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This page contains notes, in alphabetical order, on a number of Hotels that appear in the
Hotels Publicans Licences D-M

This Page is the work of Rusheen Craig


Darling Hotel, Lethero - part of Old Tarcoola, Darling River.

Dansie has listed the Darling and the Tarangara as the same hotel. This was not the case. The Darling Hotel was on Lethero on the eastern side of the Darling River (except for one short period), while the Tarangara Hotel was on Tarangara , present-day Camborn station, on the western side of the river.

The Tarangara Hotel was opened by Griffiths in 1867 and held by him until 1870 when it was taken over by Fox. After 1871 the license lapsed.

Lehman opened the Darling Hotel in 1869, so it was operating on different premises at the same time as the Tarangara Hotel. The Darling Hotel was in the Lehmann family to 1887. Garraway held the hotel from 1888 to 1892. It was then, with Garrett Byrnes as publican, that the hotel - still called the Darling Hotel - moved over the river to Tarangara, the Homestead Lease of the Byrnes family, where it remained from 1892 to 1894. Garrett then took the license for the hotel back across the river to a position "on the Darling River on the Wentworth to Pooncarie road" for 1895 to 1896; subsequent licensees for the hotel on that site being Cox, Morpeth, and Topp.

Sports at the Darling Hotel.
Seeing in your last issue of the Federal Standard an account of a cricket match, Burtundy v. Conorgie, played at Mr Weaver's "Studley", I hasten to let you know something of the doings of Mr Garrett Byrnes' Darling Hotel on Tuesday last 17th of "Auld Ireland".

The day being all that could be wished for outdoor sports, a very liberal programme was posted up, consisting of a Sheffield Handicap of 130 yards - won by F. Weaver from the seven yard mark, A. Leary from scratch coming a good second. Other races were run, each and all, with close and exciting finishes; in fact, those that were lucky enough to be present at the Sports, spent a really good time, for I must tell you that the day's proceedings began with a cricket match, sides being picked by Mr A. Leary and our energetic schoolmaster Mr E. Sykes.

I must say that we had a really good day, and great praise is due to hostess Byrnes for the way she looked after the wants of the inner man, and wound things up with a good dance, which all seemed to enjoy.
( Federal Standard and Western Districts Advocate, March 28, 1896.)

Cricket From Our Correspondent : Pooncarie Vs Conorgie. ......I find the above teams playing a well contested match on the oval at the Darling Hotel grounds, which is the convincing ground for the players of the Conorgie Cricket Club.

Early in the forenoon, the visitors commence to arrive, some riding, some in four-wheelers, others in wallaby carts, but, as far as I could see, none on the humble but rapid bike. Besides the players, a number of visitors honoured the grounds with their presence, beauty being largely represented by a number of the gentler sex, who graced the holiday scene.

The pitch was specially prepared by the captain of the Conorgie team, who, being an enthusiast in the manly game, devoted a lot of time to levelling the bumps and filling up the depressions on the playing ground, and thus making an excellent wicket which remained good throughout the match, not-withstanding the catapult-like deliveries which were indulged in by the bowlers from both sides. The captain's of the respective teams were the teachers' schools, both of whom are gentleman who adopt a laudable example of identifying themselves with the outdoor sports of their charges as well as training their minds when in school. The scoring arrangements were provided for by the hometown and consisted of a table set up under an umbrageous eucalyptus in a convenient position.

The visitors went to the wickets, and after they were disposed of, all hands retired to the capacious marquee erected for the occasion by Host Garrett Byrnes, where they disposed of the good dinner provided by the host even more rapidly than the Pooncarie cricketers were disposed of.

.....The Conorgie men found themselves the winners of the match by an innings and a few runs to spare. The Pooncarie men laboured under the disadvantage of having some of their best men unavoidably absent.....During the afternoon both teams were entertained al fresco with afternoon tea under one of the big box trees adjacent to the ground.

After the match the fun became fast and furious, and remained so until well into the evening when some of the visitors began to talk about making a start for home.
( Federal Standard and Western Districts Advocate, April 11, 1896.)

Garrett Byrnes - Publican Darling Hotel 1892-1896/7.
His daughter Cecelia recalled, "He was a great big figure of a man; ask anybody the length of the Darling and they'll be able to tell you all about him." Cecelia was 96 years old at the time - so we didn't try to follow her advice.

Garrett was the second son of Daniel and Ellen Byrnes (see Pine-tree Hotel). Soon after the Burke and Wills exploratory expedition had left their excess baggage with the Byrnes family, the Byrnes followed them into Menindie. It was in this tiny settlement that Garrett was born on 22nd December,1860.

He was to spend all his life close to or along the Darling River, as a Contractor, a Homestead Lessee, a Publican and a Grazier. His first property in 1885 was a tiny 40 acres on the northern side of Lake Victoria, on the route to Adelaide. Here he met his wife-to-be Ellen O'Brien who was working with her uncle Thomas on the vast Lake Victoria Station.

The Lands Dept records show that Garrett held the Homestead Lease of Tarangara (Part of Para Run, present day Camborn) from 1886 to 1896. He built two houses there; Ellen and other family members had children there. Yet the Electoral records show Tarangara passing over to his father Daniel by 1893, while Garrett took out the Publican's License for the Darling Hotel in 1892.An additional complication was the location of the hotel. It was usually on the eastern side of the Darling River, on the Wentworth to Pooncarie road. Yet, according to the Gazette, when Garrett took out the license it appears to have been moved across the river to Tarangara on the western side. After three years, with Garrett still in charge, it resumed its original premises.

By 1896 Tarangara was sold, and Garrett had applied for the Homestead Lease on the back track Menindie to Wilcannia, 100 miles from Broken Hill and 30 miles from Menindie. He called it Erin, and his stock were branded with the shamrock.

Ten years later, he took over his brother John Thomas' 1897 HL Byrnesdale. In 1859 this area had been called Corega or Korkreiga and had been owned by the explorer John McKinley. It was Camp 36 on Burke and Wills' 1860 expedition, or Camp 37 on Becker's map; it includes the gorge in which Burke's Cave is situated.

Garrett's final property was the155,156 acre Glenariff, near Byrock, in the Bourke area. It carried 12,000 sheep, 60 head of cattle and 24 of Garret's much loved horses. Garret was returning from buying stock, when he took ill on board ship, was taken to Sydney Hospital, and died of enteric fever in February 1912, aged only 51 years. Having spent all his life in the outback, he is buried at Waverley cemetery, overlooking the ocean. ( Craig Rusheen, The History of the Byrnes Family, Unpublished.)

Death : COX : On 2nd Oct. at the residence of Mrs Hippisley, Darling Street, Wentworth, Lillian Helena, infant daughter of Charles and E. Cox of the Darling Hotel, Conorgie. Aged 7 weeks. ( Federal Standard, Wentworth, Oct. 9, 1897.)

George Lambert took over the hotel for a time after his marriage to Edith Barraclough in 1894 (possibly after 1897), although it was more often operated by his brother Dave Lambert. While the Dave lambert family was living there, in 1909, their six-years old daughter, Mary Ruth, took ill, and died as she was being readied for transport to medical aid. She is buried in a marked grave at Studley.(Linda Barraclough and Josianne Smith: Kapana: A Place on the River )

Darling Inn, confluence of Darling and Murray Rivers (? Darling Junction Hotel)

Annual Licensing Meeting of the Lower Darling held at Euston in April 1853. No 788 Publican's License granted to James McLEOD for the "Darling Inn", Lower Darling.
Sureties each giving 50: William GIBBS of Euston; Henry WILLIAMS of Murray River.
(Butts and Certificates of Publicans' Licenses, 19 Apr 1853)

No 35 Publican's License issued 16 May 1854 to James McLEOD for the "Darling Inn" at the confluence of the Darling and Murray Rivers.
Sureties each giving 50- Henry WILLIAMS of Gol Gol Creek; Albion GIBBS of Euston; each giving 50.
(Butts and Certificates of Publicans' Licenses, April 1853 - May 1854)

Either James McLeod or Bates is said by Tulloch to have been the first white man to come to the Wentworth junction. While Tulloch says that first hotel at the Junction was a slab and bark shanty, he gives the first licensed premises as the Darling Inn, opening in April of 1853 by John McLeod [ Given as James McLeod above].

