RIOT OVER BEER
SYDNEY. December 21.— Windows were smashed and beer glasses hurled when 300 workers demonstrated outside the Park View Hotel, St. Mary’s, 35 miles from Sydney, early to-night. The demonstration was a protest at the hotel’s policy on Christmas bottle beer issue! Six men, including a local councillor were arrested by squads of police who arrived in two cars and a truck to quell the riot.
– Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) Tuesday 22 December 1953.
James William Bennett built the Volunteer Hotel and established his wheelwrights business on this site in the 1860s. It was renamed the Parkview after World War One and in 1955 was remodelled and renamed the Wagon Wheel. It is significant as the site upon which the Bennett family established what was to become an important local industry, and the forerunner of the Bennett Wagon Works. In the late 1990s the name of the hotel reverted back to the name Parkview. In 2006 it was renamed The King of the Mountain, and today it is known as the Wagon Wheel once again.