TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS
Sir,—Commenting on the death of Mr. Patrick McVeigh, it was stated in "the Argus" that "in the days of the gold rushes to Wood's Point and Mount Mat-lock he built the structure which is known to the thousands of tourists who have taken the walking route across the Baw Baw Ranges". Twenty-six years ago, before the Warburton railway was built, and long after the "gold rushes", my brother and I walked from Woods Point to Lilydale, having first walked to Wood's Point from Healesville via Marysville. At that time "McVeigh's" was not in existence, and the splendid road which now runs from Walsh's Creek to "the turn- off" on the old Marysville Woods Point road (the "Yarra track") was merely a bridle track, in places almost indistinguishable. I recollect, after a long hot tramp, and on the spot where "McVeigh's" now stands, we discarded our clothing in the virgin bush and had an enjoyable swim in the stream nearby. I may mention that at that period "Nel-son's," "Shaw's," and "the Old German's," catered for travellers on the "Yarra track." Now there is no habitation between "McVeigh's" and Matlock, a distance of 36 miles, and if one chooses to walk he must be prepared to spend a night beneath the stars. Probably it would interest many to know that the original old man of the famous Carlton Ale advertisement, "I allus has wan at eleven," was once employed as yardman at "McVeigh's." "Paddy" McVeigh, with characteristic kindness, looked after the old chap until he died. Incidentally,
his photograph adorns the wall of the bar
parlour,—Yours, &c., A.B.W.
Murrumbeena, Sept. 24.