The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms has been restored to its former glory thanks to a $37,000 grant from the Living Heritage Program.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP, today officially opened the recently refurbished Tea Rooms building, ensuring the historic site can be enjoyed by generations to come.
The gardens and collections in the precinct demonstrate Castlemaine’s proud gold rush history.
The Tea Room building opened from 1919 during holiday seasons, serving as a storeroom at other times of the year.
As one of 14 structures within the gardens, the Tea Rooms are of historical significance for their iron roof, partially clad with rare recycled Tupper and Co. corrugated roof tiles.
Today the Tea Rooms house the Castlemaine Pipe Band, who rehearse and store equipment there.
The Living Heritage Program, administered by Heritage Victoria, provides $38.5 million over four years to safeguard and conserve Victoria’s key heritage resources.
“This project has ensured that the iconic Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms can be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.”