Tabulam Hotel, Tabulam

Tabulam Hotel Tabulam 1924 ANU

Tabulam Hotel, Tabulam NSW, 1924. Photo: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.

JIM Jordan was known as “The Prince of Hotelkeepers”. He had the Tabulam Hotel, in the far north-east of NSW, between Tenterfield and Casino, on the Clarence River from 1909 until his death in 1925.

Jim’s reputation for giving free accommodation and meals to soldiers during and after the First World War became famous and put Tabulam on the map. He also earned the title of ‘The Prince of Hotelkeepers’, and was always complimented whenever his presence was necessary before a licensing magistrate.

Appearing before the Casino quarterly licensing court in 1924, the police inspector asked if the Tabulam Hotel was kept in a cleanly state, and was well run. Before the inspector could finish, the magistrate quipped: “There’s no necessity for the question; he has a world-wide reputation in that direction. It is the only known hotel where you can’t get four drinks. And he is to be complimented on that.”

The amount of drinks Jim allowed to be served to a person in succession reportedly varied between two and four. However, there’s no doubt there was no getting drunk in the Tabulam pub while Jim was behind the bar. He became known as “Limit Jim”.

Jim was still host of the pub when he died at the age of 76 in 1925.


tabulam hotel James Jordan C1920

Jordan’s Tabulam Hotel C1920.

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  1. This was very interesting. There has been very little chance to the hotel. Wooden steps now concrete and no fireplace. My husband & I with my husbands parents had the Tabulam Hotel from 1978

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