Commercial Hotel, Hebel


His first for the day, Hebel. Photo: Bruce Howard.

ONCE there were three things in Hebel, Queensland (not counting the dust).

There was the Commercial Hotel (HEBEL’S LEADING HOTEL, says the sign outside), there was the store, and there was a pile of empty bottles which rivalled the pyramids of Egypt in size. Why, it was said that on a sunny day you could see them a-glittering from the Pacific coast, 350 miles east.

But one day the council made them bury the bottles.

And now there are only two things in Hebel (not counting the dust).

IN the early 1970s, writer, John Larkins and photographer, Bruce Howard went on a 40,000km pub crawl around Australia, telling their wives, “Don’t wait up!” With Larkins wonderful words, and Howards’ fabulous photos, they chronicled an amazing snap shot of Australian pub culture – many, both people and pubs, which have now gone. From that expedition they had published “Australian Pubs”. These are excerpts from the now out of print book.

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