History

2013

The iconic pub in Mernda undergoes massive renovations to extend it’s floorspace over 10 times it’s original area and reopens it’s doors to the public.

The Bridge Inn Hotel

The Bridge Inn Hotel – Restored, revamped and reopened in December, 2013.

The exterior of the Bridge Inn – Still under restoration, the original building established in 1891, features red brick, original timber finishes and blue stone base. The colours are truly Magnificent, an absolute icon for the Mernda town ship let alone the shire of Whittlesea.

The exterior of the Bridge Inn – Still under restoration, the original building established in 1891, features red brick, original timber finishes and blue stone base. The colours are truly Magnificent, an absolute icon for the Mernda town ship let alone the shire of Whittlesea.

The-Bridge-Inn-Render

The Bridge Inn Hotel 2013 Architectural Render

 

2012

Mernda Pub Calls Last Drinks

MERNDA’S Bridge Inn Hotel will pour last drinks this week as the pub prepares to close its doors on a chapter in history.

Publican Neil Clark said hotel owners Edward and Joseph Gauci informed the licensees they would close the hotel on Saturday, June 30, for 12 to 15 months to undertake renovations.

Source: Whittlesea Leader

Pre-1891

The Bridge Inn (1)

The Bridge Inn Hotel, pre-1891 as a single story wooden building with the Red Gum that still stands to this day on the opposite corner – a big thankyou to Robert Cockerell for sending this through. His ancestor John Cockerell invented the press that is in the foreground. A rare and priceless piece of local history.

Source: Extend the rail line Mernda

1885

The Bridge Inn (2)

The Bridge Inn Hotel, Mernda in 1885 – just a few years after this photograph was taken, the railway was completed to Whittlesea in 1889. The railway reserve is still there.

SourceExtend the rail line Mernda

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