Friday, May 28, 2010


What do you make of this sign on the Raglan St frontage of the Sloaney Pony?

The Sloaney Pony was known as the Fountain Inn from 1860 to 1994
'Wine and spirit merchant John Edward Crockford had purchased this Crown land before Sandridge gained independence, and by 1859 was erecting the Fountain Inn. Initially twelve rooms with excellent stone stables in the rear, the hotel is oddly shaped to line up with the three streets which it faces, at the point where the main road to Melbourne had veered to avoid a swampy bit.'
[from Chartered Scoundrels: A brief history of Port Melbourne hotels by Pat Grainger, 2007 pp52,53 available at the Port Melbourne Town Hall]

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