Tag: Guyra

504. Sunday 7th January 2016. A quiet week and home and a big Pub Crawl…

Not much happened this week.

Well, things did happen, such as visits to the doctors and skin specialists and a couple of biops for Donnis.

We played table tennis, bowls, Tha Chi and line dancing.

We went to hardware stores and bought stuff such as a new rug and a self-watering garden and overfilled it with lettuce, parsley, coriander, spinach, basil and tomatoes.

But we did not go anywhere for an adventure. We did not even go to the beach for a walk. Oh ummm I did go for a bike ride to visit a friend and still being ultra- cautious as I am, had a small fall and broke my…pride.!

Instead I have trolled through my collection of photos and have decided to show another ten of our collection of pub photos.

It’s time for a Pub Crawl!052 london ardlethan nsw

The London Pub at Ardlethan in south western NSW.

This pub caught my eye in 2012 as I was travelling in WWWGO from Mt Beauty in Vic to Guyra in NSW a distance of a bit more than 1,000 Klms by the direct route, a trip which would normally take 12 hours. I took 28 days meandering and criss- crossing NSW and visiting small towns along the way and staying a few nights here and there. My trip was during the month of October just as summer is approaching so there were hot days which suddenly became cold wet and windy days. Anyway, on the day of my visit to Ardlethan it was hot and the beer was cold.



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Mountain View Hotel at Wandiligong Vic.

When house sitting in Mt Beauty Vic, I had the opportunity to take a drive around the various mountain towns and villages. Wandiligong is an Alpine village situated between Morses Creek and Growlers Creek about 6 Klms from the large alpine village of Bright. The area was the site of a small gold rush in 1850. The town has a National Trust certification. On my visit in September 2012 it was still early Spring with low snow cloud cover. Outside it was cold and damp. Inside the pub they had welcoming fireplaces and the beer was cold…



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Royal Hotel Grong Grong NSW.

This was another location in my wandering in October 2012. Grong Grong is a town on the Newell Highway near Narrandera NSW. The hotel was built in 1875 to service the then Cobb & Co stagecoach route. The castle like turrets were added in 1923 and this date is proudly displayed on the new section. The old section has had no face lift and seems at odds with the new façade attached to it. As with many towns throughout all states, the railway no longer comes to this town. In fact the line has been dug up and removed. Only a small section of the station platform, with a sign saying, Grong Grong, still remains. Everything else has been removed. This town like many others is slowly dying. Is it dying because the railway no longer comes to town or is the railway no longer coming because towns are dying? The pub may or may not have had cold beer. On the day of my visit the pub appeared closed and uninviting.


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Prince of Wales Hotel, Seymour Vic.

Along with my friend Tony J and other Royal Australian Army Armoured Corps mates based at Puckapunyal, we visited this hotel during our corps training days. Probably the reason this pub was favoured was the fact that the Puckapunyal Armoured Corp was the Prince of Wales Regiment.I celebrated a beer based 21st birthday at this pub. Somehow all these years later it did not seem as inviting despite the possibility it had cold beer on tap. Seymour the town is well endowed with hotels especially as it services the nearby army base. The original hotel built in 1839 was on the Cobb & Co Stagecoach line. Extensions were made in 1848, 1853 and 1890. I guess business was booming then. The railway still operates in this town.



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Royal Mail Hotel, Braidwood, NSW.

Braidwood sits at the top of the Great Dividing Range, west of the coast town of Batemans Bay and is the gateway to the coast for residents of the national Capital, Canberra in the ACT. The town is small but has a big pub representation (as well as an equal number of churches). On the day Donnis and I visited it was bitterly cold with winds coming from the NSW Alps driven across flat plains. No way was a cold beer inviting on this day. In fact it was so uncomfortably cold (after all it was mid -winter and the alps were thickly coated in snow) and the only thing of interest to us was a hot pie and a hot coffee.



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Tattersalls Hotel, Armidale NSW.

By the time I visited the Tattersalls it was November 2012 and despite Armidale being a cold town even in the summer, they had cold beer and good counter lunches. I was house sitting in the nearby town of Guyra (which has the distinction of being the highest point in NSW – except for the Alps of course – and for being the coldest location in NSW. It is more often colder, year round, than the Alps. In fact it snowed only two weeks before I arrived at the end of October) and visited Armidale every week for the next 5 months. I cannot find a build date for this hotel but do know it was on this location in 1896 when the newly formed Volunteer Fire Brigade arrived with their horse drawn fire engine and demonstrated climbing on nearby buildings for the crowd at the hotel. I guess the building must have undergone some facelifts as the modern façade would not have been in place in 1896.