The story about John McGeorge starting the first inn in the early 1850s is wrong. James McLeod was the innkeeper when the steamer The Lady Augusta visited Wentworth in 1853. Thomas McGeorge followed McLeod and there was an even earlier person named in one of the early Wentworth histories, Thomas Carr. Thomas McGeorge certainly owned the property at Section 23 Allotment 3 on which the original inns operated. His name was on the list of buildings prior to the drawing of the Town Plan. The first auction was held at his hotel and he became the owner of the site with his name shown on the early map of the town. He purchased the second site, Section 24 Lot 1 and the Deniliquin Pastoral Times reported the opening of the new hotel in Edition 15 March 1861 with particular mention that ‘it had a commercial room’. (Crang Maud. email: maudcran[at]

In 1902 a reporter for the Sydney Mail interviewed 80 year old Mr William Betts about the history of Wentworth. From Betts he learned that IN 1848 McLEOD AND McPHERSON ERECTED THE FIRST BUILDING IN THE TOWN - A HOTEL. Mr Betts, who helped to form Mildura station in 1847, was often across the Murray, and saw the establishment of the town. Until the boundaries of the three colonies - New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia - were determined the owner of the hotel sold liquor undisturbed, without a licence.The first white woman who came in the district was Mrs Betts in 1857. The second building in the town was a store, owned by Captain Cadell, who came up from Adelaide in his steamer, the Lady Augusta, the pioneer boat on the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers. [The Sydney Mail, January 4, 1902.]

McLeod also built a punt and started a ferry service across the Darling River, about half a mile above the confluence of the Darling with the Murray. As the Junction became a popular route for prospectors from South Australia to the Victorian goldfields, his businesses prospered - the profits from the hotel were ample compensation for the fact that he was legally prohibited from charging fares on the ferry. From 1854, a court of petty sessions sat at Moorna, making it much easier to deal with minor cases rather than having to travel all the way to Goulburn to the nearest court to have the case heard.By the end of the 1850s police troopers patrolled the area suppressing illegal brewing. [Bobbie Hardy. West of the Darling]

James McLeod opened a public house in a substantial log building half a mile upstream from the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers (Maxine Withers, Bushmen of the Great Anabranch). On 9 April 1856, a poll was held at the Darling Junction Inn to elect two members for the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. Afterwards...five resolutions concerning river navigation...were proposed and seconded by George Fletcher, Hugh Jamieson, George Perry, John McKinlay, Carstairs of Mallara, McLean of Polia, Cameron of Neilpo and Malcolm McLennan.

see also Junction Inn, Wentworth


Denver City Hotel, Broken Hill.

John Elliott opened the Denver City Hotel in 1887. At first he leased the premises from George Fraser, but he made so much profit in the first year (Dansie) that he was able to purchase the hotel and its contents for 12,000. Despite the fire that destroyed the building on 5th November 1888, Elliott's license continued to 1892.

Dansie gives Michael RIDGE the license for the Denver City Hotel for 1897 to 1899. The Gazette has Thomas William SUPPLE for 1898; it gives RIDGE the Australian Club Hotel for 1896-1897/8 and then the Denver City Hotel for 1898/9.

A General Meeting of Shareholders in the Lucky Find C.M. Syndicate will be held on 21st inst., at Elliott's (Denver City Hotel). Business - to consider Articles of Association and any other business that may be brought forward. All applicants money must be paid on, or before, the night of the meeting. S.H.B. Prior, Secretary pro tem.

Millionaire S.M. Syndicate - A Meeting of the members of this syndicate will be held at Elliott's Hotel on Tuesday. Business important. The Scrip will be ready for issue on Monday, when the Allotment Fee will be due and must be paid. Matthew Rodda, Secretary pro tem.
( Broken Hill Argus, Feb. 20th, 1888.)

Druidism - Meeting at Elliott's ( Denver City) Hotel for the purpose of forming a branch lodge of the Ancient Order of Druids. Past Arch, E. Mulley was in the Chair and there was a good muster of members of the Order, as well as a list of new members. ( Broken Hill Argus, April 17th, 1888.)

( Late of the Pig and Whistle )
Begs to notify to all the boys and the public generally that he has taken the above-named popular Hotel, where he hopes by strict attention to business to secure a fair share of the patronage so liberally afforded to his predecessor.
Simms' Beer on draught.
Best Brands Wine and Spirits.
Good Accommodation.
                                                                                    W.H. NEWTON, Proprietor.
( Silver Age, Broken Hill, Aug.1,1892, Advertisement.)

( See also Silver King Hotel, Broken Hill.)


Donnybrook Fair, Darlington.

No 308 Publican's License issued to P.McMANUS for the "Donnybrook Fair", Darlington
(Butts and Certificates of Publicans' Licenses, April 1854 - May 1855)


Double Gates Hotel, Cobar/Wilcannia
Bulgoo Run, 28 miles from Cobar, Wilcannia Road

This hotel at one stage provided facilities for the Polling Booth, as this photograph in the State Library of NSW shows:

Polling Booth. Double Gates Hotel. Hotel meat house and store room converted for election. c.1914.


Downie's Family Hotel see Tattersall's Hotel, Milparinka District, Tibooburra.


Drovers' Arms Hotel, Booligal.

Drover's Arms,
Settlers and Overlanders will find Accommodation
unequalled in the district,
both for self and horse,
at the above Hotel.
NEIL McCOLL, Proprietor.
(Pastoral Times and Deniliquin Telegraph, July 5, 1861.)

Farrigill Joseph Boyle - Publican of Drover's Arms Hotel 1903-1907.
Farrigill Joseph Boyle was the fifth of ten children, and the first Australian-born child of his Irish parents, Charles and Sarah. They had arrived in Australia on the "Helen" in 1841. He was baptised John Farrigal Boyle at Goulburn on 25 June 1842. Charles and Sarah worked at Walla Walla Station in the Upper Lachlan, NSW until the family moved to Bendigo, Victoria in 1852, following the gold rush. Perhaps they found gold, because Charles bought land at Splitters Creek near Bendigo and built the Homebush Hotel. Farigill was sent to St Patricks College in Melbourne. He signed his name "Farigill Joseph Boyle" when he married Rose Coyle in May 1868. His father died in September 1868, and Farigill ran the Homebush Hotel in Victoria together with his brother Michael until it was sold in 1871.

Farigill then moved to the Hay district. He worked at Wallaby Station in 1873, and was a carrier at Booligal in 1877. He moved from Booligal to Hay for a while from 1885, then lived at various places in the Hay district until 1892 when he leased land at Jumping Sandhills Well. The family lived at Sandhills until 1902.

In December 1903 Farigill took over the licence of the Drovers Arms Hotel at Booligal. In May 1904 his daughter Mary Boyle and ward Kate Coyle were married in a double ceremony at the Hotel. He was listed on the Commonwealth electoral roll for Hay as a hotel keeper in 1906, together with his wife Rose. He left the Hotel in 1907 and it was pulled down in 1939.

The family moved to Hay in about 1915. Farrigill was engaged in droving and boundary riding on properties around the district. In 1918 he contracted pneumonia and died. His grave in the Hay Cemetery is unmarked.
(Jean Ffrench: email jeanffrench[at] )

H. WINEBERG, of the Drovers' Arms Hotel, Booligal, has secured the use of the Booligal Hall, and fitted it up as a Commodious SAMPLE ROOM.
( The Riverine Grazier, Hay, Jan. 3, 1899, Advertisement.)


Drover's Arms Hotel, Menindie and West End Hotel, Menindie.

The West End Hotel, Menindee was originally the Drover's Arms. It was built in 1877 on the corner of Nora and Cadell Streets Menindee on the south west corner. The builder was H.Gillett who married Eliza Maiden. The name was changed to the West End about 1883. The hotel was closed by the Licensing Board after the 1924 enquiry which sought to limit the number of hotels in the district.
(Mary Wilson: Email mewilson[at] )

The Drover's Arms was actually built even earlier - in 1871. Gillett held the license 1871 to 1873. Dansie has the next licensee as John Samuel Maiden 1874-1878; George Maiden 1878. The Gazette gives the license to Samuel Maiden (no John) 1874/5; William Maiden 1875-1877/8. William Maiden was the last licensee for the Drover's Arms Hotel.

If this hotel became the West End Hotel there was a big gap between the 1878 end of the Drover's Arms and the 1883 start of the West End Hotel. Dansie's publicans for the West End Hotel correspond with those from the Gazette; he extends Alice Smith's license to 1903, and goes on to give the licenses to Lycurgus Underdown 1907-1912; Henry A.Bourne 1912-1915; Harriett Williams 1915-1921.

It is possible that the premises, used for the Drover's Arms Hotel 1874 to 1878, could have been taken over by Maiden's Hotel 1879 to 1881/2; these premises then going on to become the West End Hotel from 1883.



Dry Lake Hotel see Turf Hotel, Bourke.


Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Broken Hill.

For a photograph and a description of the building - See :;place_id=576


Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Booligal.

(Late of Hay)
C.S. assures his friends and the public that all things necessary for
the comfort of visitors staying at the Hotel will be attended to by him in person.
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, July 12, 1875, Advertisement.)


Begs to inform his customers and the travelling public generally that he has disposed of the business of the above Hotel to
And trusts that the support accorded to him in the past will be extended by his patrons to Mr. Braid in the future.
                                                                                                          J.T. BARNETT.
( The Riverine Grazier, Jan. 3, 1899. Advertisement.)


East Toorale Hotel.

Alexander Hamilton of Redbank, at the Quarterly Licensing Court on 25th January 1899 will apply for a publican's license for premises situated at East Toorale, on the Bourke to Louth road, to be known by the sign of "East Toorale Hotel", containing 12 rooms exclusive of those required for use of the family. This application is made under Section 25 of the Liquor Act of 1898............Alex Hamilton, Redbanks via Bourke.
( Bourke Banner, Jan. 14, 1899.)

It is reported to be made of mudbrick from the river.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.24.)


Ellerslie Hotel.

The ancestors of the Smiths of "Menincourt" came from Scotland in 1854. James Thompson Smith was born in Geelong in 1855. His father had the Beehive Store in Wentworth in 1865 and was reputed to have a wine shanty on the Anabranch. Father and son built the Ellerslie Hotel about 1867, before they both settled at "Balcatherine" in 1879, James on the eastern side, and his father on the other side. James Smith took up adjoining land in 1882.
( Lans Rob, Smith Thelma, Smith Bill, The History of Pooncarie and Districts, No date, p.187.)


Empire Hotel, Burrangong (Young District).

Respectfully thanks those who have hitherto so "liberally" extended their patronage to his Hotel
To those Gentlemen and Families who know is establishment, it is unnecessary by advertisement,
to recommend it to their favour
This notice is directed to the attention of TRAVELLERS, STRANGERS and OTHERS, who are not aware that they may obtain at the EMPIRE HOTEL, all the excellenceand comforts afforded by the really few FIRST-CLASS HOTEL ACCOMMODATION in the Metropolis
M. SHMITH, respectfully requests the favour of a visit from all requiring HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, and confidently relies upon the merits of his establishment to assure a continuance of their support.
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, September 1, 1869, Advertisement)


Emu Inn, on The Lake, Warrego Road.

This is now known as Lauradale Lake, but was Burslem's Lake when his hotel was there, and Sutherland's Lake later. Vincent Dowling had not long before pioneered this route, which is now Main Road No.404.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.24.)


Eringunia / Enngonia Hotel.

The name of the town is thought to have come from one of the first settlers in the area, by the name of Erin, who built a shack that was little better than a gunyah. Originally the hotel is called "Eringunia", becoming Enngonia in 1885.

For the story of the two bushrangers, Captain Starlight and Charles Rutherford who robbed the people of Walgett and then bailed up the inn at Enngonnia -

A meeting of homestead lessees on the Enngonia side of Belalie bore, and the residents of the town, was held at H.Whittaker's Enngonia Hotel on Saturday evening, to consider the advisability of petitioning the Government to allow the bores situated on the Warrego to run into it. Mr R. Luck was voted to the chair, and upon the proposition of Mr J. Byrne, seconded by Mr J. Jones, it was unanimously resolved "That this meeting views with regret the deplorable state of the Warrego owing to continuous dry weather, and that a petition be forwarded to our member, Mr Millen, for presentation to the Government, praying that they will allow the Belalie Government Bore to flow into the Warrego, as it is now a chain of muddy water-holes. Stock going into water are bogging in hundreds, and should the weather continue dry much longer there will not be any water in the Warrego, which will mean utter ruin to the homestead lessees, who are paying heavy rentals, and put to additional expense owing to the continuous drought.
( Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Sept. 14, 1895.)


Euriowie Hotel.

Other small settlements developed on the tinfield, viz., Lady Don and Euriowie. A visitor said:- That which most strikes the stranger about the township of Euriowie is its painful newness. This however, is hardly unnatural when it is considered that it is not more than seven months old. Mr Michael Charters is the founder of the township, he having been the first to "drive in his pegs" and to erect a hotel.
( Town and Country Journal, November 19, 1887 )


Euston Hotel, Euston.

The small township of Euston has 80 or 100 inhabitants. Among the buildings there is a courthouse, a post and telegraph office, a custom-house, and bonded store, two hotels and a good general store..... The principal hotel is the Euston, a capital country inn, built of brick. It is exceedingly well conducted; good accommodation, including excellent table, civility, and moderate tariff was there conscientiously recorded in my pocket-book. Mr John McDonald is the proprietor. A fresh horse was placed at my disposal by the host of the Euston, and I was able to give my own a rest till I returned from Wentworth - 80 miles.
( Town and Country Journal, September 28, 1872.)


Excelsior Hotel, Broken Hill.

For a description of the building -
See :;place_id=100445


Exchange Hotel, Argent Street, Broken Hill.

Wilyama Prospecting Association - A General Meeting of shareholders will be held at Cummins' Exchange Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd. W. Pellew, Secretary.

A General Meeting of Shareholders will be held at Cummins' Exchange Hotel - for Pioneer Extended S.M. Syndicate.
( Broken Hill Argus, Feb. 20th, 1888.)

Our Unemployed - A meeting was held last night at W.J. Cummins' (Exchange) Hotel, of the laborers and unemployed of Broken Hill. There was a large attendance. The Chair was occupied by Mr Adam Freer. A committee was formed for the purpose of drawing up rules for an association, and prices for labour were appointed as follows - laborers to receive 8s. per day, and stonebreakers 3s. per yard.
( Broken Hill Argus, June 14th, 1888.)

Sale of Booths - The rights of the booths at the forthcoming races of the Broken Hill Jockey Club was sold at Cummins' Exchange Hotel on Saturday afternoon.
Mr C. Chapple was the auctioneer, and the following satisfactory prices were realized :-
Grand Stand Booth - 47 - Mr Ross.
No. 1 Outside Booth - 40 - Mr Elliott.
No. 2 Outside Booth - 36 - Mr Delamore.
The right to Tattersall's for two meetings - 20 - Mr Roberts.
The total amount was therefore 143.
( Broken Hill Argus, April 30th, 1888.)

Exchange Hotel, Wanaaring Road.

.....Gumbalie......then Goonery 18 miles further on, where there is a Government artesian bore. On the opposite side of the road is an out-station of Toorale, from which the bore gets its name. Twenty miles from here is another artesian bore furnishing an ample supply of water, which collects in a depression in such a manner as to render it an excellent watering place for stock. Within a mile of this supply is Mr Murphy's Exchange Hotel, the landlord of which hostelry combines with that avocation, that of a homestead lessee. The duties of the latter in no way prevent ample attention being paid to the wants of those who may decide to take advantage of the entertainment provided by the hotel.
( Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Aug. 25, 1888.)


Family Hotel, Bourke.

Darling Street, Bourke
( Lately known as Donohoe's Family Hotel)
Having taken over the above well-appointed Hotel
Will always take care to provide a GOOD TABLE AND FIRST CLASS LIQUORS
and by other means endeavour to please his patrons
JOHN LENNON, Proprietor, Lennon's Family Hotel......
( Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Aug. 4, 1888, Advertisement.)


The Family Hotel, at the corner of Darling and Wilson Streets, is burnt out. Temporary premises are being used.
( Town and Country Journal, April 19, 1904 - Provided by W.J. Cameron for Bourke Historical Society.)


Family Hotel, Broken Hill.

Beryl-Street, Opposite Railway Station
HENRY BRIX , Proprietor
( Silver Age, Broken Hill, Aug.1,1892, Advertisement.)


Family Hotel, Tibooburra.

The walls of the Family Hotel have been decorated by some of the greats of Australian Art - Russell Drysdale, Eric Minchin and, most conspiciously, Clifton Pugh, a one-time owner. His paintings leave nothing to the imagination and the sight of a local leaning nonchalantly against a voluptuous nude has caused the more prudish visitors to leave in a state of high moral outrage.
( Gebicki Michael, Travelling Thirst Class, The Sun-Herald, March 12, 2000, p.94.)


Farmer's Arms Hotel, Cootamundra.

E. QUINLAN, Proprietor
The Proprietor of the above Hotel begs to inform his friends and the public generally that he has Good Accommodation for Travellers, Good Stabling and Forage, also Good Accommodation Paddocks.
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, July 10,1875, Advertisement.)


Five Alls Hotel, Wilcannia see Shamrock Hotel, Wilcannia.


