Sportsview was built by accountant and Surveyor Sydney Bartlett in the late 1800s.
His eldest son Albert who later inherited the home was editor of the Corryong Courier. Albert was intelligent but creative years ahead of his time, long before any notion of the Snowy scheme had been conceived he was vociferous about the advantages of water conservation in the Snowy Mountains.
There are a few local stories about Albert as he was something of a character and his talents lay not only in writing and poetry but drawing especially cartoons with which he conveyed his mischievous sense of humour.
One story has it that as a joke he eavesdropped a meeting at the Masonic Hall , whose activities were most secret. A report was published of this meeting in the next weeks Courier which caused much suspicion and sidelong glances within the Brotherhood, who had been present, as to who the traitorous scoundrel was that revealed Lodge secrets, almost causing a schism.
Alberts’ two unmarried sisters, Poppy and Helen also shared Sportsview. Helen was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life as she suffered from debilitating arthritis. They were the first music teachers in Corryong and gave lessons at Sportsview.
One of their students, Beatrice Simpson, a violinist, went on to study at the Melbourne Conservatorium and played first violin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Albert was enlisted as an Officer in WW1 he made lieutenant but was never to return to the Upper Murray as he contracted stomach cancer whilst at the front in 1918 and was transported back to Caulfied Hospital where he died 8 days later. This was doubly tragic for the Bartlett sisters as Albert was the familys’ principal breadwinner. Helen was not recognised as Alberts’ dependant and therefore not eligible for war benefits accrued by Alberts service and sadly she put in a nursing home in Kew where she later died.
The Bartletts were an intelligent and community spirited family and not only in the Upper Murray.
During recent research by a family descendant in an unrelated matter to save the Corryong Grandstand it was revealed that Albert Bartlett made a submission to Australias first parliament on the wording of the constitution.
Corryong township uses the surnames of many Upper Murray pioneers and early settler families for its street names, the Bartlett family being no exception. Bartlett Street can be found at the northern end of Greenham Street.
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