John Townsend with an early edition of the Echo outside the house where it was founded in 1962. Picture: Alan Barber
THE original home of The Echo, a 1948 character house in Ocean Grove, has been listed for sale.
The newspaper, that was initially a newsletter, started from the home of Alix and John Townsend at 103 The Parade in 1962.
Now the property is owned by their son John and he said it was a hard decision to sell his childhood home.
“When my mum passed away in 2008 my wife and I decided to buy my siblings out and buy the house and it has been an investment since then but now we feel it is time to sell,” Mr Townsend said.
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The property is in a central location.
The 811sq m property has a three-bedroom house on it and if the walls could talk they would be able to tell you everything that was going on in the area.
Mr Townsend said it was a very busy household and all the local news was basically brought by people to the front door.
“There was always something happening, people used to say if they wanted to know what was happening they would come to our house,” he said.
“Someone turned up with a fairy penguin one day that they had found and mum and dad knew someone that could help them out.”
The house was a hive of activity when the newspaper was founded there.
The Townsend family members gather around to view old papers and relive memories of the early years their parents owned and operated the newspaper for the 50th anniversary of the paper. The Townsend children from left; Sue, Anthony, Alex, Ellie and John.
He said the house was a hive activity as there were six children running around too.
As the paper grew an office across the road was used to run the paper before the Geelong Advertiser eventually bought the newspaper 15 years after it started.
Mr Townsend said he hoped someone would but the house and renovate and restore it, however he understood there was a chance it could be demolished.
There is potential to develop the centrally located property, subject to council approval.
Agent Campbell Potts is selling the property via an expressions of interest campaign closing December 4. Price hopes are $1 million to $1.1 million.