Meredith the town is about 13kms from the festival site. It has two pubs, a cafe, a servo and a General Store amongst a few other things, like a nursery and rural supplies store. There was once a short-lived hospital, a lapidary club and a football club, who last won the flag with a one-point victory over Sebastopol in 1961. The club even had a women’s team who took on archrival Inverleigh in 1972.
To get to the festival from town turn off the Midland Highway at the Royal Hotel (Staughton Street) and go past Hearn’s Hotel until you get to the corner of Nolan Road. That’s about it just on your left there.
Some interesting (and not-so-interesting) facts:
- Half a mile from the railway station there used to be a butter factory which opened in 1891 – “the Meredith Creamery and Butter factory”.
- The Meredith Corner Store was built to house the Post Office around 1900.
- In a raffle organised by Miss Irene Mooney for the Meredith “Queen Carnival” of 1917, you could win a silver-mounted pipe, a case of grapes, a fat sheep and/or pig, gold cuff links, or a pair of boots made to order.
- Meredith was known as Watsons because William Watson had “The Golden Fleece Hotel” on the road between Geelong and Ballarat.
- Most local residents are known to put their left foot into their pants before their right when dressing.
On your way through, why not consider dropping into one of the following local Meredith establishments: