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Ryans Hotel Thirroul

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Looking Back: Urwins and the Headlands Hotel

By MICK ROBERTS. IN the days when the two big breweries ruled the liquor industry, owning most of New South Wales’ hotels, and ‘tying’ clubs and pubs to exclusive beer sales, Bob and Lurline Urwin made quite a name for themselves as trouble-shooting temporary managers for one of Australia’s most successful – Tooheys Limited. Born … Continue reading

Looking Back: Riley’s Thirroul wine saloon

By MICK ROBERTS. AFTER last drinks were called at Thirroul’s Ryans Hotel, in the days of the “Six O’clock Swill”, swards of men would trudge down the road to Riley’s wine saloon. The wine bar, on the corner of The Esplanade and Lawrence Hargrave Drive, hit its peak in popularity during the 1920s and 30s … Continue reading

Looking Back feature: Mother Ryan: The untold story of Thirroul’s Johanna Ryan

By MICK ROBERTS. FIFTY five years after the death of her husband, Irish hotelier Johanna Ryan was finally reunited with her spouse Michael, laid to rest beside him in the Catholic section of Australia’s largest cemetery. The year was 1956, and the grand old landlady, who ruled her pubs with an iron fist for over … Continue reading

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