Former Railway Hotel in Mangalore
Former Railway Hotel
Former Railway Hotel
It was the Publican at the Hotel , I researched and wrote up the History of the Hotel, which unfortunately no longer operates as a Business. I forward this information onto you guys. Graeme R. Fellows
Thanks Graeme for information on the fascinating history of this old Pub and building!
HISTORY OF THE RAILWAY HOTEL MANGALORE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE PATRONS OF THE HOTEL - researched by GRAEME R. FELLOWS
The Railway Hotel was first built at the inter--section of the Goulburn Valley Highway and the present Hume Freeway. It moved to premises at the Corner of O'Connors Road and Grant Street Mangalore in 1880 during the Gold Rush days, and the Advent of the North East Rail Line where the main junction stood for many years,
During the War years, 65 trains would pass the Station on a busy day.
In 1925 the Hotel was burnt to the ground and in their wisdom the owners decided to rebuild the Hotel on the Hume Highway. During the rebuilding stage, the Hotel operated out of a house which was adj cent to the existing premises. The house no longer stands today.
It re-opened in 1935 and as many trucks travelled the Hume Highway, at the 68 mile post from Melbourne (the mileage post still stand outside the hotel today), was the perfect time to stop, take a break and enjoy a good meal.
It was commonly known as the "Truckles Pub" and on most nights to park a vehicle in the car park was out of the question, had to wait for a vacancy.
Unfortunately with the Advent of the Hume Freeway which by-passed the Hotel, the survival of the Hotel remained with the locals and people from Seymour/Avenue and surrounding districts. It's reputation as an excellent meal Hotel booking were required on Friday and Saturday nights to secure a table.
One of the many highlights of the Hotel is that it is rumoured that the Kelly Gang attempted to Rob the Licensee of the takings, but without success.
In 1939 the Hotel had THREE poker machines during the Exelby period, and after this period the Victorian Government banned poker machines in Victoria.
1946 saw the Licensee Loughman have complete faith in his patrons.
Would allow patrons to sence themselves whilst he attended local cricket association meetings. Many occasions saw the local licensing squad closing the hotel in the early hours of the morning with nobody
in the bar or on the premises.
Memorabilia frequented the Hotel walls with paper clippings on report of the brilliant batting of Sir Donald Bradman. The cost of living in those days is also very interesting.
During the 90's, the Hotel had several bands working the beer garden, with the most notable being "The Dead Ringer Band" which incidently would pack the Hotel to the Rafters. One of the group, the daughter Kasey Chambers is today a leading singer in the Country & Western field, and has won many awards for her efforts.
Another interesting piece of History for the Hotel is "Smithy" corner. This belonged to local identity Grahame Douglas Smith who had frequented the Hotel since the end of the Second World War. During the 90's, Melbourne Artists, Ross When, painted "Smithy" in his corner on canvass. This was entered into the Archibald Prize with ut success. The painting stood 7ft high by 5 ft wide, a true reflection of the man.
Many pieces of Railway History for the area were on display, not to mention the Staffing Machine which stood in the corner of the Restaurant, near the bar.
History repeated itself on the 7th June 2003 when the Hotel was once again badly damaged by fire, causing it to cease operation for 9 months.
in March 2004 the Hotel recommenced trading, but after only a few years, about 2010, the Hotel closed the doors for the final time and today is Residential Premises.
Former Railway Hotel
Photo date unknown
Photo submitted by Graeme R Fellows Publican, Many Thanks
RAILWAY HOTEL MANGALORE - LICENSEES
1880 O'CONNOR FAMILY
1909 November 1915 KATE O'CONNOR
1915 March 1923 EDWARD O'CONNOR
1923 August 1927 WILLIAM RYAN
1927 August 1928 CHARLES STOW
1928 February 1929 HANNAH HARRIS
1929 May 1929 GWENNETH RALEIGH
1929 May 1930 HANNAH HARRIS
1930 May 1932 JOHN SPAUL
1932 January 1933 WILLIAM RYAN
1933 March 1934 MAUD LEIGHTON
1934 June 1934 GRACE LOVELL
1934 March 1935 JOHN ROCHFORT
1935 August 1935 JOHN HAMILTON
1935 July 1936 RITA GOULD
1936 March 1937 JOHN FRANCIS HOLLAND
1937 March 1939 ALBERT WILSON
1939 May 1940 GLADYS ELIZABETH EXELBY
1940 October 1941 PATRICK JOSEPH O'HANLON
1941 February 1945 JAMES BOWEN PAIN
1945 April 1946 THOMAS STANLEY MILLER
1946 February 1961 JOHN BERNARD LOUGHMAN
1961 February 1963 KENNETH ORMOND HENSHALL
1963 December 196 HERBERT CHARLES DUKE
1968 February 1971 TREVOR W. & IRENE J. HODGES
1971 August 1972 HAROLD MILTON & NEILSA QUANCHI
1972 November 1973 GEOFFREY LEON COHEN
1973 July 1976 JAN & ELAINE MARY WITTE
1976 June 1989 JOHN & CLARE VERONICA PARDOE
1989 June 1995 IAN & SHIRLEY WOODS
1995 January 1998 GRAEME ROBERT FELLOWS
1998 March 2000 EDWARD CAULFIELD & HILLARY & CHRIS
2000 July 2001 GRAEME ROBERT FELLOWS
2001 VALYA TUBECKI
June 2003 Hotel severley damaged by fire March 2004 Trading Recommences