Neil established a unique Gallery in Clunes after a 'tree-change' from Melbourne, starting out as a weekender for a few years before making the move permanent in 2007.
Starting with a small photographic stall at the first Booktown Festival in the same year, he traded from a couple of different venues in the town until purchasing the historic 54 Fraser Street in 2013.
The transformation from former Post Office to gallery space uncovered wonderful fireplaces and whole rooms hidden in what looked to be small sorting areas or concealed under false ceilings and pinboard.
Built in 1859, the building originally housed a haberdashery store. As the renovations uncovered the charm of the building and courtyard, ideas about how to best use the space started to take shape. The concept of a gallery and wine bar soon took hold and the business started welcoming locals and visitors for drinks on a Friday and Sunday evening.
With COVID-19 restrictions forcing the closure of the gallery and wine bar, the business that began the whole adventure - Neil Newitt Photography - that had been a part of the Clunes streetscape since 2007, will continue online.