Grand Hotel, Goomeri

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Grand Hotel, Goomeri, Qld C1938. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

THE classic art deco Grand Hotel at Goomeri in Queensland was re-built in 1943 after the original pub was destroyed in a tragic fire that killed the publican and his wife, a barmaid, and five guests on December 23 1939.

Goomeri Village is located in the wine region of the South Burnett, at the junction of the Wide Bay Highway from the coast and Gympie and the Burnett Highway, between Brisbane and Gladstone. The 1939 fire claimed the lives of: 

1. John William Parker, 40, licensee, who escaped from the building but died later from burns and shock.
2. Eva Isabel Parker, 40, his wife.
3. Gladys Edwards, 24, who was staying at the hotel overnight.
4. Pearl Frahm, 25, barmaid.
5. Bridget Eileen Eisentrager, 30, clerk.
6. Allen Gordon Carter, 35 who arrived from the West on the previous Friday.
7. Thomas Robert Rixon, 23, of Grafton, timber-getter.
8. George Eddie, 26, of Boonabah, farm labourer.

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The ruins of Grand Hotel, Goomeri, Qld December 1939

The Boonara Hotel, which was located opposite the Grand Hotel was also totally destroyed by fire eight years later in 1947. No one was hurt or killed in that blaze. That pub was never rebuilt. It can be seen in one of the photos posted here in the background of the smouldering Grand Hotel.

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The Boonara Hotel was located opposite the Grand Hotel, Goomeri Qld, which was destroyed by fire in December 1939. The Boonara Hotel was also destroyed by fire eight years later. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.


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Grand Hotel, Goomeri, Qld. Photo: Google Streetview. 

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