Commodore Hotel, North Sydney

THERE’S a modern looking pub trading at McMahon’s Point, North Sydney that gives no indication of its interesting connection with Colonial Sydney. John Blue was granted a license for a two-storey sandstone inn on March 7 1854. He named his… Read More ›


Waterworks Hotel, Botany

THE Waterworks Hotel at Botany will reach a significant milestone next year when it marks its 150 year anniversay. Named after the nearby Sydney Waterworks, which was established in 1858, the little pub at the corner of Bay Street and… Read More ›

Tabulam Hotel, Tabulam

JIM Jordan was known as “The Prince of Hotelkeepers”. He had the Tabulam Hotel, in the far north-east of NSW, between Tenterfield and Casino, on the Clarence River from 1909 until his death in 1925. Jim’s reputation for giving free accommodation… Read More ›

How to pull a beer

  THIS week an American visitor complained of the way beer is served in Sydney hotels – This week 27 barmaids and barmen employed by a well-known Sydney hotelkeeper, received with their pay envelopes, instructions on the art of pulling… Read More ›

The Singing Publican

  By MICK ROBERTS © A FLAMBOYANT opera singer, who gained his stage name from actress Ann Sheridan, was the publican responsible for giving Jamberoo its English Tudor style pub. The larger than life character is said to have renovated… Read More ›

Belmore Hotel, Belmore

THE Belmore Hotel began business controversially in 1928. Parramatta publican, Harry Gadd transferred his license of the Gate House Hotel to the corner of Burwood Road and Tobruk Avenue Belmore in Sydney’s inner-west on August 14 1928. The 51-year-old publican… Read More ›