Sitting in England 150 years after the events I am writing about, it is difficult to imagine the look of the hotels which Jane and her husband built. Only one has a newspaper description of the number of rooms available to guests. But just a few miles out of Creswick, at Blampied, we found a weatherboard hotel, which purported to be the oldest wooden hotel in Victoria, built in the 1860s.
Inside it is open plan with a flagstone floor and now offers very good pub food. It is slowly being altered but one can still imagine how it might have looked without the newish windows, signage and the replacement tin roof.