For those of you that don’t know yet – Greg has bought a crazy property in the country! We’ve moved out of the workshop in St. Kilda and set up a new one at the Butter factory Newstead. We’ll still be doing lots of work in Melbourne and on the Peninsula so we’ve not turned into total country bumkins just yet!! Here’s a little bit of information about the site and surrounds.
Built in 1904 in the Goldrush township of Newstead, 20ks from Castlemaine and 30ks from Daylesford the Butter factory operated as a successful dairy until 1975. In the early 80’s it became a candle factory and manufacturing continued on the site until 2009. Having been added to over the years the building in its current state now occupies roughly 650 square metres on 3000 sq metres of land.
Greg Hatton took possession of the site in January 2010. Since then some major cleaning has taken place as it was left in quite a dilapidated state. Removal of wax from all the floors has revealed the original hexagonal terracotta tiles in parts of the space. Many litres of paint stripper have been used on painted out windows and on cream coloured wall tiles. Also layers of dirt have been scrubbed from all the interior walls.
The site has quite significant heritage value and as such we intend to treat it with the respect it deserves as we consider all the many possibilities for its future use. Currently part of the site is being used as the new Greg Hatton workshop and we intend to exhibit furniture and other pieces in one of the other spaces.
We believe it has fantastic potential to be a great location for film and photo shoots. With onsite accommodation available in the functioning second floor apartment and the pub a minutes walk from the front door! Only an hour and a half drive from Melbourne and close to many significant Country Victoria locations the township of Newstead boasts a butcher shop, general store, bakery, café, outdoor pool, 2 pubs and its own newspaper!
Please contact us if you’d like to visit our new second home!