CHILTERN post office proved it was anything but lost in time when more than 100 people gathered to celebrate its 150th anniversary on Saturday.
Owners Emma and Matt Williams were “overwhelmed” by the number of people who came to share their memories and offer their congratulations.
Mrs Williams said it was amazing how long the building had been standing and operating.
“It needs to be recognised,” she said.
“The building deserves a day like this.”
Mr and Mrs Williams have been managing the post office for five years. Mrs Williams said she did not want the celebration to be about them but about those who had contributed to the post office over its lifetime.
“Just look at the history,” she said.
“We are just a blink in time.”
Panels unveiled at the celebration which gave people the opportunity to learn about the post office history.
Mr and Mrs Williams paid $3000 for the panels to be installed.
“It’s just our little contribution to it all,” she said.
Australia Post North East Victoria operations manager Corey O’Bryan said Chiltern post office was one of the most profitable branches in the region.
“It’s a cornerstone and everyone comes here to post a letter,” he said.
“They are so successful because they make the effort to put things on like today which is a perfect example of capital outlay.”
Mr O’Bryan said successful postmasters in rural areas understood their communities.
He said the building was full of history and stories which many of the guests were sharing.
“The building is rated in a historic classification,” Mr O’Bryan said.
“I would have liked to be a postmaster when it was built but I expect it will be standing for another century.”
Indigo Shire mayor Barb Murdoch said she was pleased by the effort Mr and Mrs Williams had made to recognise the history.
“Both of them have been fantastic,” she said.
“Anything we want they get and they do anything to make the town more efficient and always have a smile.”
Mrs Williams said it was a significant occasion she hoped would go down in history.
“We are just so proud to be part of the story,” she said.
“We don’t want the post office to ever be lost in time.”