William Mitchell Lovick

"……The other one of his first boys, William Mitchell Lovick decided that the early city of Melbourne was no good for him. Around about that time (1860), gold was discovered here in the Howqua River, so he hightailed it to Merrijig and followed the gold to the Howqua River and became a miner. He found that there wasn't much money in digging gold so he thought the best thing to do was to start a little shanty pub. By the time the late 1880's came he was the last bloke left because there was no bloody gold and no miners, all he was left with was a whole heap of titles to a few blocks. So he left it all behind and went back to Merrijig, he married and so sprang the Lovicks from there....and we've kept on going ever since……"
Charlie Lovick ~