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  • Time Gents, Please….

    “Time gents, drink ’em up”, was the barman’s call as six o’clock approached and the taps were turned off for another day. The six o’clock swill was Australian and New Zealand slang for the last-minute rush to buy drinks before the… Read More ›

  • Commercial Hotel, Morpeth

    By MICK ROBERTS © CONTINUING our road trip to the Upper Hunter, our next port of call was the Commercial Hotel at Morpeth. There seems to have been two Commercial Hotels in Morpeth, the first licensed by Moses Murphy in April… Read More ›

  • Kalgoorlie’s many pubs

      LEGEND has it that at one stage you couldn’t throw a stone in Kalgoorlie without hitting a hotel. Here’s a list of pubs that traded in the Western Australian gold mining town, put together by Perth newspaper, the Western… Read More ›

  • Charcoal Inn, Casino

    THERE’S a pub at Casino, in the Northern Rivers of NSW, about 30kms from Lismore that has an intriguing sign. The Charcoal Inn looks like a fairly new type of pub, and you would be right in saying so. Like… Read More ›

  • Covent Gardens Hotel, Haymarket

    A BURIED FENCE. The old Covent Gardens Hotel, at the corner of Dixon and Hay-streets, Sydney, is being rebuilt. Yesterday the workmen engaged in digging the foundations came across an old three-railed open fence, at a distance of nine feet… Read More ›

  • Wedderburn Hotel, Wedderburn

    By MICK ROBERTS © THERE was little chance of getting a beer, let alone a room, in Wedderburn’s two pubs when gold fever gripped the sleepy farming township in March 1950. A resident unearthed a 175-ounce nugget of gold in… Read More ›

  • Tabulam Hotel, Tabulam

    JIM Jordan was known as “The Prince of Hotelkeepers”. He had the Tabulam Hotel, in the far north-east of NSW, between Tenterfield and Casino, on the Clarence River from 1909 until his death in 1925. Jim’s reputation for giving free accommodation… Read More ›

  • Victoria Inn, East Maitland

    By MICK ROBERTS © THE Victoria Inn, sometimes known as the Queen Victoria, traded as a pub for just over 25 years at East Maitland, before its taps ran dry in 1863. Although the historic pub reopened as the Old… Read More ›

  • Station Hotel, Kurri Kurri

    IN a confusing administrative error, two pubs in the fledging colliery town of Kurri Kurri NSW officially were known by the same name for a short time in 1904. Robert Robertson, an experience hotelier, was 53 when he applied for… Read More ›

  • Charles Hotel, Fairy Meadow

    THE misfortunes of a landmark pub in a town on the central-western plains of NSW enabled the Charles Hotel at Fairy Meadow to open for business on September 15 1955. The Charles was built and established by the Waterhouse family, well-known… Read More ›