Sydney’s smallest pub frontage

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Goulburn Hotel, corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Haymarket, 1936. Photo: Australian national University, Noel Butlin Archives.

WITH less than four feet (1.22m) facing George Street, Scruffy Murphy’s is said to have the smallest frontage of a pub in Sydney.

The pub, originally known as the Goulburn Hotel, was purchased by Sydney brewery, Tooheys Limited in 1930. The brewery replaced what was a large three storey corner pub, with a new two storey hotel and three shops in 1934. The pub’s name was changed in later years from the Goulburn Hotel to the Irished themed, Scruffy Murphys.

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The Labor Daily (Sydney, NSW) Saturday 20 May 1933.



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Scruffy Murphy’s pub at the corner of Goulburn and Georges Streets, Haymarket. The George Street “frontage” (to the right) is said to be smallest for a pub in Sydney, being less than 1.22m or barely four feet. Photo: Google Streetview.


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  1. Two hotels come to mind. The Haymarket Hotel that went through from George St to Sussex St. And the Star Hotel at Parramatta opposite the park???

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