Coastal post on move

Coastal post on move

The Beachport post office is on the move for just the third time in nearly 150 years.

The town had received mail, twice weekly, since 1875 and the mail service had initially been housed in a tin shed.

A new stone post office and attached residence was built in 1880 in Railway Terrace and supplied services for the next 113 years.

In 1993, Australia Post called for tenders for the Beachport postal services and it was awarded to Bendigo resident Piarena Caruana.

She moved the post office to a nearby shop and residence in Foster Street.

Ms Caruana established the Baytree Cottage craft shop in these premises as well.

She became heavily in the seaside community as a Justice of the Peace and a fundraiser for such projects as the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

The post office has this week moved to modern premises in Railway Terrace.

In the meantime, the former post office in Railway Terrace has had multiple owners and users.

It is currently a BnB but it has also housed a café, offices, banking agency and gift shop over the past 31 years.

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