Four Mile Hotel, Bourke District.

MRS LARKINS, Proprietress
At the above hotel, drovers, travellers, and other will find every convenience for themselves and stock
Good Secure Paddocks                  Plenty of Grass and Water
The Hotel is fitted with every convenience and moderate terms only are asked
Mrs Larkins always keeps herself posted in the latest information regarding stock routes, camping places etc
( Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Aug. 8, 1888, Advertisement.)


Freemason's Hotel, 400 Argent St, Broken Hill see also the West Darling Hotel, Broken Hill.

This site was originally occupied by the Broken Hill Hotel. This was removed in 1891, to be replaced by a two storey "Tavern and Hall" that was renamed the Freemason's Hotel. This in turn was renamed the West Darling Motor Inn in 1969.

For a description of the building -
See :;place_id=567

See also :;place_id=565


Gasworks Hotel, Broken Hill.

The hotel is described at :;place_id=101894


Gilgunnia Hotel.

To Squatters, Overlanders, and the Public generally
HENRY KRUGE begs to notify to the abovenamed that he is prepared to supply RATIONS of every description
at the most REASONABLE RATES at his house, the
Situated on the most direct road from Queensland to the southern markets,
via Bourke and Hillston (late Redbank) on the Lachlan
Abundance of FEED and WATER and
Accommodation unequalled in the back country
( Riverine Grazier, June 17, 1874, Advertisement.)


Gladstone Hotel, Bourke.

To Drovers, Carriers, Teamsters, and the General Public
To all his old friends and new ones he hopes to make
desires to offer a welcome to his new and centrally situated premises named after the Grand Old Man the
situated at the corner opposite the Reserve, where with ample accommodation, and all the accessories of a first-class establishment, he is prepared to attend to all their wants
under the personal supervision of Mrs Donohoe
Well stocked Bar
Good stabling and secure paddocks - in fact all that is required appertaining to a modern hotel. Come and visit the GLADSTONE HOTEL and you will not be disappointed in your old friend.
( The Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Aug. 4, 1888, Advertisement.)


A fairly well attended meeting of members of the Early Closing Association was held last Thursday at the Gladstone Hotel, Mr Castedine in the Chair.
( Ibid, September 22, 1888.)
( See also Tattersall's Hotel, Bourke.)


Gladstone Hotel, Broken Hill.

Argent Street
Opposite new smelter
Maurice TAGNEY, Proprietor (Late of Wilcannia)
Wines and Spirits of the Best Quality
Simms Beer always on draught
Maurice Tagney, having erected the above Hotel,
will be happy to meet his old friends and customers. Terms Moderate.
( Broken Hill Argus, May 2, 1888.)

Police Court :
William Kaslin was charged with stealing 20/- from the Gladstone Hotel, Argent Street. Witnesses....6 months gaol at Wilcannia.
A lady, drunk, had her bail estreated through non appearance, and a gentleman was fined 20/- or one week gaol for the same offence.
( Broken Hill Argus, May 4th, 1888.)


Gladstone Hotel, Hillston.

BEDS..                   1sMEALS..1s
DANIEL O'CONNELL, Proprietor............
( The Spectator, Aug. 20,1892, Advertisement.)


Globe Hotel, Albury.

Albury, N.S.W
Mrs W.P. Bowes, Proprietress
Having made extensive alterations has
Superior Accommodation for Families and Commercial Gentlemen
Wines and Spirits of the very best brands
McCracken's XXX ALE, drawn through ic[e]
One of Alcock's Newest Billiard Tables
Night Porter kept. Cab meets all trains
( Albury Daily News, Albury, Jan.23,1892, Advertisement.)


Gol Gol Hotel, Gol Gol.

Begs to announce that he has taken the above well-known and old-established house and hopes by strict attention to merit the public patronage. Only the very best Liquors and Wines kept. Quality guaranteed.
( The Federal Standard, Wentworth, March 11, 1899, Advertisement.)


Gol Gol Inn, Sturt Highway, Gol Gol.

The Gol Gol Inn was constructed by John Little Thompson (Thomson) as a simple log cabin in 1877 (Gaz has Publican's License in 1876). The hotel was an important refreshment site for the mail Change Coaches. The hotel played a vital role in the local community, housing some of Gol Gol's most notable residents such as the Wilkinson family who held the licence to the Inn for 56 years. Now the Paddlewheel Hotel, the appearance of the Inn has changed dramatically from the timber room to today's brick structure.
( Shire of Wentworth Heritage Survey, Wentworth Shire Council.)

The Gol Gol race meeting was a great success both as regards the racing and the enjoyment of the visitors. Mr Dunn jun., who had recently become landlord of the Gol Gol Hotel, catered for the comforts of the visitors, and everyone speaks in glowing terms of his efforts and conduct of the hotel.
( Federal Standard, Wentworth, Feb. 20, 1897.)


Grass Hut Hotel, near Bourke.

Henry Pope Moxham - Publican 1899 - 1900/01.
Henry Pope Moxham was the third child of Henry and Hannah Moxham ( See Albion Hotel, Wagga Wagga) and was born in Wagga Wagga on 21st April 1862. He moved to Bourke in 1881 and worked as a saddler, and at various times as a drover, horsebreaker and hotelier. He had the Grass Hut Hotel, north of Bourke, on the Enngonia road in 1899 to 1900/01.
( Livingstone Jill, History of the Warmoll Family, Unpublished.)

The name, "Royal Mail,.....W. Smart", is marked on the inside of the building (Grass Hut Hotel.), but it was never registered as such, and it may be that the building was removed from Hungerford or Yellow Waterholes.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.24.)


Graway Inn.

The Graway Inn was near the River, some few miles below Mt Foster, in a spot subject to flooding.Thomas Russell Cleaver had applied for 40 acres as a conditional purchase in 1867. The Inn, situated less than a mile from the Graway Homestead (then owned by Cobb & Co.) is in the south-east corner of the block. A track from Marra to Warren passes by the door. A publican's license had been issued to T.R. Cleaver about September,1866.
( Brennan R.M., Across the Black Plains. A History of the Warren District, 1988, p.196, p.198.)


Great Western Hotel, Bourke.

Publican Peter had been a Cordial Maker in Mitchell Street, and an Alderman, and had other hotels. The site was at the present "Service Stores".
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.25.)


Green Hills Hotel, Hillston area.

Eighteen Miles from Hillston, on the new and direct road from Cudgellico, Mount Hope and Hillston to Carrathool.
GEO. HUTCHISON, Proprietor
( The Spectator, Aug. 20, 1892, Advertisement.)


Gumbalara Hotel, Paroo River.

Gumbalie is a Government township, boasts of its two hotels, a store, and one or two other buildings, and, in close proximity, a Chinese gardener. The older of the two hotels, situated nearest the dam is that of Mr T. Farrell, and is certainly one of the best kept and most comfortable wayside houses to be found inland, with the additional advantage that the traveller, no matter what time he may desire to get away, may rely upon being roused punctually and despatched upon is journey after a meal as complete and as nicely served as if partaken of at the ordinary hours of refreshment.
( Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Aug. 25, 1888.)


Gunbar Hotel, Gunbar.

William Spry and his brother George were successful carriers based in the Hay district in the 1860's. William married Florence Donnelly in 1870 in Bendigo; at about that time Spry built a slab hotel at the future site of Gunbar, a locality where carriers often camped. By September 1871 Spry had applied for a license for his public-house, the Gunbar Hotel. Florence Spry ran the hotel while her husband continued to work his bullock-teams in the district. The original structure was burnt down but William Spry replaced it with a weatherboard-clad structure. By 1875 he had sold the hotel to Henry Major. (Gaz. - Spry 1871-1873; Wood 1874; Major 1875; Archibald Macpherson 1877; James Macpherson 1878-1883; Mensforth 1884-1887;....) Spry selected land east of Gunbar which he called "Paradise Farm" and continued to work as a carrier in the district.....By early 1880s Gunbar village consisted of the Gunbar Hotel, run by Archibald McPherson, a blacksmith's shop, a Chinese market garden and a mail change - a dwelling and stables where the coach and horses were changed.

[The 1884 Government survey] located Gunbar over a mile north of the original village that had developed around the hotel..........Little enthusiasm for new location.......often referred to as North Gunbar. A church... built by local subscriptions was nominally Presbyterian, but services by Anglican and Methodist ministers were occasionally held there. Some town lots at the surveyed site were purchased. The location lacked shade and fresh well-water. William Gannon erected a hotel at North Gunbar in about 1886, but failed to obtain a publican's license. Undeterred, Gannon and his large family operated the establishment known as "Gannon's Hotel" as a sly grog shop and a boarding house.
( Hay Historical Society from Nancy Low, Pioneers of Gunbar, 1984.)


