GLENTHOMPSON

Glenthompson is the next town encounted when traveling from Ballarat to Hamilton. Glenthompson is another of that quite small town and this place has some quite nice attributes.

Glenthompson's  most notable landmark is the tall brickworks chimney that is also the symbol of what was the township's main industry for a period of time, as it provided bricks for regional buildings constructed in the post-war era. . (not photographed)

 Originally, a small township named Yuppeekiar was built approximately five kilometres away, but it was moved to the present site of Glenthompson because of the construction of the railway linking Ballarat and Hamilton.

Glenthompson is distinctive in that the town's hotel, Mac's Hotel, was built across the road from the railway station, some distance from the main road, unlike other country pubs in towns of a similar size, highlighting the importance of the railway in the town's development.

Nowadays it is a very quiet country town that serves as a minor transport and services hub for the surrounding farming district. The Glenthompson Museum is represented by the History Centre that was the old railway station

Rose cottage in McLennan Street was first built in 1850 and was used for business as a blacksmith, the local bakery, and the front room for dress making and alteration.

Glenthompson is serviced by all of the main church denominations. The United (old Methodist) is a grand century plus federation red brick building.

The Glenthompson War Memorial was not observed. The nearby Wickliffe Cenotaph is substituted.

Glenthompson could easily be a drive-thru town, but the traveller is urged to check out the Rose Cottage and the Railway Hotel if the timing is right.

Heritage diary

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course