Clyde History Walking Tour

Next time you are in Clyde you could take the History Walking Tour.
Actual walking time is 25 minutes - longer if you linger on the way- especially if you buy a snack at the Store.

The following document can be downloaded and printed out. Click on image to open up a pdf Map.

Notes about the main features of Clyde.
(Underlined articles are hotlinked to the Clyde History website)
After the railway began operation it was realised that the line was too steep up to Clyde. It was regraded, the station temporarily shifted and then the bridge was built in 1915
Passenger services were stopped in 1981.

1889 Township Survey
The railway brought interest to the area. Three new streets and 49 house blocks were planned for “the very heart of what must become an important business centre”.

Bootmaker, blacksmiths, butcher, mail contractor, carpenter, baker, lawyer, and shopkeeper - all had businesses operating in Clyde’s township. Daily farmers brought their milk to the station for transport into Melbourne. Shops and services built up around this industry.

Tom “Corrie” Ridgway transferred the ownership of the shop to his sister-in-law, Ethel Ridgway after the death of George Ridgway in 1904.  In 1905 the shop was placed on skids and dragged by bullock teams from Ballarto Road to its present site. The Post Office was added in 1914.

Our first public building was used for concerts, the new school (No 3664), sports’ club meetings, polling booth along side the church activities.  Before it closed down in 1999 it gained fame through some TV serial dramas.

The residents of Clyde took the initiative to request a school for their children.
For 7 years children were taught in the Methodist Church. In 1918 the new school was officially opened.

1915-1958 Native Animal Sanctuary
“Hiltonwood”, 87 acres, owned by Thomas Twyford was proclaimed a sanctuary for protection of native game. The farm had many trees and on the boundary fences were notices reading “Sanctuary for Native Birds".

1923 Telephone
Telephone services were extended to Clyde in 1923 with a phone at the Post Office and by 1924 there were 17 subscribers.The earliest record I have of Clyde telephone subscribers  can be found here along with a map of the telephone lines. The Automatic Exchange began operation in 1942. You can see this building at the rear of the property on the corner of Ballarto and Station Roads, In 1948 there were 25 connected to the automatic exchange.

1928 Public Hall and Mechanics Institute
Mr A Wenn donated land for this building and the locals raised the funds. Officially opened in 1928 the hall has been the centre of Clyde’s cultural life- a library, CWA, Baby Health Centre, dancing, concerts etc.

Following a devastating fire in the area in early 1944 the Clyde – Cardinia Fire Brigade was formed. The CFA secured a 99 year lease with Victorian Railways at the present station site and a special building appeal was launched through the district in 1953 raising £385 ($770).

1978 Lineham Recreation Reserve
Clyde tennis (1913) and cricket (1888) match results were recorded in local newspapers. Before using Linehams Reserve sport was played on McKay’s land (North Clyde south of the Hall) and Ridgway’s ground next to the school. The old Cricket Club shed remains on the former Ridgway property.

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