The Shortest Road between Hay and Redbank
Respectfully announces that he has opened the
On the Government road between Hay and Redbank, via Whealbah
The road past the Gunbar Hotel is a good hard red road, and is 25 miles shorter than the old Booligal road
W.S. being well-known and long resident in these districts, the public may depend on finding his house a comfortable respectable hotel, where the food and liquors supplied will be the best of their kind.
( Hay Standard, Nov. 29, 1871, Advertisement.)

Accident - We report with regret that Mr John Donohoe, of the Gunbar Hotel, met with a severe accident and was hurt last week. While roping a calf his feet got entangled, and he was thrown on a log by which his spine was somewhat injured, but we are glad to hear that he is recovering.
( The Riverine Grazier, Nov. 12, 1873.)

The Publican's License for the Gunbar Hotel from Charles Simpson to Ebenezer Wood.
( The Riverine Grazier, June 3, 1874.)

North Gunbar, comprised an accommodation house, a skillion-roofed store, what appeared to be a butcher's shop, and a post office, much resembling a sentry-box both in size and shape; a building belonging to the Church of England. ...very uninviting site far out on a dusty plain without so much as a bush within half a mile.

South Gunbar, however, completely lays over the portion patronised by church and state, boasting besides a licensed hotel, the inevitable racecourse and blacksmith's shop, and the extensive branch business establishments of Messrs. Meakes and Fay.
( Town and Country Journal, Feb. 28, 1885, p.444.)


Half-way House, Barringun Road (Bourke District).

Following Ned (Edward Matthew) Warmoll's death (see Turf Hotel) in 1892, his sister Therese Alice Barry, nee Warmoll, and her husband Alexander Barry moved from the Railway Hotel and took over the Half-way Hotel. Therese was born in Armagh Ireland in 1854/1855 and would only have been a baby when she came to Australia. She married Alexander Barry in1877 in Wagga Wagga. Alexander was born in Amagh Ireland in 1841 and died on 18th June 1930 after 48 years in Bourke. Therese and Alex had two sons, Joseph (1879) and Sylvester (1884). Joseph went on to own the Telegraph Hotel and substantial properties in the Bourke district.
( Livingstone Jill, History of the Warmoll Family, Unpublished.)


Stealing Grog.
At the Police Court on Friday, John Dale (alias Kalinunk) and Charlie Ryan (aboriginal) were charged with breaking and entering the Half-way House, and with stealing two bottles of whisky, one bottle of brandy, and one bottle of gin, to the value of 24 shillings, the property of Alex Barry, licensee of the hotel. Committed for trial. (Both had previous criminal records; Dale was sentenced to 12 months hard labour; Ryan to two years of hard labour).
( Bourke Banner, Jan. 28, 1899)


Half-way House, Beemery (Bourke District).

It was on the river bank to the northwest of the present silo.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.25.)


Half-way House, Broogong.

Escape of a Prisoner - A prisoner of the Crown named Smart....on a coach from Deniliquin and was being taken to give evidence. The coach stopped at Claxton's Inn to change horses, and the sergeant and his prisoner, who was leg-ironed, dismounted for some refreshment. While standing in the verandah the sergeant turned his back for a moment to speak too some person, and looking around again, his prisoner was gone. The sergeant states that there were several suspicious looking men hanging about the house, who he thinks must have assisted the prisoner to get away, by knocking off his irons.
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Sep. 17, 1868.)


Hall's Hotel, Hermidale.

Hermidale Railway Station
Paddocks Unequalled.    Abundance of Grass
Charges Moderate
Horses and Buggies for Hire
H.F. HALL, Proprieto
( Cobar and Louth Herald, Cobar, July 30,1892, Advertisement.)


Harp of Erin Hotel, Mulla Cullah.

The Harp of Erin Hotel was on the boundary of two Lower Darling River properties, Cuthero and Netley, at Mullah Cullah.
( Craig Rusheen, History of the Byrnes Family, Unpublished.)

Netley, Menindie, Sylvester Byrnes (Publican Harp of Erin Hotel), 40 acres, 15 horses, 5 pigs.
( 1885 Parliamentary Returns of Landholders.)

Frederick Crittenden, (BDM - 18years old) whilst riding at the Races at the Harp of Erin Hotel, on the 23rd September, was fatally injured.
( Barrier Miner, September, 1887.)

Sylvester Byrnes - Publican-Harp of Erin 1882-1885/6; Pooncarie Hotel 1893-1896/7.
(For his early life along the Darling River - see Daniel Byrne of the Pinetree Hotel)
Obituary 19-10-1935.
Pioneer Passes
Noted Figure on the Darling Owned many fine Racehorses. By the death at Wamberra Station on Friday of Mr Sylvester Byrnes, the River Darling District loses one of its early pioneers, and one of the most interesting figures of the outback country. Arriving from Co Wicklow with his parents Daniel and Ellen Byrnes 76 years ago, Sylvester Byrnes had retained an unbroken association with the Darling River Districts.........Sylvester commenced a butchering business about 1879 (actually 1882), and married Miss Jane Nolan of Bendigo.

From Wentworth he went to the Harp of Erin Hotel opposite Tolarno on the Darling... and also engaged in contracting, one of his contractors being Sidney Kidman for the carting of coke from Menindee to Broken Hill.He was in Wentworth with his family, when they were isolated by the 1890 flood, the biggest flood known since records were taken. He told of having to wait 3 months to obtain a new pair of boots. In 1892 he was the contractor for the building of the approaches to the bridge over the Darling at Wentworth. In 1894 (1893) he took over the Pooncarie Hotel. He was there during the shearers' strike and the burning of the Rodney near Moorara..........

In 1896 he purchased Wicklow Station, on the River Darling, later selling this to Ben Chaffey to acquire Wamberra and Cavan Stations in 1905. Although he afterwards extended his pastoral interests by purchasing Moolah Station at Ivanhoe,NSW, he kept to his homestead at Wamberra.

With all the true Irishman's love of a good horse, Mr Byrnes had the reputation of being one of the best judges of a blood horse in the Northern areas. His interest in racing extended over the three states. At Wamberra he had his own track, and when he had horses in training, he retained his own trainer and jockey. .....Racing colours of green jacket and red sleeves...won all the principal races at Wentworth, Menindie, Pooncarie and Broken Hill; Uki ran second in an Australian Cup.......Simple Jim won for him at Adelaide.....
(Byrnes Family records.)


Hatfield Hotel.

For the story of when 4 horse thieves held up the hotel in 1879
See :


Hibernian Hotel, Tibooburra see Central Australian Hotel, Tibooburra.


Highlander Inn, Deniliquin.

This ESTABLISHMENT is the only house in the Riverina to supply all the needs of the travelling public
Wholesale and Retail, direct from Bonded Stores
Rations and Provisions at Melbourne, wholesale prices, carriage added
Highest price given for Colonial Produce of every description
With large commodious yards
JOHN A. ROATS, Proprietor.


Iduna Park Hotel, Broken Hill Road

Dansie give licensees as: William J. EDWARDS 1900 - 1909. Walter KENNEWELL 1909 - ? Mrs Thomas BAKER 1923 - 1927. F.W.BARRACLOUGH 1933 - ? Delicensed 1933 when building had reached a bad state of repair. Dansie

Writing about Frank Barraclough, Linda Barraclough and Josianne Smith give Frank Barraclough's involvement as starting in 1909, taking it over from W.C. Kennewell. A Mr Riddiford of Broken Hill is quoted in a private conversation with the authors in May 1981: The hotel was wood and iron, with a parlour, passage and bar across the front and a dining room  which would seat 15 or 16 down the side. The meals were good, about 1/6, with old bushies being catered for in the kitchen. The hotel was a coach stop and mail change. The family was a very close-knit one, and was highly regarded and respected. Mrs Barraclough kept the hotel spotless.[end]

Family stories include a mob of forty or fifty goats, each of which was known individually. Frank often had to go looking 'over the creek' for strays.

Rebecca Barraclough was a daughter of Francis and Rebecca Lehman, who had the Darling River Hotel at Old Tarcoola near Pooncarie, and Frank's parents, Luke and Susannah Barraclough had operated a mail change station south of Pooncarie, and his mother's family had operated inns in Liverpool in England. Prior to Iduna Park, they had the Morden Arms at Yandaloo, then the Victoria Hotel between White Clliffs and Wilcannia. (Barraclough and Smith: Kapana, a Place on the River)


Imperial Hotel, Broken Hill.

