Jamieson Cottages was the vision of a ‘local legend’ Jim Black who first came to the area in the 1950’s whilst living and working in Benalla. He was smitten by Jamieson’s beautiful English trees, the rugged terrain which surrounds the town and its peaceful environment. A keen bushwalker , fisherman and deer hunter, Jim spent many weekends in the hills surrounding the town trawling both the Jamieson and Goulburn rivers for trout and gold and at the same time keeping an eye open for any sign of deer ! Not much got passed Jim!
In the late 1970’s Jim purchased a block of land on the river in Jamieson and proceeded to build his ‘weekender’ in this little piece of ‘heaven’. With the help of his wife Margaret and their brood of seven kids the house was eventually completed and became a source of much frivolity with the family spending many long hot summers and cool winters soaking up the peace and quiet that only Jamieson can offer.
On retirement in 1989, Jim and Margaret decided to build two beautiful Mt Gambier limestone cottages in what he described as ‘the best spot in Jamieson’……right in the middle of town and literally on the banks of the Jamieson River. So popular were the cottages that 18months later Jim built another two ……….. Jamieson Cottages was born!
For 10 years Jim and Margaret delighted in providing their guests with good accommodation along with the odd fishing rod, gold pan, tractor tubes for the kids and copious amounts of local information and stories.
Sadly, in the winter of 1999, Margaret passed away, but Jim carried on the business of caring for the grounds and ensuring all was “just right” for his guests. His love of Jamieson was evident in the contributions he made as a member of the local community group and in his tireless efforts in transforming the Jamieson river bank to a beautiful park like environment with facilities for all to enjoy today.
Jim died in 2008 ….in his home town of Jamieson, as was his wish, however his vision of Jamieson Cottages remains alive and well today. Owned and managed by Jim & Margaret’s daughter Margie, Jamieson Cottages by the River continues to provide visitors with comfortable, well appointed and uniquely located accommodation.
In the gardens surrounding the cottages the trees and roses Jim and Margaret lovingly chose and planted thrive today. The lush expanse of lawn Jim tended regularly remains for guests to wander. His favourite flowers- Christmas Lilies’- still burst into colour and stunning fragrance each year just before Christmas (the same time as Jim passed), and the river bank he worked so hard on, is stunning in its beauty and autumn colour.
Jim used to tell everyone…… Jamieson is ‘God’s earth’….and it really is!