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.
– Wider & Wilder, Smith’s Weekly (Sydney) Saturday 15 December 1934.
During its heyday in the mid 1870s, the Hill End district once boasted a newspaper office, three newsagents, three banks, and 28 pubs! By 1905, after the gold rush had seen its best days, two pubs were left to cater for the thirsts of the remaining couple of hundred villagers – Weir’s Hotel and the Royal Hotel.
Weir’s Hotel finally closed in 1938, leaving the Royal as Hill End’s last pub. The Royal Hotel continues to trade at Hill End to this day (2020)
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