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Lee's Hotel

Lee's Hotel

"The Original Pub with No Beer

In 1943 Local farmer Dan Sheahan rode 20 miles to town for a beer at the Day Dawn Hotel in Ingham. Beer was rationed during the war and the American servicemen had drunk the bar dry the night before. On hearing this from the publican Gladys Harvey, and unhappy about riding home dry, Dan penned a poem that he called the "Pub without beer".

On January 1st 1944, the NQ Register published the poem in Ben Bowyangs column.

In 1956 songwriter Gordon Parsons was handed a scrap of paper at the Taylors Arms Hotel in NSW with the poem as an "anonymous" verse. He revamped it and presented it as a song to Slim who recorded it on the back of "Saddle Boy" on April Fools Day 1957.

Confusion of the songs origin reigned for years until Slim acknowledged Dan's claim in his book "The Country Mile".

The Original Pub With No Beer was owned by the Harvey family and was partly demolished and rebuilt as Lee's Hotel.

Recently Lee's hotel received Queensland Icon Status through the Queensland Heritage Trust and was formally recognized as the Original 'Pub with no Beer'.

We can assure you, we are unlikely to run out of beer again!"
- courtesy Lee's Hotel website

Lee's Hotel
Photo: NOV 2000
Photo submitted by: Robert Aspinall, Many Thanks

  • Lee's Hotel boasts a The Cane Cutters Main Bar, Raw Sugar Wine & Cocktail Bar and our Restaurant Bar
  • Lee's Hotel has Motel-Style Accommodation. Each Room has it's own:

Ensuite Bathroom, Air-Conditioning, Television, Refrigerator, Tea & Coffee

The hotel is located in the centre of town. All shops and services are within walking distance. Our A La Carte restaurant is the perfect place to eat.

  • Lee's Hotel's famous Original Art Deco restaurant boasts an excellent Chef and wonderful menu options.Making Facilities and Ceiling Fans.

Lee's Famous Carvery is renowned throughout the region and is essential you book a table on a Friday night to ensure you don't miss out!

_info courtesy Lee's Hotel Website, Many Thanks

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58 Lannercost St
Queensland 4850
07 47761577

Lee's Hotel
Photo: NOV 2000

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