For a photo of the hotel and a description - See :;place_id=563


Imperial Hotel, Nyngan.

Visitors to Nyngan should CALL at
Close to the Railway Station
Civility, Attention, Good Beds and Tables, Billiards, and Stabling
MEALS ALWAYS ready for travellers by rail or otherwise
Best Brands of Wines, Spirits and Beers
The Imperial is a convenient place for all persons waiting to go by train.
Old Nymagee and Cobar Friends are invited to call on Mr. Simpson, who will pay them every attention.
( Cobar and Louth Herald, July 30,1892, Advertisement.)


Ingar Hotel, Nevertire.

The Cyclone. The 28th day of December, 1896, was a black day for Nevertire. Without warning the wind enveloped the place in dust, and in minutes many buildings were wrecked or damaged, trees uprooted telegraph lines down for some miles on either side of the town, and trucks of wool blown some miles along the line. Two churches, the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, were completely wrecked. Reynold's Hall and his hotel, both of brick, were badly damaged. Luckily no life was lost. The Ingar Hotel was completely wrecked, the Carrier's Arms blown out of plumb, and the Nevertire Hotel suffered considerable damage.
( Brennan R.M., Across the Black Plains, A History of the Warren District, 1988, p.180.)


Jolly Waggoners' Hotel, Bourke.

Opposite the Park
Desires to intimate to the Colonial Public generally that the above hotel is [indec.] with everything that can conduce to the welfare of the inner man in the shape of
Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the very best brands
The internal arrangements being under immediate superintendence of
Mrs McLOUGHLIN as an efficient guarantee for absolute cleanliness and comfort
The BEDS and MEALS are of the Best Description
( Western Herald and Darling River Advocate, Aug. 8, 1888, Advertisement.)


Junction Hotel, Broken Hill.

For a description of the hotel
See :;place_id=100444


Junction Hotel, Moama.

With Good Feed
Apply as Above
N.B. - The Telegraph Office has been opened at Moama


Junee Hotel, Junee

Begs to inform her Friends and the Public generally that she has entered into possession of
( Lately occupied by Mrs Dacey)
which it is her intention to conduct in conjunction with her establishment at Bethungra
The CELLARS are stocked with WINES, ALES and SPIRITS of the best brands;
the BEDROOMS are well and comfortably furnished;
and the STABLES, which are amply supplied with the best of fodder, under the care of steady and experienced grooms
The attention of TRAVELLERS especially is invited to this advertisement, as the Proprietress can confidently assert that, whether at Junee or Bethunga, every convenience and comfort will be found which a country Hotel should afford
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, September 1. 1869, Advertisement.)


Kearnie Hotel, Bourke District.

Following her husband's death in 1892 (see Ted Warmoll, Turf Hotel), Louisa Warmoll took on the Kearnie Hotel from 1893 to 1895. The Kearnie Hotel was one mile from Toorale Homestead. Ned's sister in law, Hannah Susannah Moxham, was married to John McCaughey, the part owner and manager of Toorale Station. This family connection would have provided some support for the newly widowed Louisa. Louisa had other family in the Bourke district, her parents, Thomas and Eliza Cleverdon running a dairy called Reversley which stretched from Stoney Point northwest to the 17 Mile Bend in the river.
( Livingstone Jill, The History of the Warmoll Family, Unpublished.)


Lachlan Hotel, Hay District, Thalangeron.

Hay District Court - Mr Twynam, attorney and Mr Reed, attorney. Case No 11 : Thomas Donohee (Publican of Lachlan Hotel) V. William Walker concerning an unpaid hotel account to the amount of 10-6s. Verdict for the plaintiff.
( Hay Standard, Nov. 1, 1871.)


Lake Eliza Hotel.

The site is now a few hundred metres S.W. of the Main Road, and hidden from it. The lake occasionally has some water. The Lawson poem about the hotel was first published in the Sydney "Bulletin" 10/12/1893, p.20.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.26.)

Lake Victoria Hotel .

The Piles were of Scottish background, although James Pile, John and William's father, was born in Beverley Yorkshire in 1800. John was born in Hamilton, near Glasgow, Scotland about 1842....Piles to Adelaide on "Anna" in 1849....In 1850 James Pile met with John McKinlay (1819-72) who had earned the reputation for his exploits in the interior of the Australian island continent, and was to be accorded further honours as an explorer in years to come. They became involved in some transactions concerning horses, and probably cattle, which McKinlay had overlanded from NSW for sale in the Adelaide and Gawler markets... Yong John had left school at fourteen....with John's parents' consent ...overlanded horses with Dick Holland from Hawkesbury River, NSW, to Adelaide...John's next trip was with McKinlay, soon to become his brother-in-law.

John McKinlay, in about 1855, had taken over leases of country which were to be developed as "Lake Victoria" and "Kinchega" Stations, each of over a million acres, on the western bank of the Darling.....820 square miles of river frontage...Kinchega was opposite Ross Reid's Tolarno.....In particular, McKinlay purchased three runs - "Coonaltugga", "Willotia" and "Yaltolka" - and having convinced James Pile to take them up, transferred them to his name. Within ten years the Piles, William, Charles, and John, having joined in the enterprise, held over half a million acres capable of carrying upwards of 32,000 sheep with safety...... included six more runs...annual rental 466/10/-. The land ran for sixty miles along the banks of the Darling and became known as one of the most famous stations on the river - "Cuthero". The Piles also had "Netley" and "Polia", but they were disposed of after a few years, the former to Joe Dunne, and the latter to William McLean.
( Moore Peter L., Pride of the Hills, The Story of Rostrevor House, 1975, pp.77-80.)


House, Furniture, and 40 acres. Freehold Land
Including all improvements. To be sold at a great sacrifice. Owner leaving for the West at an early date
Apply to E.J. SCHNELL, Lake Victoria Hotel, NSW.
( Federal Standard, Wentworth, Oct. 9, 1897.)
( see also Pinetree Hotel, Salt Creek.)


Ledknapper Hotel

on the
Travellers and others and the general public will find every convenience,
both for themselves and horses, at the above well-known Hotel.
Attached to the hotel is a store containing a complete assortment of all requisites for the road
Good secure paddock with abundance of grass and water
None but the best of liquors in the bar
H. TURNER, Proprietor


Louth Hotel, Louth.

Publican, John Buckley, had been a carrier, and later was a butcher at Yantabulla. He also had the hotel there.


Maiden's Hotel, Menindie see Menindie Hotel.


Mallee Cliffs Hotel.

After leaving Tapalin, Mr John White's sheep station ( near Euston), I had a long dreary ride of eighteen miles - through water the greater part of the way, and without a single habitation. The Mallee Cliffs' Hotel was then reached. This so-called hotel is a wretched roadside inn, where the liquor is the worst I have ever tasted, and the food was badly cooked, but the charges were first-class. I was glad to get away in the afternoon and rode ten miles further, or fifty miles from Euston that day. It was just on nightfall when I reached McFarlane's Mallee Cliffs station.....Mrs McFarlane was the first white woman on the Darling.
( Town and Country Journal, September 28, 1872.)


Mangoplah Hotel.

The Inn so long conducted by Mr Jones, of Mangoplah, has passed into the possession of Mrs Hyland, late of Goulburn.
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Sept. 17, 1868.)


Marthaguy Inn, Collie.

As the road and coach routes had to follow the watercourses, bush pubs grew beside good waterholes. Hugh Munro had the Marthaguy Inn at Collie in 1868 although it was transferred to Samuel Munro in 1870.


Masonic Hotel, Broken Hill.

Mr S.C. Tait's Masonic Hotel in Beryl Street, which is just upon completion, may be classed as one of the best houses in the town. The first thing that strikes you is the beautiful wide hall, leading on to spacious lofty rooms, and the bar is constructed on the most modern principles. This is the tenth hotel Mr Tait has built in Broken Hill and we think that he has, on this occasion, surpassed all former efforts. Mr W. Scouler is the architect of the building. The building will be conducted by Mr Thomas Macfie, late of Tattersall's.
( Broken Hill Argus, May 2nd, 1888.)
( see also Silver King Hotel, Broken Hill.)


Maude Hotel, Maude.

The Publican's License for the Maude Hotel was transferred from John Murphy to Daniel Murphy.
( Riverine Grazier, June 3, 1874.)
( see also the Oxley Hotel.)


Menindie Hotel, Menindie.

An excellent biography of Thomas Pain who built and owned the Menindie Hotel, has been written by Mary Wilson.
It appears on NSW-WEST :

My great grandfather, Garrett Byrnes, was born at Menindie on 22nd December 1860. Few people are as lucky as I am to have so well recorded the events surrounding a family arrival, for this was in the midst of the of the Burke and Wills Exploratory Party's visit to the small settlement.

