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  • Tilpa’s two pubs

      THE pub at Tilpa has more than a century of stories under its belt; although none can top that of the man who built the single storey tin and timber wayside stop, late in the 19th century. Known to… Read More ›

  • Before The Cross there was Wynyard

    LONG before Kings Cross gained the reputation as Sydney’s number one trouble spot for drunken behaviour, which lead to the controversial lock-out laws, the streets around Wynyard earned a similar status. Police described Wynyard “one of the most undignified public… Read More ›

  • Beer taster Bee

    Drunk again, eh sarge? Ex-Police Sergeant Alfred Bee, of St. John’s Home, Toowong, used to be paid to get drunk one day a week. Each Sunday, he used to stagger from one Brisbane hotel to another until he had to… Read More ›

  • Surfers Paradise Hotel, Southport

    LARGE HOTEL DESTROYED Damage Estimated at £30,000 PRIVATEL ZOO SAVED. Brisbane, Monday: The well known Surfers Paradise Hotel near Southport was destroyed by fire early this morning. The hotel was destroyed, with the exception of a number of detached living cabins and a comprehensive private zoo. The damage is… Read More ›

  • Fitzroy Brewery, Rockhampton

    The Fitzroy Brewery was the longest running brewery in country Queensland, spanning a period of 96 years. The brewery was established by Frederick E. Russell in 1880 in partnership with A. L. Bourcicault in Quay Street about midway between Fitzroy… Read More ›

  • The lure of the brewery

    This morning a city brewery announced three vacancies, and the photo shows the response up to 9am, though they weren’t asked to call till 11. Had it been a tea plantation, would the response have been the same roll-up? – The… Read More ›

  • Towers Brewery, Charters Towers

    BEER BOILER FOR TOWERS BREWERY. Capacity, 45 Hogheads of Liquid. Made in eight days by Walton Bros. and Millgate, Charters Towers. – The North Queensland Register (Townsville) Wednesday 28 October 1896. The Towers Brewery was established by J. A. Benjamin… Read More ›

  • Died after a boom…

    IT is difficult to find a place in Australia where there is not someone, who, at some time or other, has been connected in some way, with the old mining village of Hill End (NSW). This is not to be… Read More ›

  • 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 ›

  • Metropolitan Hotel, Paddington

    By MICK ROBERTS © James Alfred Saunders opened the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the corner of Underwood and McGarvie Streets at Paddington in 1881. A magnificent building, it survives today as the E.J. Ward Paddington Community Centre. There are many stories… Read More ›