Tasmania hotels

Tassie’s mushroom pub

Its walls collapsing and roof gone, this historic hotel on the Midlands Highway, near Jericho, is disappearing fast. Alongside it are the ruined stables where generations ago coach horses were changed. The building has been vacant for two years. Since then it… Read More ›

Pugnacious publican

The New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst Street Hobart, Tasmania. Photo: Google Streetview Richard Morrison, a cabman, obtained a verdict of £5 against George Eaves, licenee of the New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst street, Hobart in the Supreme Court today. The evidence Fix… Read More ›

The 1929 Launceston flood

THE Inveresk and York Park Precinct in Launceston, Tasmania, once Tasmania’s largest industrial site, is now the major cultural heart of the city. In April 1929, the worst flood in Tasmanian history hit the Launceston area, lasting several days. Heavy rains… Read More ›

The Six O’Clock Swill

THE six o’clock swill was an Australian and New Zealand slang term for the rush to buy drinks at the pub before closing time. During a significant part of the 20th century, most Australian pubs turned off the beer at 6pm, which… Read More ›

Pub scrap album

PUBS often featured in the pages of newspapers, revealing a fascinating glimpse into the workings and culture of Australian communities and in particular working class men and women. Here are a selection: FOR 44 years she has served beer. In… Read More ›