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Creative locals are putting this Victorian town back on the map

By Justine Costigan
Updated June 13 2024 - 10:09am, first published June 7 2024 - 12:00pm

Inside the imposing 1909 red brick National Bank of Australasia building in Dimboola is a Willy Wonka-esque emporium of wonderful things. Closed in 2002, the former bank once seemed destined to follow the fate of so many other historic small-town buildings - left to gather dust and cracks, a sad reminder of its long-gone glory days. Now it is transformed: upstairs, there is opulent guest accommodation; downstairs, the elegant main room is filled with beautiful books, homewares, fashion, games and puzzles, exquisite stationery and more. You could lose yourself in here for hours.

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