's crop by fire.

Monday 31 August 1925

The fishing season for trout will open in Daylesford waters (with the exception of Hepburn reservoir on Tuesday. The streams have been well stocked by the Daylesford Anglers' Club during the last few years.
More than 16,000 trout having been liberated, and good sport should result throughout the season.

Saturday 20 March 1926

Railway officials announced yesterday that the last of the series of cheap Saturday excursions to Daylesford, which have proved very popular with tourists, will be run on March 27. The train leaves Spencer street at 1.45 pm. and stops at Macedon, Woodend, and hence all stations to Daylesford. Which is reached at 5.10 p.m. Returning on Monday morning from Daylesford at 5.55 a.m. the train reaches Melbourne and 9.12 a.m. The cheap excursion fares to Daylesford are 16/11 first class and 11/1 second class. Tickets are available for return within one month.

The Age - Melbourne, Vic. Sat 22 Dec 1928


Guest houses in Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Eganstown have made preparations for a busy Christmas season.

Several large houses were booked up two months ago, but during the last fortnight there was a rush for accommodation in the' smaller houses and for furnished houses and furnished rooms. A good season is assured.

Several hundred visitors have already arrived, the number will be fully booked at 5000, which exceeds the normal population. 

The three primary attractions of Daylesford giving spa waters, the cool summer climate and the beautiful scenery. 

A new factor at the Central springs this season is the camping ground and a new swimming basin has been formed at Wombat Creek. 

Hepburn Springs maintains its popularity. A new kiosk has been erected in the reserve, with four additional baths, making a total of sixteen baths.

Sports will be held here on Boxing day and New Year's day.  At Jubilee Lake boating and fishing can be enjoyed.

The mineral spring at the lake has undergone considerable improvement. The weather is fine and warm, but the nights are delightfully cool.

Friday 22 January 1932

Proposal to Allow Dancing.
Wednesday. - The most discussed topic in Daylesford is the question of Sunday observance. In the last three years Daylesford has followed a definite plan of attracting tourists, and associated with the desire to build up a tourist resort the question of giving tourists every liberty on a Sunday always arises.

Following upon the decision of the council to allow a fishing championship to take place on Lake Daylesford on a Sunday, Councillor H. S. Martyn has given notice of his intention to move at the next meeting of the council that all restrictions on dancing on Sunday at the Central Springs be revoked.

Wednesday 1 February 1933


If Daylesford and Hepburn Springs were in an older and more populous country those twin towns would be internationally famous as a spa and health resort. Some day that renown will come to them. That day will be when the fairy wand of capital is waved over them and the good sprite Publicity comes to their aid and makes them as famous as Bath, Cheltenham, Aix-les-Bains, and a dozen other places in the old world which being fashionable is well is health giving have long figured in legend, song and story.

The 60,000 visitors who now drink yearly of the mineral springs waters of Daylesford and Hepburn are but a handful compared with those who, the more alert towns people believe will come time in the future. The 30 or more springs in the district are being improved and made more attractive as fast as money will allow.

Much has already been done, but much remains to be done. The controlling authorities have ambitious plans, in view for the time when conditions become a little more favourable.

The springs of Daylesford and Hepburn form part of a curious chain of springs, which stretches from Clifton Springs, near Geelong to Vaughan Springs near Castlemaine. But the springs in the Daylesford district contain more mineral and more gas than any of the others, and they have been proved to contain considerable radio activity sufficient indeed to show positive results on a radiograph. In analysis these waters compare more than favourably with those of most celebrated spas in other countries.

They are clear, effervescent, and palatable, and the water from each of the springs differs slightly in flavour. The local authorities claim apparently with some justification - that in many sick persons have obtained relief from drinking the spring waters, but they have no scientific proof, because three is no direct medical interest and so nobody to give certificates.

Individual medical men have shown much in interest in the springs but so far none has done so directly. In an effort to establish that necessary link the borough council recently asked the British Medical Association to interest itself in the springs but the association replied that it was not within its province to do so.

