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Victoria hotels

Wedderburn Hotel, Wedderburn

By MICK ROBERTS © THERE was little chance of getting a beer, let alone a room, in Wedderburn’s two pubs when gold fever gripped the sleepy farming township in March 1950. A resident unearthed a 175-ounce nugget of gold in… Read More ›

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Glory that was…

Many towns in Australia are but shadows of what they were in the “good old days,” but surely Woods Point (Vic.) beats, them all. According to official figures compiled in the hey-day of gold-mining, it was an evangelist’s heaven. There… Read More ›

Tiny pubs

ONE of Australia’s smallest hotels was said to be at Allendale, near Ballarat in Victoria. The pub measured 8 yards [7.3 metres] by 8 yards and was known as the Allendale Hotel. A signboard outside the one bar, one bedroomed… Read More ›

Burton Hotel, Manoora

Keeping the constable’s beer cool THE transfer recently of a senior constable, to a northern Victorian town calls to mind an amusing incident that occurred years ago when the senior, before his promotion, was a constable on street duty in… Read More ›

Grim coincidence

WILLIAM Morrow was employed by the Melbourne Harbour Trust to look after the Dredge Latrobe. The 56-year-old single man lived on board the dredge. One evening in June 1910 he went up into Yarraville to buy some groceries, bought them,… Read More ›

Victoria Hotel, Geelong

Sucked Beer Through Garden Hose MELBOURNE, Tuesday. – The story of the disappearance of a nine-gallon barrel of beer from the Victoria Hotel, Geelong, on May 5, and the subsequent discovery of five men seated round the barrel sucking the… Read More ›