The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
24 October 2001
One hundred and sixty Australian pubs are about to share $5 million of conservation funding, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, announced today.
Sharman Stone said that much-needed work to help conserve historic pubs outside capital cities is to be funded under the Commonwealth Government's Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program.
"Many of Australia's older pubs are showing their age and need help to keep them in good condition so that they can serve their communities and visitors well," Sharman Stone said.
"This funding will help modest and grand Australian pubs to undertake costly and often overdue repair work - anything from restoring verandahs and paintwork or restumping foundations to replacing roofing and removing 'ugly' additions."
"These pubs are very much a part of the life and history of their communities. Many have more intimate tales to tell about colourful aspects of the nation's history such as bushrangers, gold rushes, Cobb & Co, drovers, early Chinese miners, churches, shipwrecks and poets.
"They are part of our story as Australians and need to be looked after for the generations ahead. This program is one of the most practical ways of helping to achieve this as it supports the non-glamorous but vital conservation work that many of our pubs have long needed."
Sharman Stone said that the 160 currently licensed historic hotels had been selected for funding from a total of 578 applications. All were required to be more than 50 years old or entered on a Commonwealth, State, Territory, local government or National Trust list for their historical significance and were not to have gaming machines on their premises.
Grants ranged in size from $5000 to more than $100 000 and would be matched by contributions from the owners of each hotel.
"The Howard Government has recognised the importance of hotels to communities across the country".
* Please find attached a backgrounder on the successful hotels.
Simon Frost 0419 495 468
October 24, 2001
Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program
New South Wales
Highlights of the 12 successful NSW applications include:
- Back of Bourke Hotel, 2 Darling Street, North Bourke ($22 500) - the Back of Bourke Hotel sits beside the last lifting bridge across the Darling River still in use. It has close associations with the river's history and with Australian poets such as Henry Lawson, Breaker Morant and, more recently, Leonard Teale. Early aviators including Nancy Bird Walton also visited the hotel. Conservation work will include recladding the roof and replacing battens, failing guttering and down pipes.
- Bushranger Hotel, 24 Church Street, Collector ($18 300) - this hotel has the second oldest continuing licence in NSW. In 1865 it was held up by the bushrangers Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn resulting in the murder of the local policeman. The building is made from locally-quarried stone. Conservation work will focus on the fire escape, bar ceiling, floors, repairs to the stone wall and outside refurbishments.
- Tattersall's Hotel, Mitchell High, Barringun ($14 113) - Tattersall's Hotel has associations with poet Will Ogilvie and Breaker Morant as well as with James Cameron and the border survey of 1878. This building was originally on the Cobb & Co coach route and is now part of the Poets Trek. Conservation work will include paint and repair work to the exterior of the hotel including conservation of the exterior timbers.
- Royal Hotel Sofala, Denison Street, Sofala ($5415) - the Royal Hotel is the sole surviving hotel of the 44 that once traded in the Turon Valley. The hotel was built in 1862 when Sofala was the centre of the goldfields. The town itself is Australia's oldest surviving gold town. Conservation work will include painting the hotel's exterior and repairing damaged woodwork and replacing an aluminium servery window with a cedar window.
Other successful NSW hotels are:
- Pleasant Hills Community Hotel, Pleasant Hills ($26 600)
- Premer Hotel, Premer ($26 000)
- Commercial Hotel (Gundaroo Wine Bar), Gundaroo ($12 000)
- Jingellic - Bridge Hotel, Jingellic ($14 500)
- Westminster Hotel, Temora ($15 000)
- Homebush Hotel, Penarie Via Balranald ($22 000)
- Buckleys Crossing Hotel, Dalgety ($59 050)
- Commercial Hotel, Bundarra ($36 800)
One successful NT applicant:
- Daly Waters Pub, 105 Stuart Street, Daly Waters ($20 100) - used by World War II pilots and drovers alike, this pub has served the outback Northern Territory for more than 60 years. It is now a popular watering hole for both travellers and locals and is the epitome of the traditional country pub. Conservation work will include replacing the roof which is currently in very poor condition.
Highlights of the 24 successful Queensland applications include:
- Hotel Corones, 33 Wills Street, Charleville ($100 000) - the Corones is a heritage-listed hotel with marble flooring, lead-lighting, plaster ceilings, silky oak panelling and a silky oak staircase. It reflects the former enormous pastoral wealth of the Channel Country. The hotel is the first in Australia to be built by a Greek-born publican. It became the first caterer to the fledgling airline, Qantas. Its guests have included Amy Johnson, Gracie Fields, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Johnny O'Keefe and Princess Alexandria. Conservation work will focus on conserving the verandah.