Meanwhile the council is doing what it can to make the springs attractive to visitors, and is living in the hope that a doctor or syndicate of doctors will establish in the neighbourhood a hydropath property equipped and staffed for the treatment of the sick.

The 60,000 visitors who come each year from Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and various towns in the Riverina and places much further afield, ensure that the springs are not neglected. To be in the mode in Daylesford it is necessary it seems to carry a lemonade bottle or two stoppered and dangling by a string tied round the bottle's neck.

The bottle should be tinted red inside by successive deposits of iron from the mineral water. The deeper the shade of red the better the owners claim to be classed among the veteran spa-water drinkers.

The faith of the towns people in the efficacy of their springs is unquenchable. Most of them keep a bottled supply of the water on hand. If that faith could be generally transmitted into practical aid for the benefit of the town Daylesford would be twice is prosperous as it it-which is saying much and the councils achievement in increasing the flow of the springs near the town from 100 gallons to 4000 gallons an hour would be insufficient.

In addition to its numerous springs Daylesford possesses two picturesque lakes delightful and interesting gardens, attractive scenery, and streets in which the gutters are kept clean by streams of ever running water from an inexhaustible supply.

The Wombat Hill gardens are situated on the summit and upper slopes of a hill that rises 300ft above the town (the town is 2040 ft above sea level), and are thickly planted with exotic trees of great variety.

There are brilliant flower beds and from the lawns and shady avenues magnificent views are obtained in all directions. In a different way Jubilee Lake is equally picturesque. it contains 23 acres of water, surrounded by wooded hills and willow shaded banks. It is ideal for boating, picnicking and fishing.

Jubilee Lake is much older than Lake Daylesford which lies on the edge of the town and which was formed only about three years ago by damming the creek above Central, Sutton and Wagga springs. it will soon be as picturesque as its sister lake, and already it his won widespread fames as a fishing resort.

On the occasion of a fishing competition recently nearly 2000 rods were crowded round its banks until the anglers had barely room to move, yet every angler caught at least one fish and most of them a number. This lake is much used by the townspeople for swimming and boating and a springboard for diving has been erected at the end near the dam. Soon its banks like those of the Jubilee Lake will be lined with willows. Already its natural beauty is considerable.

Hepburn Pool Thursday 26 December 1935

Hepburn Springs Carnival - Hepburn Pool
DAYLESFORD Wednesday - At he first annual carnival of the Hepburn Springs Amateur Swimming Club to day R Doak of Geelong West won the country breaststroke championship of Victoria from a strong field.
The race was of 100 yards and Doaks time was 1.20.

The meeting was conducted by officials of the home club and member of the Victorian Amateur Swimming Association A divine exhibition was given by R Masters and B Mitchell of the Melbourne Olympic Club who swam the length of the pool under water. There was a large crowd in spite of the showery weather. The Northcote City Band played.

Results - COUNTRY BOYS HANDICAP 60 yards - L Milesi (Hepburn) N Bond (Geelong)

Monday 6 June 1938 The Argus

Sunday - The remarkable variety of the natural advantages of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs and the health giving properties of the mineral waters were emphasised by representative speakers at a dinner here last night. A concerted campaign to attract tourists was planned.

Thursday 13 October 1938


Cool nights, invigorating air,and day temperatures that rarely exceed 90 degrees make the Daylesford-Hepburn district a delightful summer resort.

More than 100,000 people seeking the mountain beauty of a high spur of the Great Dividing Range, visit the district every year. Numerous beautiful spots are within walking distance, and others provide a pleasant "round trip" by horse or motor-car.

The township of Daylesford is attractively laid out on the slopes of Wombat Hill. From this centre bush roads meander over undulating landscapes to such places as the central springs and to Hepburn, which is only two miles away.

On the summit of Wombat Hill the botanic gardens, where spring flowers are now in bloom, are well planted with a comprehensive collection of beautiful trees. Pine, English ash, blackwood, and all kinds of native trees provide shade on the lawns.

