They and their family were very busy in work and community activities in the farming community on the hot plains north of Bendigo. So it is natural that they would look to the cooler climate of Hepburn Springs in central Victoria when they purchased a holiday house and there was the added attraction of the mineral springs that abound in the Hepburn Springs/Daylesford area. It was a popular health resort. Maybe they had holidayed there a number of times before they decided to purchase - we'll never know - but at some stage they bought a house in Church Avenue and called it 'Mitiamo House'.
|'Mitiamo House', Church Avenue, Hepburn Springs|
|From a tourist folder: 'The Grande' guest house, Hepburn Springs|
|The Argus, 5 August 1933|
|The Argus, 22 January 1938|
|The Argus, 27 April 1940|
|Family members at one of the springs, 1937|
|From a tourist folder: Locarno Springs, Hepburn Springs|
|From a tourist folder: Wyuna Spring, Hepburn Springs|
|From a tourist folder: The suspension bridge, Hepburn Springs|
|Joy Phelan on the suspension bridge, Hepburn Springs|
|The Blowhole, Hepburn Springs|
|Ina, Neil and Doug Phelan at The Blowhole, Hepburn Springs|
The house still exists, and so does 'The Grande' next door. Both have been altered but not so that they are unrecognisable.
|The former 'Mitiamo House', 5 Church Avenue, Hepburn Springs. [Google Maps, Street View, 2014]|