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Hanley’s Centennial Hotel, Helensburgh, 1925. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.
By MICK ROBERTS ©
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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