Friday, January 22, 2010

Treasury Hotel

Diagonally across the George and Elizabeth St intersection from Queens Park is one of the oldest hotel sites in Brisbane. The first hotel generally thought to have been built on the site was the Dunmore Arms, built by Robert Cribb in 1865. In fact, it may have been built as a replacement for an earlier hotel destroyed by fire. This is what the Dunmore Arms looked like then.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #153755)

Once one of nine hotels in George St (now there are only two functioning hotels), the property passed to James Hunter, who engaged the near-ubiquitous Richard Gailey for a new design which was constructed in 1888. Here is a drawing from 1889 of the completed premises, renamed the Treasury Hotel.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #2900)

In 1997, the building was refurbished as the Treasury Tavern; now it is an Irish Murphy pub. But having a look at its current silhouette, it at least passes resemblance to its former Richard Gailey being.

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

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  1. Somehow the original Dunmore Arms pub looks more Australian and less grand (like a very impressive bank) to our modern eyes than the 1889 Treasury Hotel did. And I am assuming that since Brisbane has period of very heavy rainfall, a sloping roof would be better than a flat roof.

  2. I assume that a sloping roof would be better.

  3. This pub is one of my favourite weekend spots to catch up with friends, but I've always been interested in its history. Cheers!

  4. I worked as barman at the Treasury for Don, the then owner, in 1988-1989. The public bar was usually full with a great range of characters. There were usually a few punch ups on a friday night outside. Expo 1988 was a good time.


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