- Cooktown Hotel, Cnr Charlotte and Walker Streets, Cooktown ($35 000) - located on a corner at the entrance to the town's business centre, the Cooktown Hotel is a good example of a two-storey timber country pub. It was built in 1889 at the end of the Palmer gold rush and is one of only three hotels to remain of the 47 which once served the district. Conservation work will include repairing damage caused by termites and dry rot.
- Western Star Hotel, 15 Albert Street, Windorah ($32 553) - the hotel is the oldest building in Windorah, a town of 100 people on the western side of Coopers Creek. Given the importance of cattle in the district and the remoteness of the township, the Western Star Hotel was a much sought after resting place for weary drovers. It is rumoured that the infamous cattle thief, Captain Starlight, either travelled past or stopped at the hotel. Conservation work will include restoring the original layout of the hotel and repair work to the foundations.
- Settler's Inn, 633 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba ($26 217) - the Inn was built in 1872 and was called the 'Free Settlers' until 1914 when it became the 'Oriental' named after the many market gardens that were tended by Chinese locals in the area. It is the only hotel in Toowoomba to retain its original verandahs. Conservation work will include removing and replacing the floorboards and rotten joists, replacing timber fire exit stairs and decks and repainting the exterior.
Other successful Queensland hotels are:
- Commercial Hotel, Stanthorpe ($79 000)
- Gregory Downs Hotel, Gulf Country ($17 500)
- Miners Arms Hotel, Torbanlea ($7 525)
- Barron Valley Hotel, Atherton ($50 000)
- Federal Hotel, Childers ($12 492)
- Mulgildie Hotel, Mulgildie ($17 500)
- Nebo Hotel, Nebo ($19 890)
- Grand Hotel, Many Peaks ($13 500)
- Railway Hotel, Barcaldine ($77 830)
- Royal Hotel, Bouldercombe ($69 000)
- Royal Mail Hotel, Hungerford ($20 000)
- Theebine Hotel, Theebine ($68 350)
- Warra Hotel, Warra ($10 000)
- Southbrook Hotel, Southbrook ($13 900)
- Crown Hotel Maryvale, Maryvale ($10 000)
- Club Hotel, Jandowae ($14 000)
- Empire Hotel, Roma ($25 275)
- Royal Hotel, Eronanga ($10,000)
- Downshire Arms Hotel, Mitchell ($31 422)
- Brookstead Hotel, Brookstead ($21 000)
Highlights of the 14 successful SA applications include:
- Cradock Hotel, Main Street, Cradock ($35 098) - Cradock has a population of five people, two of whom are proprietors of this hotel. This pub became known as 'Heartbreak Hotel' due to the early settlers' misery with continued crop failures. The grand stone building is almost all of what remains of a once flourishing (albeit short) rural settlement that was built on hope and the possibility of opportunity. Conservation work will focus on repairing the stone work.
- The Magpie and Stump Hotel, Burra Street, Mintaro ($15 300) - the hotel was first licensed in 1851 to service the bullock and mule teams transporting copper ore from the Burra Mines to Port Wakefield and the head of St Vincent's Gulf. Conservation work includes replacing the roof, gutters and purlins.
- The Caledonian Inn, 1 Victoria Street, Robe ($10 500) - Scotsman Peter McQueen built the Caledonian in 1859 from materials including doors and other timbers salvaged from wrecked ships along the coast. Guests have included poet Adam Lindsay Gordon and Melbourne Cup winner, Tommy Hales. Conservation work includes treating the building for salt damp, repointing the masonry and replastering and repainting.
Other successful South Australian hotels are:
- Light Hotel, Eudunda ($20 175)
- Prince of Wales Hotel, Kapunda ($11 535)
- Olary Hotel, Olary ($49 755)
- Eureka Hotel, Redhill ($25 837)
- Coburn Hotel, Cockburn ($54 610)
- Caltowie Hotel, Caltowie ($30 000)
- North Blinman Hotel, Blinman ($17 179)
- Manoora Hotel, Manoora ($27 000)
- Wanbi Hotel, Wanbi ($14 932)
- Port Germein Hotel, Port Germein ($53 580)
- Royal Oak Hotel, Clarendon ($13 500)
Highlights of the 10 successful Tasmanian applications include:
- Castle Hotel, 14 Patrick Street, Bothwell ($29 724) - this is a large Georgian style property which has been continuously licensed since 1829, making it one of the oldest continuously licensed hotels in Australia. It is the only remaining hotel in the town from the original four. Conservation work will include repointing mortar, replacing missing bricks, repairing guttering, refurbishing the roof.
