Sad to hear of Lake Ho­tel fire

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

I RE­CEIVED a phone call from one of my cousins who lives at Rhe­ola near Bendigo, telling me the Lake Ho­tel had burnt down.

My daugh­ter and I had in­ten­tions of vis­it­ing Heath­cote a few weeks ago but my health was not the best so we put it off.

My par­ents owned the ho­tel from 1947 through to 1955. We had lots of friends in that area. I went to school at the Sa­cred Heart pri­mary and also to the con­vent, and was a mem­ber of the choir at the church.

You know I’m darned if I can think who bought the pub off Dad (a men­tal block?), yet I’d of­ten called in on them when I was in the area.

I would spend a lot of time at McCarthy’s, at the top of the hill, also at Ned and Mag­gie El­lis’s.

Un­for­tu­nately, a lot have died over the years — peo­ple seem to do that when they get old! I mar­ried a farmer. We lived in East Gipp­s­land but I still vis­ited Heath­cote, espe­cially the bak­ery there — best bee sting cake in Vic­to­ria bar none — sec­ond best is at Bruthen (other side of Bairns­dale).

I won­der if you would please pass on my con­do­lences at the loss of the “Lake”. I hope it was in­sured and that it will be re­built.

I had many happy mem­o­ries of liv­ing there. Pat El­lis and I are still good friends and met when she was 10 and I was nine in 1947, and Anne Curry’s par­ents had the shop and milk bar op­po­site about 1951-1952.

Anne and I are still good friends too. Anne is now liv­ing in Hast­ings; Nor­man went and died. He was head of Coles New World, the gro­cery de­part­ment. Pat El­lis wed Jeff Els­bury; 20 years ago he died and she’s liv­ing in Pre­ston. My par­ents too have died. Dad was a com­pe­ti­tion axe man and trav­elled for Hy­tus Axe and Tool Com­pany and Aus­tralian Abra­sives for Syd­ney at Easter up the coast to Cairns in July. On the show cir­cuit along the coast — a very good life­style.

Please pass my mes­sage on. Maybe we will share one of the famed bee sting cakes? The Ger­man tea cake al­ways re­minded me of the first one I tasted.

Mrs Mary Davies (nee O’Don­nell — nick­name was M.O.D.)

Wuk Wuk, Vic­to­ria.

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