Thank you to Norah Colvin who nominated me this challenge. Norah’s passion is childhood education and even if you don’t have children, there is always thought-provoking insightful writing that keeps those grey cells working.
The Victoria Hotel in Goondiwindi was named after Queen Victoria – Australians in those days loved their Queen and their drinking. It didn’t start life looking like a cross between Victorian Architecture and the grand designs of art decco and the jazz age but rather a single story shingle shack, with hitching rails and horse troughs, that appeared soon after the founding of the town.
The town, close to the NSW border in the central south-west of Qld, sits on the edge of the MacIntyre River. The various lagoons are a haven for much bird life, which gives it the aboriginal name of Goonawinna meaning the resting place of many birds. It was the place where three large unfenced grazing properties met and became a campsite for the bullock teams from NSW which brought up food and mail for them. Eventually a petition asking the lands department of the day for land to be released for purchase. In 1860 an auction for around 35 1 acre blocks and 56 town blocks was held with all but two selling and a town was born.
Over the years various owners have added to the Victoria Hotel with its present appearance created by Bill Bell somewhere in the 1920 and 30s. He added the tower which displays a tower of Pisa type of lean. Not only is it a visual beauty but the characters that frequent it have created their own history. Cow cockies would ride into the bar and lassoo the drinks they wanted and during the 1956 flood a customer took his boat into the bar.
The other claim to fame of Goondiwindi is that this is the origin of the famous racehorse Gunsynd who is also memorialised in the hotel with one of the bars named after him.
The blogger I am nominating today (with no pressure to join in ) is Judy Dykstra -Brown who has a great attitude to life, writes poetry and short stories and currently lives in Mexico.If you wish to participate it is 1 photo a day for five days add a story fiction or non-fiction or poetry, link to the person that nominated you and nominate 1 person each day.