Well, it's Ekka time again, and two things are predictable - cold westerly winds and crowds at "The Jube", otherwise known as the Jubilee Hotel. The Jube is situated at the rear of the Exhibition Grounds on St Paul's Terrace. Here is a recent photo.
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)
This is another Richard Gailey Hotel, and it opened in 1888 - the same year that the Empire and Prince Consort Hotels, also designed by Gailey, opened too. I don't know whether Gailey drank, as he was a practicing Baptist, but if he did he would have had no problems settling the dust down at the Valley. I'm sure any of his publican clients would have bought him a drink or two. Here's a photo of the hotel dating from 1929.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #1877)
Each year at Ekka time, The Jube is filled to overflowing with revellers, country and city alike. Now that the Valley is undergoing urban renewal and apartment blocks are springing up like nutgrass after a thunderstorm, I'm sure it does fine over the rest of the year as well.
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