Burke and Wills and a vast cavalcade left Melbourne on the 20th August 1860 to attempt to be the first to cross Australia from south to north and return. By the 27th September part of Burke's party were at Arumpo station, just north of present-day Mungo National Park , where my Byrnes family cooked a supply of food for them. After camping there for two nights, they headed off to the north-west towards the Darling River. Because of the difficult terrain for the overloaded waggons, it was decided to reduce the baggage; horses and camels had now to carry a certain weight, the latter about 400 lb. each which eased the waggons by 5 tons. No man was to take more luggage than 30 lbs. weight. Everything that was discarded was brought on by the waggons to a property on the Darling to be looked after by my Byrnes family, to await their return .

When Burke went to McPherson's station on the 6th October to get stores, he heard that a steamer was approaching. At Bilbaka, 5 kilometres above Tarcoola near present-day Pooncarie, the goods and stores were brought on board Captain Johnson's Moolgawanke - the only boat here for the past two years (South Australian Register. 30th October, 1860). Soon after the horses with their loads arrived but it was too late.

The Exploratory party arrived at Menindie in three groups. On Monday, Oct. 15th, Burke and the horses arrived at 11 am, and shortly afterwards the steamer and Landell's group. The camels arrived on the Wednesday.

The tiny settlement of Menindie must have been overwhelmed by this influx of people. "The township consists at present of one hotel, one store, a kitchen, and two native huts", wrote Ludwig Becker, the naturalist with the group; he also sketched the scene. The hotel was not some hastily constructed slab hut. For some unknown reason in a remote area that had largely been abandoned by a good proportion of the scattering of original settlers, Tom Paine had used skilled tradesmen to erect a properly designed large brick building with a thatched roof, and several chimneys. The kitchen, though a separate building, would have been the hotel's kitchen, built apart to make conditions easier in the heat of the Australian summers. Because of the unpredictability of the depth of the Darling River, Captain Cadell had built the store a couple of years before, so that he could leave goods there for purchase even when the river was unnavigable (sounds like a good idea if it was two years since the last steamer could make the voyage).

When the Exploratory party reached Menindie, they found that their meat supply of pemmican was rancid. Not only did they have no money, they had overspent their allocation. 4,500 had been spent, a third more than expected; another 700 had gone on the waggons, which left only enough to pay the men for the next two and a half months - (certainly not enough time to go across Australia and back). (Murgatroyd Sarah, The Dig Tree, 2002, p.134.) The Committee had placed 150 in Burke's bank account, but he had been writing cheques throughout the crawl from Melbourne.

Burke's party could have reached Menindie much quicker, much cheaper, and much more efficiently had he accepted Cadell's original offer to transport the Expeditionary party's up the Murray and Darling to Menindie. His refusal was based on the interstate rivalry that existed between South Australia, backing Stuart, and Victoria, backing Burke, in their quest to knab good grazing land.

Burke had appointed William Wright third in command, subject to the approval of the Exploration Committee, on the resignation of Landells and the promotion of Wills to second in command. Wright had been the manager of nearby Kinchega Station; but when the property changed hands, he had resigned. Menindie was not the limits of exploration; William Wright had already been out beyond Cooper's Creek.

Burke and Wills and 6 other men left Menindie on the Friday morning - having spent four nights at the Menindie Hotel. It was the remaining party that spent the next four months at Pamamaroo Creek, 9 miles out from Menindie on the Kinchega Run. They were awaiting confirmation of the new man Wright, and to get extra financing. Becker and Beckler had to search their packs for loose change every time they needed so much as a stamp or a new bootlace (Ibid). Cadell's store had refused them further credit. Eventually the Victorian Government granted an extra 6,000.

Sylvester Byrnes spoke of how his mother had been greatly saddened by the unexpected catastrophy of the explorers' deaths, and had been allotted the difficult task of returning their possessions to their families. She was not alone in her grief. When the funeral of Burke and Wills took place in Melbourne it attracted the largest concourse of people ever assembled in that city. ( Sydney Mail, 24th January, 1863). It was a one o'clock funeral, but the bells of all the churches tolled from morning until the cortege returned. The shops and places of business were all closed. The Governor, the Chief Justice, the Foreign Consuls, the President and Members of the Legislative Council, the Speaker and Members of the Assembly, Members of the Royal Society, Officers of the Army and Navy.......and the citizens joined the funeral procession. The number of mourners who lined the streets along the route was estimated at 60,000 - about three-quarters of Melbourne's population.
( Craig, Rusheen, The History of the Byrnes Family, Unpublished.)


The earliest town on the western bank of the ( Darling ) River was formed at Menindie. There is no doubt it owes its existence to the establishment of a store by Captain Cadell in 1859. By 1862 it boasted an inn, so that with the store, it had the nucleus of a settlement
( Royal Australian Historical Society, The West Darling Country, James Jervis, September 30, 1947 )

This place [ Menindie ], properly called Perry is situated on the western bank of the Darling nearly opposite the confluence of a creek called Telawalki....Perry Town however has a real existence for it has been surveyed and subdivided. It comprises a neat and comfortable inn, an extensive store and a police camp. It has a good punt which is private property.
( Sydney Morning Herald, February 12, 1862.)

The town grew very slowly, and by 1881 the population was only about 100. A brick Court House was in existence in that year which was said to be "dropping away piecemeal." The only church in the town was one built by the Roman Catholics. There were four hotels (Crown Hotel, Maiden's Hotel, Menindie Hotel, Post Office Hotel) and two stores there.
( Town and Country Journal, August 6, 1881.)

Higgledypiggledy is the only phrase which expresses to a nicety the manner in which the town of Menindie is laid out. Perched on a collection of little sandhills, which effectually raise it above all floods, it is composed of buildings, most of them brick, which judging from their appearance, might have been dropped down by chance.

The want of a bank is much felt, those at Wentworth and Wilcannia being the nearest. It is no uncommon thing, I have been told, to have no cash whatever in the town, cheques and I.O.U.'s being the only medium of circulation. The consequence is that many of the shearers and other station hands, instead of calling in at Menindie for the purpose of getting any little thing they may want at the stores, and eventually knocking down the whole of their cheques - they rarely, if ever, go to a town with the direct intention of doing this - set off for either Wentworth or Wilcannia, much to the disgust of the local bonifaces.

Menindie is noted from the fact of Bourke and Wills having made it the starting point of their last and fatal expedition in 1860........In Menindie are four public houses and two stores. When I arrived, the annual races, at which over 500 were given in prizes, were just over, everyone interested having "cleared out" to Wilcannia for the races there.

There is one thing I ought to mention, although it has not come under my personal supervision, and that is , the pollution of the Darling by wool-washing. This arises from washing the wool in the river, instead of being at the trouble of pumping the water up; the consequence is that last year tons' weight of poisoned fish floated past Menindie, giving forth the villainous stench that only decaying fish can, while the river itself on calm days was covered by a thick scum altogether unfitting the water for any domestic purposes.
( Town and Country Journal, Aug. 6,1881, p.267.)
(See also Mary Wilson's Menindie Hotels)


Merool Creek Inn.

Police Court, 14th Oct. - An application by John Sanderson for a publican's license for a house at Merool Creek, which had been adjourned from the previous day, was further adjourned to the 27th instant for production by applicant of certificates of character.
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Sept. 17, 1868.)


Q U A N D A R Y,
Merool Creek
( Late of Mandamar, Bland)
Begs respectfully to notify to his Friends and the Public generally that he has opened
A Spacious and Comfortable House
at the above locality, which he intends to conduct upon first-class principles under the style and title of
H. LOVETT is not given to "blowing", but he has no hesitation in stating that his hotel is, and ever shall be,
THE HOTEL of the district
H.L. is determined to supply SPIRITS, ALES, and WINES of the very best quality, to be obtained at the best Houses
Every assistance and accommodation will be afforded to travellers with Stock
GOOD STABLING, and full and plenty of excellent hay and corn
HENRY LOVETT will, in fact, make it his endeavour, by strict attention and civility, to his customers, to render
"The Merool Creek Inn" known as "the house which no one passes without a call"
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, September 1, 1869, Advertisement.)


Metropolitan Hotel, Nymagee see Royal Hotel, Nymagee.


Middle Yards Hotel see Sturt's Billabong Hotel.


Molong Hotel.

Half-way between Hillston and Mossgiel
M.P. RYAN, Proprietor
Good Accommodation for Travellers between Mossgiel and Hillston. Plenty of Water. Secure Paddocks. Good Forage.
( The Spectator, Aug. 20, 1892.)