- Bush Inn Hotel, 49-51 Montagu Street, New Norfolk ($15 000) - the Bush Inn is the oldest continually licensed hotel in Australia. It was licensed in 1825 to Mrs Ann Bridger. In 1835 local preachers practised in the hotel and the Christening font remains there today as a reminder of this period. The first telephone call in the Commonwealth was made to the Bush Inn from the Hobart exchange in 1888 and the first call to London was made in 1939. Conservation work will upgrade bathroom facilities and will include repairing and painting.
Other successful Tasmanian hotels are:
- Union Hotel Stanley, Stanley ($55 500)
- Man O'Ross Hotel, Ross ($15 500)
- Exchange Hotel, Beaconsfield ($20 690)
- Franklin Tavern, Franklin ($29 948)
- St Columba Falls Hotel (Pub In The Paddock), Pyengana ($10 650)
- Club Hotel, Burnie ($100 000)
- Blenheim Inn Hotel, Longford ($40 000)
- Commercial Hotel, Cygnet ($12 925)
Highlights of the 64 successful Victorian applications include:
- The Star of the West Hotel, 76 Sackville Street, Port Fairy ($65 650) - this two-storey hotel was built in 1856 on a major cross-road in the town. It has been described as a 'landmark building, in terms of its visual prominence, architectural style and location, its historical importance and as a modern day popular icon'. Cobb & Co coaches once departed from the hotel. Conservation work will include restoring the facade.
- The Blue Duck Inn Hotel, Omeo Highway, Anglers Rest ($55 000) - The Blue Duck Inn was built in 1910 as a resting place for miners walking to the isolated gold mines in the Mt Wills area. It is situated on the banks of the Cobungra River, 29 km from the nearest town. It sits next to the historic Cobungra River timber bridge. Conservation work will include renovating accommodation areas.
- Devenish Community Hotel, 24 Mains Street, Devenish ($21 914) - the hotel has been the main business of this small rural service town since the 1870s. On 1 July 200, the community banded together and bought the hotel as an asset and to create local employment opportunities. The hotel is the town's most historic building. Conservation work will include electrical and plumbing work as well as repairs to floors and brickwork.
- Benambra Hotel, Cnr of Gibbo and Foster Streets, Benambra ($21 400) - this hotel is believed to have started around 1886 as an illegal wine shanty operated by 'Ma Murphy'. Its original hand-dug water well remains intact. Conservation work includes restumping parts of the building and restoring the original water well and windmill.
Other successful Victorian hotels are:
- Empire Hotel, Beechworth ($19 435)
- Railway Hotel, Bunyip ($29 287)
- Shamrock Hotel, Rochester ($53 000)
- Poachers Paradise Hotel, Rutherglen ($31 979)
- Guildford Hotel, Guildford ($49 646)
- Hotel Rochester, Rochester ($31 000)
- Kingston Inn, Kingston ($25 192)
- Stag Hotel, Learmonth ($50 000)
- Royal Standard Hotel, Toora ($19 406)
- Koetong Hotel, Koetong ($19 000)
- Koroit Hotel, Koroit ($43 970)
- Kirkstall Hotel, Kirkstall ($23 768)
- Lake View Hotel, Ballarat ($20 000)
- Euroa Hotel, Euroa ($24 438)
- Redmans On High, Echuca ($27 794)
- Birchip Commercial Hotel, Birchip ($10 800)
- Mount Shadwell Hotel, Mortlake ($33 668)
- Mallee Fowl Hotel, Murrayville ($44 125)
- The White Hart Hotel, Longwood ($10 269)
- Exchange Hotel, Kerang ($12 000)
- Elephant Bridge Hotel, Darlington ($51 900)
- Royal Hotel, Portland ($16 740)
- Leitchville Hotel, Leitchville ($12 860)
- Royal Hotel, Queenscliff ($47 250)
- Moliagul Hotel, Moliagul ($9 700)
- Undera Hotel, Undera ($17 511)
- Portarlington Grand Hotel, Portarlington ($100 000)
- Farmers Home Hotel, Lindenow ($61 740)
- The Club Hotel, Kyneton ($20 000)
- Commercial Hotel, Wood's Point ($30 000)
- Broadford Hotel, Broadford ($7 600)
- Scully's Hotel, Korongvale ($11 750)
- Royal Hotel, Sea Lake ($45 815)
- Bay View Hotel, Geelong ($22 915)
- The Historic Marlo Hotel and Country Retreat, Marlo ($35 000)
- Reefton Hotel, McMahons Creek ($25 319)
- Pakenham Hotel, Pakenham ($20 000)
- The Blackduck Hotel, Campbelltown ($35 000)
