MURAL LOCATION – 53 Turnbull St, Alberton VIC 3971
ABOUT THE VICTORIA HOTEL – Established in 1891 the hotel sits in the small town of Alberton, next to Port Albert. The small town was once bustling, with many people arriving from all over the world to berth at Port Albert on their travels to the goldfields. Many early pioneers arrived at this port before railways were built.
Many of the old buildings that remain in the area are of Georgian and Victorian style heritage. It’s hard to believe that these towns, all joined by a scenic road with stunning views of nearby Wilson’s Prom, were once the biggest in the area, they all now are off the beaten track, full of holiday makers looking to explore.
When it was booming, Alberton contained several buildings such as stores, hotels, even a police magistrates and court of petty sessions.
Once the railway and shire offices were built and moved to Yarram, the town began to decline. Now the town is a small farming community, mainly cattle farmers, nearby Port Welshpool which offers cruises around the Prom and boasts an iconic “Long jetty”, which is over 572 metres in length.
WHY WE BECAME INVOLVED – “We heard about what was happening in Yarram and watched a video about Heesco and his work with local artist Wayne Tindall owner of the Yarram Bull Bar, and thought it would really be a good thing to give something back to the community. We made contact thinking we were too late as the project was already beginning, but Wayne And Eric Greenaway came straight down, and it just went from there.
After an initial conversation with Wayne, we decided on a heritage image that was not too bright but one that would stand out boldly and be seen clearly from the South Gippsland Highway. It had to be a period image & of course hotel related, hence us picking a gentleman unloading old kegs by hand. Wayne designed the image for us and mocked it up on our wall. We loved it straight away.
Dealing with Wayne & Heesco has been a breeze, nothing was an issue both in the planning and execution of the work.” Brendan Farley – Victoria Hotel Alberton
THE MURAL DESIGN – “I came up with the design for Brendan and Michelle pretty quickly as they were very clear about what they wanted and also the size of the finished images they wanted on their beautiful old building. I decided to keep it all sepia tones to fit in with the period of this historic building, and once Heesco got onto the wall the image just came alive. Heesco – you are a champion!” Wayne Tindall – Artist/film maker