Illawarra Hotels

The Hotel Illawarra’s First Ladies

By MICK ROBERTS © THE host of the Illawarra Hotel, Hilda Condon brought a touch of glamour to the New South Wales Liquor Royal Commission. The Wollongong socialite splashed a little razzle-dazzle – with her trademark styled blue hair, expensive… Read More ›

‘Terrible place, a pub with no beer’… The ‘schooner war’ and beer rationing

By MICK ROBERTS ©  “THERE’S nothin’ so lonesome, morbid or drear, than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer”; so goes the lyrics made famous by legendary country music entertainer, the late, great Slim Dusty. Slim Dusty’s… Read More ›

Kiwi publican hosted Sydney’s grandest hotels before murdering his wife and taking his own life

By MICK ROBERTS © THE life of one of Sydney’s most successful publicans, a man who hosted some of the harbour city’s grandest tourist hotels, ended tragically in 1935 after he murdered his wife while she slept, and he then… Read More ›

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