Vauxhall Inn at Granville marked railway opening with “buckets of rum”

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The first train arrives at Parramatta from Sydney in 1855. Picture: Supplied
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The second Vauxhall Inn on Parramatta Road, Granville, October, 1930. Picture: Australian National University, Noel Butlin Archives.

A Bucket of Rum

An interesting souvenir of the opening of the first railway in New South Wales from Sydney to Parramatta Junction is a miniature bucket. On September 22nd, 1855, the opening day, the proprietor of the Vauxhall Hotel, which still stands today, advertised that he would sell rum at a penny a bucket. The buckets, however, were specially made for the occasion, and were solid, except for a small cavity in the top which contained about a teaspoonful of rum. Men flocked to the hotel to take advantage of the offer, and it is said that they thoroughly enjoyed the joke. The little buckets were treasured as souvenirs of the historic event, and some of them are believed to be still in existence today. 

– Voice (Hobart, Tas.), Saturday 3 October 1936.

  • The Vauxhall Inn was established in 1855, and the original building was replaced in 1909 and again with the present hotel by Tooth and Company in 1939.
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The Vauxhall Inn at the corner of Parramatta and Woodville Roads, Granville, in 1939 after it was rebuilt for a third time. Picture: Australian national University, Noel Butlin Archives.


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