ON TOUR: Railway author Scott Whitaker takes his job seriously.
ON TOUR: Railway author Scott Whitaker takes his job seriously.

History comes alive at Railway Hotel

WHAT secrets, scandals and spirits haunt the history of Yeppoon's iconic Railway Hotel?

Find out when Scott Whitaker, author of Railway Hotels of Australia, comes to the Capricorn Coast this month.

The Author Tour: Railway Hotels will celebrate Scott's new book which details the history of every Railway Hotel that trades, or once traded, in Queensland.

In earlier years, Railway Hotels were set up to service the railway's construction workers or navvies in different communities and were the main haunt favoured by the local railway workers.

There were more than 600 Railways Hotels in Australia at one point, but by the beginning of the 1920s many had been burnt down, struck by an environmental disaster or let go to ruins.

In Yeppoon, we are lucky enough to have the Railway Hotel which still stands to this day. Recently renovated, it is a popular location for both young and old with live music, pokies and dining.

Scott will soon visit the Capricorn Coast to treat residents to an informative and entertaining talk about the history of Railway Hotels, specifically those in Queensland, which would be of great interest to local historians, rail enthusiasts, researchers, genealogists and those keen to know more about hotels and all things history.

Scott said he thought it would be a nice little project to indulge himself with and trace the history of 20-30 Railway Hotels, after venturing into retirement.

Bookings to 4913 3850. Although this is a free event, seats are limited and bookings are essential.



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