The Goolwa Hotel

BUILT in 1853, the Goolwa Hotel is an excellent example of early colonial architecture, and still provides comfortable facilities for patrons without losing the heritage atmosphere and ambience. Located in Goolwa, a historic river port on the Murray River near the… Read More ›

The Eagle on the Hill

By MICK ROBERTS © BUSHFIRES were a constant companion to the publicans who hosted the Eagle-on-the-Hill Hotel in Adelaide’s Lofty Ranges. Fire destroyed the pub on two occasions, but each time it was rebuilt on the mountain road over the… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • 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 6pm… Read More ›

  • Happy Days

    “Here’s luck and a happy return!” New Zealand Diggers swap yarns and drinks to-day with three barmaids at an hotel near their transports. The New Zealanders return on Thursday and they are determined to carry back a full store of… Read More ›

  • Sydney Hotel, Hillgrove

    Haunted suicide room leaves its mark By MICK ROBERTS © DESPITE every effort to have it removed, a stubborn, mysterious stain persisted on the glass of a window of a pub in an old gold mining town on the northern… Read More ›

  • Caledonian Hotel, Singleton

    KNOWN as ‘The Cali” to local drinkers, Singleton’s oldest pub, The Caledonian, was where the inquest into the death of the infamous Aboriginal bushranger, Joe Governor was carried out in 1900. Joe and and his brother Jimmy committed a series… Read More ›

  • Grand Hotel, Temora

    The Grand Hotel: “a combination of beauty, compactness and comfort” THE Grand Hotel, Temora (NSW) was built and opened by local publican, William Kenny, who had operated the Terminus Hotel on the opposite corner. Kenny first applied to have the… Read More ›

  • Prince of Wales Hotel, Gulgong

    The Gulgong Telephone. Mr Frank Egan, of the Prince of Wales’ Hotel, Gulgong, is having the telephone installed. This building is undergoing repairs, painting, renova tions, &c. –Mudgee Guardian (NSW ) Thursday 22 August 1907.   “TOFFY HOTEL” PRINCE OF WALES At one… Read More ›

  • Commercial Hotel, Gulgong

    TRAGIC DEATH OF YOUNG MARRIED WOMAN Body Found in Hotel Yard Gloom was cast over the whole of Gulgong (NSW) last Friday when it was reported that Mrs Myra Herrick, wife of Mr Ron Herrick, was found dead at the… Read More ›

  • Post Office Hotel, Gulgong

    The Illumination of Gulgong. Mr. George Waite, the Gulgong plumber, has just completed the fitting up of an ascetylene gas plant at the Post Office Hotel, and that building is now splendidly lighted within and without. The ascetylene gas has… Read More ›

  • Centennial Hotel, Gulgong

    Punter puts it over Gulgong hotelkeeper  AFTER last Gulgong race meeting a sad-eyed man approached Charlie Copeland at the Centennial Hotel bar and moodily asked for a “punter of beer.” “A punter!” exclaimed Charlie. “That’s a new one on me…. Read More ›

  • Wentworth Hotel, Flemington

    50 IN BAR WHEN OLD BUILDING CRASHED WITH a terrific crash, tons of bricks, woodwork, and iron collapsed at the old Wentworth Hotel, Parramatta-road, Flemington, shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday. Portion of the debris shattered the back wall of the… Read More ›

  • Turtle calls for a drink

    TODAY’S HEAT was too much for this turtle. This morning it walked into an hotel on the South road, Edwardstown (SA), and seemed on the point of collapse. The hotelkeeper put it on a block of ice and gave it a… Read More ›