Did I mention the house across the road used to be a pub?
The photo is out of copyright. The State Library of Victoria’s website says:
Weatherboard building with gabled corrugated iron roof and verandah, large gas(?) lamp on corner of roof. ‘Lake Hotel’ sign on verandah roof in front of gable, the name C. Etheredge on sign on verandah on side of building. Man standing in front of verandah.
They reckon the original photo was taken in the 1880s, but this is a donated reprint done in the 1940s. Apparently the original wooden bar is still in the front room.
Line of men standing in front of a tent hotel, one man holding a guitar, mostly in shirtsleeves, hats, beards, one man in sacking apron, a single woman standing in the middle of the line. Tent behind them with sign ‘Lake Hotel / C. Etheredge’. Fence in foreground. Men possibly gold miners.
Looking along dirt road towards hotel in left background, dwellings and other buildings behind paling fence, forested hill rising in background. A group of children standing with a man on the road (school group).
I’m glad I went looking for more photos of the Lake Hotel. I haven’t seen these latter ones. They were all donated to the State Library of Victoria in 2008 by a Ms Pam Dewhurst.