Post of­fice up for sale

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

AF­TER more than a decade, post mis­tress Donelle Wal­lis is moving on, putting a for sale sign up out­side the his­toric Dar­ling­ton Post Of­fice.

Ms Wal­lis said the post of­fice was an im­por­tant hub in the Hills vil­lage since open­ing its doors in 1906.

“When I moved in it was a res­i­dence with shire per­mis­sion to run a busi­ness from and this had been the case since the 1920s,” she said.

“Now the build­ing is com­mer­cial and you can run busi­ness within the space but as there is an ex­ist­ing res­i­dence, I have the best of both worlds.”

Ms Wal­lis said the time was right to move on and al­low some­one new to take over the busi­ness.

“It is a great lit­tle busi­ness and it never feels like hard work,” she said.

Ms Wal­lis said the post of­fice had a rich and in­trigu­ing his­tory.

“When I first took over the post of­fice I went to the Perth Archives to see what I could learn about the his­tory and there was one in­ter­est­ing re­peat­ing theme,” she said.

“When it first opened it was housed in­side the gen­eral store across from the train sta­tion and was ac­com­pa­nied by the lo­cal switch­board for phone calls.

“It seems the switch­board was a nui­sance to run but did earn 30 pounds a year.

“Dar­ling­ton res­i­dents would pick up the switch­board and set it up in some­one’s home where they could earn the in­come, but it never stayed put for long and was picked up and moved to the next house.

“The post­mas­ter gen­eral would visit the area reg­u­larly but al­ways had trou­ble lo­cat­ing the where­abouts of the tele­phone switch­board and would be sent on a wild goose chase all over Dar­ling­ton try­ing to lo­cate its where­abouts; his frus­tra­tion is clearly vis­i­ble in his re­ports.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the prop­erty sale, con­tact Cam­bell Giles on 0418 936 544.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473275

Post mis­tress Donelle Wal­lis says the post of­fice has given her the best of both worlds but it’s time to move on.

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