Volume One ~ Victoria
Railway Hotels of Australia
This book by Scott Whitaker, railway enthusiast and part-time historian, is sure to make fascinating reading as it details the history of every Railway Hotel that trades, or once traded in Victoria.
Additionally, it explores the importance and history of Victorian Railways, the history and development of the town, and the social, economic and political themes that have helped to shape Victorian society over the last 150 years.
Consisting of 272 pages in length, this HardCover book contains hundreds of historic and contemporary images, as well as a range of advertisements and anecdotes that add interest and establish the mood of the era.
It is proudly printed in Australia on high-quality art paper, and will cater to many readers, from railway and hotel hobbyists, publicans, as well as people who are interested in local or social history, and architecture.
210mm x 297mm
Railway Hotels of Victoria
“… The contractor responsible for the construction of the line north from Bendigo towards Echuca was a Mr Higgins, who adpoted the practice of paying his men not by the hour, but by the value of the work they performed…” – p.38
Glenrowan Railway Tavern
“… The railway reached Glenrowan on 28 October 1873 when the 40 km section of the Albury Line between Benalla and Wangaratta opened. Shortly afterwards, Patric McDonnell purchased an old inn on what is now Glastone Street and renamed the house as the Railway Tavern.” – p.97
Goldsborough Railway Hotel
“… Goldsborough was the first station after Dunolly on the Yelta line that opened as far as Bealiba on 3 September 1878.” – p.98
Yarraville Railway Hotel
“… Other sporting events were held at the Railway Hotel. In the late 1890s, a buggy race to Werribee and back was organised. Then the Yarraville Sports and Athletics Club was founded at the hotel in 1899.” – p.247
“… 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 B Smith, retired editor Rail News Victoria