Minyip's old post office building open day successful

WIMMERA residents hope the doors of Minyip’s old post office building will be thrown open again following the success of Saturday’s open day.

Owner Michelle Brabender said the community’s response was overwhelming.

“I think about 200 people walked through,” she said.

“I didn’t really know what to expect.

“From 10am until about 2pm, it was just chockers. People were squeezing through the doorway.”

Visitors travelled from throughout the region, cameras in hand, to see the historic property.

“It was the first time the building had been opened up entirely in all its history,” Ms Brabender said.

“A lot of people were fascinated by it.

“I heard people ringing their friends, saying, ‘You’ve got to see this’.”

Ms Brabender said she had received a letter from a man who was disappointed he could not make it to the open day.

She also showed through an elderly couple who had mixed up the date of the open day.

“As if I was going to say you can’t come through,” Ms Brabender said.

The post office closed in 2010 after 109 years of operation.

It was one of the primary post offices built after Federation.

Ms Brabender and her son Appollo, 4, moved in about four months ago.

As soon as she saw the property on the market, the former Sutton Grange resident knew she had to have it. So she sold up and moved.

Minyip Lions Club member Diane Connolly said she welcomed the idea of another open day.

“I would love to see it again,” she said. 

The open day raised more than $200 for the town’s Lions club, which collected gold coin donations at the door.

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