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Union Hotel, Tumbarumba, NSW.

The town of Tumbarumba is called variously, by locals as either “Tumba” or “Tumby”. It all depends on which locals you speak with. The pub was built in 1867 and on our visit in March 2012 was looking somewhat tired and run down. The town is at the base of the NSW Alps and Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia, can be seen from here. Even in March which is the beginning of Autumn it was very cold and damp and snow was threatening. The town has two pubs, both of which are popular with motorcycle riders who come to town to ride the winding and winding and winding up and up and up Elliot Way which links with The Snowy Mountain Highway and can be taken to locations higher up in the Alps or turn back to Tumut following Talbingo Reservoir, Blowering Reservoir and the Tumut River.



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Tattersalls (Historic) Hotel, West Wyalong, NSW.

The hotel was built in 1894 and despite the alternate name of Historic Hotel there is precious little information available to support the name. I note the town is located in the Bland Shire and so bland by name and bland by nature. West Wyalong like many towns was once the site of a gold rush. Gold is no longer found in the district. The railway which once upon a time brought people and prosperity to the town is now closed. I visited the town in October 2012 on my slow meander to Guyra.



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The Dirran Pub, Dirranbandi, Qld.

Built on the site of the original Telegraph Hotel, date unknown, the Dirran also has an unknown build date. As well the locals call the pub, “The Old Moey”. Why? Don’t know, I’m not a local. These days the railway has been gone for many years, the population has declined but the town boasts a wonderful hospital and a caravan park which the owner was prepared to off load to us for a clean swap of our motorhome for the park. The caravan park came with a big old weatherboard two story house badly in need of paint and repairs. To me the house looked like the Bates House in the movie Psycho.  The main industry these days is cotton farming with the largest cotton farm in Australia, Cubby Station, just a few Klms out of town.



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Prince of Wales Hotel, Gulgong, NSW.

Hotels in Australia often have the same name.

For example, Railway Hotel, Post Office Hotel, Prince of Wales Hotel, Tattersalls Hotel, Royal Hotel and so on, throughout the length and breadth of the Commonwealth.

Here is yet another Prince of Wales with this one having been built in 1876 in yet another town kicked off by a gold rush. It has had basic improvements carried out over the years. On our visit it had been renovated to look old(ish)  A sort of 2016 version of what it could have looked like 140 years ago. The place was friendly with good cold beer and meal menu and comfortable accommodation. Gulgong itself is famous for, the gold rush of course and also being the home of a young Henry Lawson, arguably one of Australia’s finest writers, poet and balladeer. He is certainly my favourite author, not just of his poetry. Over the years I had collected many works by Henry Lawson but regrettably my books were stored when we went travelling for 4 years and the books became musty and smelly. I gave them all away.  It was a great opportunity to see the town where HL first went to school and grew up.


491. Sunday 8th May 2016.May Day march, Mother’s Day peace, a game of Rugby League and doors…

Monday 2nd May

Today was a Public Holiday…in Queensland…Officially Labour Day or May Day. It was obtained years ago by mighty pressure by the union movement to celebrate their solidarity with May Day first started in Russia when Communists overthrew the government and commenced seventy or eighty decades of darkness.


This week we did not go anywhere or do anything of note. We did our usual walks and doctors appointments.

Friday night we watched the Rugby League game between Australia and New Zealand. Although Australia won it was a snooze enducing  game and hardly worthy of an International Match status.

Apart from that it has been a quiet week.

So…Instead we will take a walk, back in time, through our portal of doors and show you some of our previously unpublished photos of interesting doors we have seen on our travels.

  1. One of many doors on the Saints Mary and Joseph Cathedral in Armidale. Built in 1912 in what is called Pyrmont Rock bricks and local Armidale Polychrome Bricks. (I can find no information regarding either of these bricks. I suspect the word polychrome was not in existence in 1912) To the untrained eye the brick looks the same colour as many other brick buildings around town which are made from the local Armidale Blue bricks. The clay for such bricks was taken from blue clay found near the Armidale Airport.

