Charters Towers’ pubs


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One of the institutions of Charters Towers is “Collins’,” perhaps the most widely-known of all North Queensland Hotels. The proprietors, Messrs. E. Collins and E. Tubbs, were mates in New South Wales and on Gympie, and 15 years ago came to Charters Towers. Their first venture was in a small syndicate, who put down the old Just-in-Time Block, one of the earliest blocks on the field, and they landed on 4ft. of 2oz. tack. The stone, however, got poorer, and the profits subsequently were not heavy. About eight years ago the partners leased the hotel, which previously stood on the site occupied by the building shown on our illustration. About fifteen months ago Messrs Collins and Tubbs purchased the property from Mr. I Lemel, and important and handsome improvements have just been effected, including a brick front. Both partners still retain their old love of speculation, and are holders of interests all over the field. Mr. Collins is a director in the Charters Towers Pyrites Works and Kelly’s Queen Block, and is also on the Board of the Charters Towers Gas Company. The firm have also expended a large sum in the establishment, of a vegetable and fruit garden and poultry farm in connection with the hotel. Water is pumped to an altitude by steam power, and abundance is thus supplied.

– North Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld), Wednesday 21 December 1892.

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ONE of the most comfortable Hotels on Charters Towers is undoubtedly the Metropolitan, which has been built in a quiet portion of the town, more to command a family and a commercial trade than a residential trade. It is most pleasantly situated, and within five minutes’ walk of the heart of the town. The rooms are spacious, the balconies wide, and every ingenious device employed to render things cool and nice; for the proprietress, Mrs. Manson, fully recognises that the comfort of her guests is the best guarantee for continued patronage.

– North Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld), Wednesday 21 December 1892.


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