- Canberra Hotel, Ballarat ($7 948)
- Star Hotel, Yackandandah ($17 500)
- Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong ($21 000)
- Country Club Hotel, Yea ($70 000)
- Eskdale Hotel, Eskdale ($5 850)
- The Criterion Hotel, Tatura ($20 000)
- Criterion Hotel, Castlemaine ($47 000)
- Vine Hotel, North Wangaratta ($70 000)
- Glenrowan Hotel, Glenrowan ($15 900)
- Victoria Hotel, Ouyen ($36 154)
- The Woolshed Inn, Hexham ($13 000)
- Delatite Hotel, Mansfield ($9 850)
- Swiss Mountain Hotel, Blampied ($11 500)
- Nyora Hotel, Nyora ($20 000)
- Nelson Hotel, Nelson ($7 875)
- Caves Hotel, Buchan ($23 000)
- Caledonian Inn Hotel Motel, Port Fairy ($16 400)
- Court House Hotel, Ararat ($40 000)
- Frenchman's Inn Hotel, Cressy (54 563)
- Little River Inn Hotel, Ensay ($31 575)
- Royal Mail Hotel, Birregurra ($18 065)
- Dooen Hotel, Dooen ($31 825)
Highlights of the 36 successful Western Australian applications include:
- New Norcia Hotel, Great Northern Highway, New Norcia ($31 300) - the New Norcia Hotel in the historic New Norcia monastery town was built in 1926 as a hostel, its architect being the Benedictine monk, Fr Urbano Giminez. The Benedictine Community took over the hotel business in 1998. It is the only hotel in Australia to be owned and operated by a religious community. Conservation work will focus on replacing guttering and downpipes as well as repairing large windows on the main landing of the central stairwell.
- Priory Lodge Historic Inn, Saint Dominics Road, Dongara ($19 365) - this inn was built in 1881 from limestone rubble. It was bought in 1902 by the Founding Order of the Dominican Nuns in Australia, became the Mother Convent and was renamed St Dominic's Priory. From 1926 to 1971 it was run as the Dominican Ladies College. New owners later restored the inn and its license and renamed the building the Priory Lodge Historic Inn. Conservation work aims to regain original features which have been covered, replaced and/or modernised.
- Dwellingup Community Hotel, Marrinup Street, Dwellingup ($18 150) - this hotel was built by the State Government to foster the fledgling community of Dwellingup at the start of the 20th Century. The building survived the Dwellingup fire in 1961 which wiped out most of the town. The pub is the town's main community centre and has been bought by the community. Conservation work will focus on repairing the dining room roof and upgrading exits and signs.
- Greenhills Inn, Greenhills Road, Greenhills, York ($10 951) - the Greenhills Inn was built in 1910 by WA's first female publican, May Anne McMullan. It is now the town's only hotel. Conservation work will focus on replacing the corrugated iron roof and gutters.
Other successful Western Australian hotels are:
- The Recreation Hotel, Boulder ($62 750)
- Coorow Hotel, Coorow ($56 155)
- Spencer's Brook Tavern, Spencer's Brook ($97 500)
- Ora Banda Historic Inn, Ora Banda ($43 380)
- Corrigin Hotel, Corrigin ($71 500)
- Darkan Hotel, Darkan ($10 000)
- Victoria Hotel, Collie ($53 179)
- Kalgoorlie Hotel, Kalgoorlie ($40 000)
- Woodanilling Tavern. Woodanilling ($30 668)
- Menzies Hotel, Menzies ($32 500)
- Cuballing Tavern, Cuballing ($32 129)
- Freemasons Hotel, Geraldton ($47 966)
- Highbury Tavern, Highbury ($11 000)
- Freemasons Hotel, Toodyay ($31 900)
- Burlington Hotel, Bunbury ($97 000)
- Palace Hotel Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie ($90 000)
- Hampton Arms Inn, Greenough ($21 000)
- Grass Valley Tavern, Grass Valley ($12 000
- Yanchep Inn, Yanchep ($48 181)
- Main Reef Tavern, Boulder ($14 000)
- Quairading Hotel , Quairading ($21 000)
- Exchange Hotel, Kalgoorlie ($49 000)
- Metropole Hotel, Boulder ($27 250)
- Walkaway Tavern, Walkaway ($15 380)
- Rose Hotel, Bunbury ($20 000)
- Quinninup Tavern, Quinninup ($8 645)
- Denver City Hotel, Coolgardie ($16 000)
- Club Hotel Southern Cross, Southern Cross ($17 715)
- Lake Yealering Hotel, Yealering ($24 000)
- Dongara Motor Hotel, Dongara ($30 300)
- Bolgart Hotel, Bolgart ($5 398)
- Augusta Hotel Motel, Augusta ($73 500)