Gheringhap railway cottage was once district post office
A GROUP of old mates might have used this old railway cottage for drinking sessions, but a former resident tells of the more vital service it played in the Geelong district.
Corio resident Gerry Warren said the dilapidated weatherboard and iron railway house on the Midland Highway at Gheringhap was the district’s post office.
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Mr Warren said he spent his first 20 years at the house, when it served the vital role of connecting the district’s farmers with the wider world.
While his father was one of two resident gangers on the Victorian Railways, his mother Lillian operated the post office, collecting the regular deliveries of letters and other packages from the nearby, but long-gone, railway station on the other side.
“There was only about four railways houses there and there was one over the other side where the railway station was.
“But there was a lot of farmers around and when the mail used to come out by train, mum used to sort it out and put it in pigeon holes and they would come and collect it.
“And the phone — she used to connect farmers with farmers and farmers with Geelong and all around the country.”
Born in 1942, Mr Warren said he left around 1961 when he was married.
The porch that juts out at the front of the house was the post office, he said.
His father looked after the track between Gheringhap and Inverleigh, while the other ganger did from Gheringhap to Moorabool and out to Bannockburn.
“At one stage the population exploded because they had all these gangers to build a new line to Ararat and a lot of Italian people were living in converted rail carriages,” he said.
“I don’t know how many were there. There seemed to be a lot of carriages and the only contact with Italy was by mail, which used to come into the post office.”
The house is listed for auction on November 24.
Mr Sharkey has listed the price guide at $160,000 to $175,000.