Armidale’s International: Once popular with thirsty railwaymen, stock salesmen and drovers

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International Hotel, Armidale, NSW, 1924. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.

SADLY relegated to the pages of history, the International Hotel was located in Niagara-street, Armidale, NSW.

During the 1920s the freehold of the pub was owned by William Joseph Doyle.

Arthur William Chapman was licensee when the hotel was forced to shut-shop by the NSW Licensing Reduction Board. Its bar ran dry and its closed for business on June 30 1928.

When the International closed for business in 1928 there were 14 hotels trading in Armidale, which had a population of between 6,000 and 7,000. in the broader police district, which had an estimated population of 10,200, here were 18 pubs.

The International was just outside the Armidale municipality, and at the time of its closure, was the only pub “on the other side of the rail line”.

The International Hotel served railwaymen, stock salesmen and drovers.

It seems to have now been demolished. I’m unsure of where it traded on Niagara Street, and would appreciate any help to nail down its exact location.


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