History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: The Garie ‘gold rush’

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Looking Back

Centennial Hotel Helensburgh 1925 anu Hanley’s Centennial Hotel, Helensburgh, 1925. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.


Mick and son, Peter Hanley at the bar of the Cabbage Tree Hotel, Fairy Meadow in 2003 Mick and son, Peter Hanley at the bar of the Cabbage Tree Hotel, Fairy Meadow in 2003. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection

A FORMER police officer, and one time host of the Cabbage Tree Hotel at Fairy Meadow, Mick Hanley was quite surprised, while going about his business as a licensing cop in 1990, to find his family name on the facade of the Centennial Hotel at Helensburgh.

A little research and he discovered his great great great grand-uncle William Hanley established the pub on the opposite side of the road in 1888. He was even more surprised to learn that his great great great grandfather John Hanley built the original pub. The family later rebuilt the popular watering hole in its present location in 1915.

While at the helm of the Cabbage Tree Hotel…

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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