Moorna Hotel, Moorna, Wentworth District,

The two settlements of Moorna and Cal Lal nolonger exist. Moorna was the administrative centre of the Shire. The Commissioner of Lands and the local police force held office and resided on the property. Wentworth's first postal service and two bush hotels were also established on Moorna. There are no remains of these establishments. The present dwelling was built by William Crozier in 1872. A town was surveyed at Moorna and it was once intimated that it would become the Federal Capital of Australia. The proposed town was never established.
( Wentworth Council, The Heritage of the Wentworth Shire)


Morangarell Hotel.

J.W.DE LISLE EVANS, Proprietor
( Late Wm. Marshall )
Having taken the above Hotel solicits a continuance of the support accorded to his predecessor,
and trusts by strict attention to business and civility, to ensure the same
Beers, Wines, Spirits of only the BEST Brands kept in stock
( Wagga Wagga Advertiser, July 10, 1875, Advertisement.)


Mount Browne Hotel.

Mount Browne township, established in 1881, was said to be "nearly abandoned" in 1882. There was only one allotment occupied.
( Annual Report, Department of Mines, Sydney, 1882 )
Three years later the Mining Warden wrote :- Mounte Browne, since the discovery ( the rush at "Billygoat Hill".-J.J.) has a very different appearance as compared with 1884 when there was only one house left on the blocks surveyed for business sites etc. Now it has been supporting three stores, a public house, butcher and bakers' shops and several residences.
( Annual Report, Department of Mines, Sydney, 1885 )
( See also Tibooburra Hotel)


Mount Drysdale Hotel.

For a very good description of the history of this gold moning town - See :;place_id=100977


Mount Gipps Hotel.

(Mount Gipps was twenty-two miles east of Silverton) Some interesting stories are told of early Broken Hill. A resident recalling these days said that when he first arrived he put up at the Mount Gipps Hotel, kept by a man named Jones, and was told that there was a lode on the hill called Broken Hill. It was regarded as a "poor thing", according to his informant, and was composed of iron with some lead and a little silver, but of a grade far below payable ore. The visitor decided to visit the Broken Hill ten miles from the hotel.
( Barrier Miners' Directory )

A report in July, 1884, stated that there was "quite a rush for claims" on the Barrier Ranges; twenty-two applications, embracing 1,600 acres, had been lodged for mineral bearing land in two office days. In the previous month everything at Mount Gipps "was very stirring" on account of the rich finds of silver-lead ore reaching to within a mile of Farrell's ( Mount Gipps ) Hotel.
( Town and Country Journal, June 28, 1884.)

Some sensational assays of the ore found near Mount Gipps Hotel were reported in July, 1884, the estimated yield of silver being several thousand ounces per ton of ore.
( Town and Country Journal, July 19, 1884.)


Mount Murchison Hotel , Wilcannia.

In the middle 1850s, Ross Reid and his brother William bought some sheep and pastured them on a stretch of country fronting the western bank of the upper reaches of the Darling the vicinity of modern Wilcannia, this was Mount Murchison Station which later became absorbed into the famous Momba runs totalling well over two million acres. The Reids began the development of this station, fencing the large paddocks and building water tanks to supplement the natural waterholes and springs. A homestead of several rooms was also much improved, and many outbuildings erected, including a woolshed. River frontage extended for about 50 miles and altogether there were 336,028 acres of grazing leases.
( Moore Peter L., Pride of the Hills, 1975, p.18.)

William Hatten - Publican - Globe Inn, Wilcannia 1872; Mt Murchison Hotel 1873-1874. William James Reid, a Victorian pioneer, who was to become a leader in the Free Presbyterian Church in Geelong, sold his 1853 "Woodbourne" in 1872. When he showed interest in "Torowotto", the agent gave him a month in which to make an inspection. After a 5 or 6 day coach trip from Geelong , via Deniliquin, Hay and Booligal, he reached Wilcannia, hired a horse for a fortnight, inspected the station and returned to Hatten's (Mount Murchison ) Hotel, just in time to catch the coach early the next morning. However the driver failed to follow his usual custom of breakfasting at the hotel, and Reid woke up to find that the coach had left, a good three hours ahead of time. Hatten lent him his best horse. Reid had hoped for a change of horse at the Ten-mile, but did not get it. He had ridden a further 18 miles when he saw the coach in the distance turning off the road. The horse could carry Reid no further, so he let it go to find its own way home, and trudged on through the mud, crossed a creek, and eventually intercepted the coach driving out from the homestead with a fresh team. From Hay, the first telegraph station, he wired his acceptance, and on reaching Melbourne, concluded the transaction, and "Torowotto", to be renamed "Yancannia", was his.

Soon after this incident, Hatten left the Mount Murchison Hotel and, with two others, took over and managed "Yanda" station, up the Darling River near Bourke. One of his two partners was Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens (Ted), the son of the author Charles Dickens. Ted had come to the Wilcannia area as a 17 year old in 1869, soon becoming overseer of Momba's Wanko outstation, 15 miles north of the main homestead; he bought, sold and raced horses, played cricket and took up a share in Yanda; in 1880 Ted became manager of Mt Murchison station that had merged with Wanko.
( Shaw Mary Turner, Yancannia Creek, 1987, pp.46-49, pp.88-89.)

( Menindie to Wilcannia; Part of a journey alongside the Darling by The Raven).
[Having left Menindie at half-past 4 in the morning...and arriving at Wilcannia at 9pm] "Meat or fruit pies! all hot, all hot! buy! buy! buy!" were the first words that fell upon my ears, as, after delivering the mail at the post office, we drove through the darkness up the main street of Wilcannia to O'Leary's hotel ( Mount Murchison Hotel). Here all seemed bustle and excitement, for what reason I can't tell; but the hum of many voices, the clink of glasses, the rattle of billiard balls, and the above energetic and perservering, but discordant cry of some enterprising pieman, accompanied by the distant jingling of a consumptive piano, formed a "harmonious whole", which was far from unpleasant, after the quiet of the past few weeks, and was, in fact, the nearest approach to city life experienced since leaving Sydney.

I hear too, that some time ago, a real live shoe-black was in the habit of parading the streets of Wilcannia and accosting the passers-by with the familiar words, "Clean your boots, sir?" Another instance of advanced civilisation! But the shoe-black shades into insignificance, when I tell you that there is actually a hairdresser in the town, who comes from Paris!!!

The population of Wilcannia is about 1000, but besides these there are always a great many passing through on their way to the various districts of which it is the centre, not the least important of these being the diggings at Mount Browne. I am told that before the rain fell, the town was crammed with men waiting to go out to the rush, and that the streets were very much after the style of George-street on a Saturday night. During this time the proprietors of billiard rooms did a roaring trade, it being quite a common thing to play a game for 50 a side.

......although Chinese are not allowed at Mount Browne, there is no lack of them in Wilcannia, most of them being interested in the cultivation of vegetables, without which life up here would be unendurable; and they do not draw the line at vegetables, as grapes and figs bring in no small revenue to their pockets.

Wilcannia is not wanting in hotels, there being nine in the town, Mr O'Leary's Mount Murchison and Felgate's (Wilcannia Hotel) dividing the palm pretty equally between them. The former is the "old establishment house", and the stopping place for all the lines of coaches; but the latter, being recently finished, is the more imposing structure of the two, being a fine two-storey stone building. Talking of hotels one naturally comes to breweries, of which there are two in Wilcannia, that of Messrs. Resch Bros, which is a three-storey stone building. This firm which gets through about 30 hogsheads per week (roughly 1,500 gallons) does a large export trade in bottled beer, especially with Queensland.

I was initiated the other evening into a pastime which is very fashionable here at present, namely, the "game of yes", in which the unlucky individual who first gives utterance in the affirmative monosyllable has to "shout drinks for the crowd"; a splendid game - for the publicans.
( Town and Country Journal, Oct. 8, 1881, p.699.)
( See also the Wilcannia Hotel.)


Mountain Home / House.

Publican James Reed had emigrated in 1833 and come to the Bourke district in 1862. He bought Lot 1 of Sec.33, Gongolgon around 1867. He and his wife Frances had 12 children and, in 1895, 85 grandchildren and 40 great-great-grandchildren. Frances died 5/4/1895. Their daughter Sarah Ann married Michael Brennan 6/1/1863.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.26.)


Mungunyah Hotel.

Publican Charles Conway had been a poundkeeper at Enngonia.
( Cameron W.J., History of Bourke, Vol.VI, 1977, p.26.)


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