John Allman, the popular licensee of the Victoria Bridge Hotel is a son of one of Queensland’s foremost sports, Jerry Allman of Warwick. He was born at Stanthorpe (Q). On leaving school he started business in the storekeeping line.
Tea and sugar however were not in his line, and he became the licensee (by degrees) of the Railway Refreshment Rooms at Helidon, Ipswich, Isis Junction, Bundaberg and Gympie, from which he eventually sold out to buy the Longreach Hotel, which he very successfully conducted for two years, again selling out to buy his present hotel.
John is a great supporter of horse racing, and was at one time an owner. He is a registered member of Tattersall’s and the Q.T.C. He is also a great supporter of foot racing, and at his comfortable hotel In Stanley-street one is always sure of meeting the best of sports and obtaining the best of liquors.
- The Truth (Brisbane) Sunday 15 January 1905