Guests at Walgett’s Imperial Hotel cooled off in ice baths during heat wave

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The Imperial Hotel, Walgett, NSW, 1959. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University

Ice put in hotel guests’ baths

Sydney, Friday.

THE water was so hot at Walgett (NSW) yesterday during the fierce State-wide heat that at the Imperial Hotel ice had to be put in the baths for guests. Temperatures ranged from 106.3 (41.2C.) at Sydney to 116.2 (46.7) in the country.

– Adelaide News Friday 26 January 1940 


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3 replies

  1. Very interesting. I’m from Walgett and enjoy reading these old stories.

  2. I’m from Walgett. I never heard that story. From what I remember of the Imperial. They didn’t have baths, only showers.

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