If walls could talk
Geelong Art Society use a very old hotel as their venue for exhibitions and classes, the Shearer's Arms. If walls could talk. John Day began business as a hotel proprietor near the corner of Aberdeen Street and Shannon Avenue in 1847, succeeded a year later by Joseph Lewis. By 1850 there is recorded a brick, seven roomed public house with stables and a garden. J Grant was at one stage refused a license on the grounds that the "Shearers Arms" Hotel has become rendezvous for thieves and undesirable characters. The building is no longer licensed and served as flats before becoming an Art Gallery and studio. The heritage listed Shearers Arms gallery in Aberdeen Street, Geelong West, is in desperate need of refurbishment. There surely are many stories in those old walls!