Publicans

Publican to the miners: ‘Bold Mac’, of the Murchison goldfields

John McManaway was a famed Western Australian publican, who hosted three pubs to the heavy drinking miners of the Murchison goldfields. Known far and wide as ‘Bold McManaway’, or simply ‘Mac’, the Irishman was said to have feared nothing, was always up-for-a-fight –… Read More ›

Two resilient landladies, two remarkable women: Tattersall’s Hotel, Barringun

ONCE a landmark on the lonely road from Bourke to Queensland, flames and controversy have abruptly ended over 130 years of history at Barringun’s Tattersall’s Hotel. The original historic timber inn was tragically reduced to ashes on Christmas Eve 2017… Read More ›

Body of forward thinking hotelier exhumed after suspicious death

The death of pioneering publican Reg Tolley By MICK ROBERTS © THE suspicious death of a publican, who was pioneering improvements in the drinking habits of Australians, made headlines around the country in 1952 when detectives ordered the exhumation of… Read More ›

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