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Barnes' Bakery c1900

24: Barnes, Grocer/Baker/Undertaker

 

This is another of the oldest buildings in Learmonth, built in 1861. Thomas Barnes, a builder by trade, soon saw the need for a store. He ran a grocery store, sold hardware, produce and ran a bakery and timber yard.

Barnes made the coffins for some of the early burials and later became Learmonth's undertaker, the business still operates in Ballarat today under the name of F W Barnes & Sons.

The Ryan family operated a business in this building from about 1930 until 2005 when it was closed.

The old store has resently been completely renovated and now operates 7 days a week as Cafe 321.

More detail coming soon.

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Barnes' shop in 2005

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