Queensland hotels

Palace Hotel, Rockhampton

Treasure trove under bar-room floor ROCKHAMPTON, January 6: An extensive heap of beer bottles, tops, and corks, lying near the gutter outside an East Street hotel this morning provoked a wide range of thought from passers-by. During the course of… Read More ›


Serves ’em up fast, does Mollie…

Mollie Hanley, 19-year-old champion Townsville barmaid, pouring beer at the record rate of 18 glasses in 20 seconds. Townsville drinkers nominate her to beat any girl for speedy beer serving. – Wellington Times (NSW) Monday 17 January 1944  

Charters Towers’ pubs

  COLLINS’ EXCHANGE HOTEL. One of the institutions of Charters Towers is “Collins’,” perhaps the most widely-known of all North Queensland Hotels. The proprietors, Messrs. E. Collins and E. Tubbs, were mates in New South Wales and on Gympie, and… Read More ›

Shilling glass deposit

One Shilling deposit is demanded on these glasses being handed to beer drinkers in a Townsville hotel. No beer is served until all glasses are issued. If glass is chipped or broken drinker forfeits the shilling. – The Sun (Sydney, NSW) Friday 24 December 1943.  

Mt Isa beer strike

BOIL OVER Unable to Beer It Mount ISA, Saturday, The 12-months-old beer strike is over, but beer is still one shilling a pot, which means that for 12 dusty, dreary months Mount Isa has thirsted in vain. But to-day Mount… Read More ›

War time glass deposit

One Shilling deposit is demanded on these glasses being handed to beer drinkers in a Townsville hotel. No beer is served until all glasses are issued. If glass is chipped or broken drinker forfeits the shilling. – The Sun (Sydney, NSW)… Read More ›

Palace Hotel croc attack

CROCODILE IN STREET ATTACKS A CONSTABLE. BRISBANE, Friday. While two constables were walking along the main street of Townsville early yesterday morning, a crocodile, three and a half feet long, suddenly rose from the gutter, and snapped at a leg… Read More ›