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    Catholic Church Armidale. Just love the metal work set into the top and bottom.
  2. Clock above door, in Loftus Street, Sydney Entrance on what is currently the NSW Department of Planning & Environment. Originally this building was the Department of Lands built in 1877-1890 from finely dressed Sydney Sandstone. The building is on the Register of the National Estate. Basically that means it is historic building and must be retained in pretty much the same condition it is now.

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    Department of Lands, The Rocks, Sydney.
  3. This door is on the building still bearing its original name CML – Citizens Mutual Life – at what would have been a regional office, Inverell NSW. CML like several banks, building societies, credit unions and life assurance and general insurance companies over the last 40 years first became amalgamated with a bigger entity then disappeared forever. That’s progress I guess. Sigh!!!

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    Original CML Building Inverell. NSW
  4. This delightful door is in a small historical town called Uralla in the Northern Tablelands District of NSW not far from the city of Armidale. It is located at the intersection of the New England Highway and Thunderbolts Way. Obviously it is a door not often used…look closely to see the cobwebs. The Uralla area was first occupied by squatters (people who had no legal title to land – they just showed up and took possession) in the early 1830’s and finally made it to township status in 1850. The legendary bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt, was killed in a shootout with Police in Uralla and his remains are buried at the local cemetery. Oh, by the way, look real real close and you can see the original floorboards of this late 1800’s building.

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  5. This gateway which looks like a door is located in the small township of Dorrigo NSW. Dorrigo sits atop the escarpment overlooking the flood plains of the Bellinger River and the olde worlde town of Bellingen.

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    Dorrigo. NSW.
  6. This old door is on what was once a church but is now a movie theatre called, oddly, The Glen Innes Chapel Theatre and more oddly still is located at Glen Innes in the New England District of NSW.

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    Glen Innes.
  7. This old once painted door is, like the door at Urunga, no longer used. Or at least, not used often. It is located on the hugely popular Glenmore Hotel, Cumberland Street, The Rocks Sydney, NSW. A trip to Sydney would not be complete without a walk around The Rocks which to do it justice should take around two days. Some of the houses were part of the very early days of Colonial Habitation in Sydney dating from around 1880.

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    Glenmore Hotel, The Rocks NSW.
  8. This was once a door leading to ??? WTF. It is located in the main street of Guyra, NSW in the New England District of NSW.

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    Doorway to where??? Guyra.
  9. The little town of Central Tilba in southern NSW exists precariously on dairy farmers and the town re-inventing itself as a curious tourist destination. The town boasts a little timber built theatre and this is the front door thereto.039 hall central tilba
  10. In the hinterland behind the coastal city of Wollongong is the Cordeaux Reservoir, on the Cordeaux River. This gate/doorway (closed to the public) leads down into the bowels of the dam wall and pump station of the dam wall built in 1926 in what is known as the neo Egyptian style. This dam is part of a network of dams supply water to the MacArthur Region west of Sydney and the Illawarra District on the coast below the Great Dividing Range.

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    Cordeaux Dam.

Sunday 8th May …Mothers Day.

Let me start off by saying, NO, Donnis did not get breakfast in bed. In fact not even a cuppa in bed. Worse, she had to make her own breakfast. After breakfast she went through the wardrobe selecting clothes which she has finally decided she can no longer wear. (Even after taking away all those clothes she still uses my side of the wardrobe)  Those clothes and a few of my own were bundled to take to her son Peter. He returns to work in Papua New Guinea tomorrow and asked if we had any clothes he could pass on to needy villagers. Good onyer Peter.

Being Mothers Day we travelled to Capalaba a seaside suburb of Brisbane to watch grandson Chris play in another game of Rugby League. Chris picked up the pace today, involving himself in more tackles,

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Back up and tackling a few minutes later.

getting a bad knock to the head and having to spend 10 minutes off the field in the “head bin” just in case he had concussion.

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Knocked senseless for a few minutes.

Once more on the field he threw himself back into the game and this week scored a try,

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Under that jumble of bodies is number 10, Chris scoring his first try. Look carefully just behind the goalposts you can see a very happy dad…Peter.

earning a Man of the Match Award. Good onyer Chris.

I like this new format for the blog. It shows the photo in full size.