A look-out tower, which will be opened officially by the Governor (Lord Huntingfield) on November 19, has been constructed at the top of the hill, which has been laid out as a car park. Lord Huntingfield will also open the Agricultural Show at Middleton Park. Winding through the gardens there is a quiet horse and car track.

Abundant Water
One of the reasons for the freshness of the district is its abundant water supply, which keeps the foliage green. A shortage of water for human consumption never occurs. The Bullarto reservoir is considered to give one of the best country town supplies in Victoria.

One of the loveliest trips from Daylesford is to the Central Mineral Springs, about three-quarters of a mile from the township, and along a circular track to Tipperary. This is a "round trip" of about three miles. Either in the daytime, when the wealth of wattle trees and wildflowers lends colour to the track, or on a cool, moonlit night, this is an attractive walk.

As the track winds away from the Central Springs it gradually becomes higher and higher, until the creek that runs below it looks like a gleaming ribbon. This is a perfectly safe walk at night, when delicate shadows in the moonlight create an enchanting atmosphere. The track passes through Fairy Dell, a lovely little gully of maiden-hair fern.

Sailor's Creek Falls and Mineral Springs are only four miles from Daylesford. Rugged landscapes and musk trees make the visit well worth while.

Flowers and Heath
Typical Australian bush scenes and enchanting glades are not all the district has to offer those who love the countryside. Wildflowers and heath are plentiful. At present there is an excellent display of pale, star-shaped waxflowers, which are in full bloom not far from the Daylesford township.

Other beauty spots are the Trentham Falls, where water rushes 100ft. down the rocks (14 miles from Daylesford); Loddon Falls (eight miles), Mount Franklin vol- cano crater (seven miles), and lithia (soda) spring (four miles).

Cars can be hired to take visitors to any part of the district. In the main street of Daylesford a tourist bureau has been established.

Thursday 27 October 1938

Colourful carnivals on New Year's Eve and many outdoor sports are attractions that Daylesford offers to young and young-minded people.

In fine weather as many as 10,000 persons crowd the main street to welcome the new year. It is expected that 10 brass bands will visit the township to take part in contests this year. There will be a fancy dress procession, in which 2,000 members of the Workers' Sports Federation camp will take part. Prizes will be offered for the best costumes. Streets will be illuminated and decorated.

Anglers find trout in the Jubilee Lake and in Lake Daylesford, where boating is popular. There is fishing in, the Kangaroo, Wallaby, and Jim Crow Creeks. At least 500,000 trout have been liberated in Lake Daylesford, which is near the township. Good catches have been obtained already this season. Trout are obtainable in the Bullarto reservoir, six miles from Daylesford. There are plenty of perch.

At Hepburn there is a good golf course of l8 holes. Daylesford has a nine-holes course at Victoria Park. Public and private tennis courts, bowls, and croquet are available for visitors. Swimming is perfectly safe at Lake Daylesford, Jubilee Lake, and Hepburn springs. Daylesford has a concrete pool reserved for children.

Campers Welcome
Campers are welcome at Daylesford, where there are ample facilities for them. Sewered camping grounds, with water laid on and firewood provided, may be used for a nominal fee. Hepburn has a camping-ground 200 yards from the baths and springs, where similar facilities are provided.

The camping grounds are suitable for caravans. At the Daylesford central springs camping-grounds there is a kiosk.
Many visitors to the district prefer riding to walking, and excellent horse tracks make this a good method of travelling to the various beauty spots. Those who desire it can take part in tours organised by a riding club. A large fleet of cars is available to take visitors on round trips.

Young men who tire of all the usual sports such as riding, fishing, shooting, and games, have still another avenue of recreation. There are always a great deal of hope and a few shillings to be obtained by fossicking and prospecting. Old miners in the district claim that there is still gold to be found. Some mines are producing at present. Amateurs can be heartened by the knowledge that the Welcome Stranger nugget was found only a few miles from the township.

There is a night life at Daylesford for those who want it. Pictures and dances are held regularly. There is a dance at the Palais at Hepburn.

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