Australian Hotels

Mine’s a ‘Lady Blamey’: Beer served-up in cut-off beer bottles

By MICK ROBERTS © WALKING the mine-field of the various names of beer glass-sizes in Australia can be tricky – especially when you’re from inter-state. There’s the butcher, the handle, a pot, middy, and, of course, the schooner. While many… Read More ›

Hobart’s Liverpool Street was ‘infested with prostitutes’ and pubs that were the ‘worst dens of infamy’

By MICK ROBERTS © COLONIAL Hobart was home to some of the most notorious pubs, not only in Tasmania, but all of Australia. With odd names, like the Pickwick Tavern, Labor in Vain, Good Woman, Lame Horse, Surely We Have… Read More ›

Hobart’s hoteliers founded Australia’s first industry advocacy group

THE Australian Hotels Association (AHA) had its beginnings in Tasmania when a group of Hobart licensed victuallers, including ex-convict and host of the Tasmanian Inn, David Watson Bush, met to consider how best to promote and protect their businesses. The… Read More ›

The Aussie pub named after a French president: The Cropper family’s two bush pubs

By MICK ROBERTS © THE Cropper family had a tragic start as hoteliers in the New England region of NSW. The family helped establish the historic Marshal MacMahon Hotel at Wallabadah, about 18 kilometres south of Tamworth, when William Cropper… Read More ›

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