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meaning to  give back

The establishment of the Benevolent Asylum in 1861, was to provide accommodation and care for immigrant miners and orphans from the gold rush era, providing somewhere for them to feel safe while they recovered....

Today, the BENEV is an integrated wellness lifestyle destination, where every element of your experience has  been thoughtfully considered to inspire rest, recovery and renewal.

Built in 1862 it was the two Flemish gables that featured the township for many years, high on the hill top over looking Beechworth. Each of the gables was capped with stone dressing and decorative iron finial. One of my favourite features is the dark diaper work (that’s the pattern in the bricks).

 

Remembering each brick was hand made and glazed, the appreciation for the true workmanship and skills of the men who built it is constant, and the longer you spend here, the more your appreciation will grow.

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Undertaking a complete renovation on a 19th century run down hospital (the former Murray Ovens Benevolent Asylum - a place that housed immigrant miners and orphans from the gold rush era, providing somewhere for them to feel safe while they recovered and gained their health. 

In the beginning, out of the goldfields and amongst the eucalypts, pines and granite rocks one of Beechworth's most beautiful architectural buildings was built with an honourable purpose. It was the gold rush which brought with it the need for a Benevolent Asylum - a home for the incapacitated and the homeless, mostly Chinese migrants who where orphans to the gold rush. Without finding gold they they where unable to return home nor reignite with their families. They congested our hospitals will illness and injuries of the environment and perhaps from a lonely heart. Also providing accommodation and care for women and children who were struggling with poverty, homelessness, or whose parents were guests of the State.​


One of the most important providers of health and welfare services for aged person in north east victoria. The facility played an important role in Beechworth's economy providing employment. Mr Willis founded the hospital and so our historic journey begins.

He was a man of dynamic and boundless energy John Willis. ??

We weren’t always this beautiful

or the vision this big

 

Undertaking a complete renovation on a 19th century run down hospital (the former Murray Ovens Benevolent Asylum - a place that housed immigrant miners and orphans from the gold rush era, providing somewhere for them to feel safe while they recovered and gained there health. 
Built in 1862 it was the two Flemish gables that featured the township for many years, high on the hill top over looking Beechworth. Each of the gables was capped with stone dressing and decorative iron finial. One of my favorited features is the dark diaperwork (that’s the pattern in the bricks. Remembering each brick was hand made and glazed, the appreciation for the true workmanship and skills of the men who build it is constant, and the longer you spend here, the more your appreciation will grow.

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