A pub named after a bush tucker tree: The Quondong Hotel: 1891-2000

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The Quondong Hotel when I visited in 1987, showing a severely pruned Peppercorn tree, originally planted by Rosetta Sugars in 1892. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection

“QUONDONG HOTEL, 33 miles from anywhere. Half-way house on the Menindee to Broken Hill coach line.”

– The Sydney Mail, Wednesday, October 26, 1910.


ALL that remains in the arid outback surrounds of where the Quondong Hotel traded is its rubble, and a resilient lone peppercorn tree, planted by Rosetta Sugars, the wife of the first publican, William Sugars.

The tree is a reminder of a once popular and essential wayside pub that traded for just over a century, shutting its doors in 2000, before it burnt to the ground the following year.

The Quondong Hotel, a single storey timber and corrugated iron structure, was located 50km south east of Broken Hill on the Menindee Road, on the banks of the mostly dry Stephens Creek.

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  1. My great Grand Mother was Mary Denison Licensee from 1912 until 1917. He son Eric Denison 19 Coach Driver for Morrison & Sons died due to injuries from a fight with Daniel Minahan Licensee of the Cobham Lake Hotel near Tibooburra in 1913. Two of her sons went to WWI Percy Denison came home to train horses in WA & died it 1988. Frank Arthur Denison died in France & his body was never recovered. Mary died in South Australia in 1935.

  2. Stopped in there for a beer in 1999 on the way to Menindee to do some work for the police.
    What an iconic classic outback pub it was.


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