IT is difficult to find a place in Australia where there is not someone, who, at some time or other, has been connected in some way, with the old mining village of Hill End (NSW). This is not to be wondered at when it is considered that, since the “gold-boom” days of the 1870s, nearly 50,000 of its erstwhile inhabitants have migrated. The town, once boasted a newspaper office, three newsagents, three banks, and 45 hotels. Two bank agencies still operate, and two hostelries are sufficient to cater for the thirst of the remaining couple of hundred villagers.
– Wider & Wilder, Smith’s Weekly (Sydney) Saturday 15 December 1934.
Weir’s Hotel closed just three years after this story was published, leaving Hill End with its last remaining pub – The Royal. The Royal Hotel continues to trade at Hill End to this day (2020)
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