Book Series

Author: Scott Whitaker

Railway Track through countryside
In the early days, Railway Hotels (along with Terminus, Junction and Station) were quickly established to service the railway construction workers, or navvies. Some publicans stayed in the new town, others moved on with the navvies to the next camp. Some existing hotels were renamed to celebrate the arrival of railway communication, and some were moved to a new site nearer the railway station. Inevitably, the Railway Hotel was the haunt of the local railway workforce.

There was once over 600 Railway Hotels in Australia, but by the 1920s many had gone. Some had been burnt down – deliberately or otherwise – or even levelled by an earthquake or washed away in a flood.

Nevertheless there could have been more. Would–be publicans at Mt Gambier in South Australia, Cook on the Nullarbor Plain and at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory as well as at many other places, announced their intention of opening a Railway Hotel. Some of these people were refused a licence, some had a change of heart or some simply opened their hotel under a different name. And what about the Railway Hotels in towns that never had a railway. How could that be?

Join author Scott Whitaker as he journey’s around Australia investigating the life of the Railway Hotel through volumes 1-4.

Carisbrook Railway Hotel Exterior with people standing out front

Source: Carisbrook Historical Society

Volume Four is Out Now!

The final chapter in Scott Whitaker’s four-volume study of every Railway Hotel that trades or once traded in Australia has arrived.

Volume Four of Railway Hotels of Australia covers South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia.

It has been produced to the same high-quality standards as the previous three books.

The books look impressive either as a stand-alone work, or as a complete set.

Volume Four, released in late April 2019 is available for you to own at $70 plus $15 post and packaging. It is limited to a run of only 600 copies, so order now to secure your copy

Volume Four- Rest of Australia: Railway Hotels of Australia Book Cover




Celebration Special

To celebrate the final volume, SRW Publishing has the other three volumes available for the special price of $50 plus $15 p/p per copy.

This is great news for those wishing to complete their ‘set’ or to purchase a copy as a gift for friends or family.

Please note that the availability of the Victorian book is limited, with less than 50 copies remaining.

In the eight years until 1 December 2018, SRW Publishing has donated in excess of $4000 in cash and books to historical societies, museums, libraries and railway preservation groups. With your support, Scott hopes to reach his target of $10 000 in donations by the end of 2019.

Volume One: Railway Hotels of Australia Book Cover

Volume One ~ Victoria

The coming of the railway was a major event in the history of many towns and cities across Victoria. This is the story behind every Railway Hotel; and the social, economic and political themes that have shaped society over the last 150 years.

Volume Two - New South Wales: Railway Hotels of Australia Book Cover

Volume Two ~ New South Wales

The coming of the railway was a major event in the history of many towns and cities across New South Wales. This is the story behind every Railway Hotel; and the social, economic and political themes that have shaped society over the last 150 years.

Volume Three - Queensland: Railway Hotels of Australia Book Cover

Volume Three ~ Queensland

The coming of the railway was a major event in the history of many towns and cities across Queensland. This is the story behind every Railway Hotel; and the social, economic and political themes that have shaped society over the last 150 years.

Review

“I congratulate Scott for achieving this substantial compilation, and commend the book to a wide readership: railway and hotel hobbyists, publicans, people with an interest in local or social history, or with an interest in architecture. Many readers may be enthused to seek and sample survivors, and join the spirits of patrons and publicans from the early years.”

Roderick Smith, retired editor of Rail News Victoria

Porcupine Railway construction camp plaque

Porcupine Railway Construction Camp

Lloyd Foster of Bendigo has sent a photo of the plaque that commemorates the former Porcupine Railway construction camp near Harcourt…

Scott with Pauline McCracken at Barcaldine Railway Hotel

Barky Days

On the same day that the raid on the Australian Workers Union was making headlines around the country, Scott arrived at the birthplace of the AWU: Barcaldine

Mt Isa library staff, Tracey and Amanda with author, Scott Whitaker

A warm welcome from Mount Isa.

Another interesting day on the tour starting this morning at Mount Isa where I did an interview with Zara from ABC radio.

Scott on Air at ABC Townsivlle Studio

Media Frenzy and it’s Hot Hot Hot!

Fresh from conducting an interview with Zara Margolis from ABC radio North West at Mount Isa on Friday 6th October, Scott was back in the studios on Wednesday, recording an interview with Angus Peacocke

Codd bottle with railway hotel, Brisbane inscription

Message on a bottle

One of the most rewarding aspects about conducting author talks around the country, is meeting up with people who have connections with former Railway Hotels.

Kasey of Emu Park Library with Scott Whitaker

The Home of Rum

Scott arrived in Bundaberg after touring Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast. Speaking engagements today at Bundaberg Library, and then Gin Gin Library before heading to Calliope Library.

Ed Tonk Smelters Haven to Artists Rest

Killingworth Railway Hotel

Pub and railway historian and local author Ed Tonks has forwarded some details regarding the little-known Railway Hotel at Killingworth (22km west of Newcastle)…

Antique Film Projector at Mitchell Library, QLD

Lights, Camera, Action

An enthusiastic bunch of locals gathered at the Mitchell library on election day (for the Queensland state parliament) for one of Scott’s popular author talks

Map of Australia that shows all of the locations that Scott has visited

Scott of the Railway Hotel

A map showing all the locations Scott has visited for Railway Hotels of Australia…

Doug Haigh Lookout

Western Queensland Tours: Rissoles, Views, and the Ravenswood Railway Hotel.

A small but enthusiastic crowd greeted me at Charters Towers, Hughenden and Winton libraries over the past couple of days…

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