Railway Hotels of Australia – Volume 1- Victoria – Scott Whitaker (7.5/10)

Scott Whitaker’s book about Railway Hotels took on a greater significance recently when we stopped for lunch at the Railway Hotel at Bannockburn Victoria as mentioned on page 17 of his comprehensive tome. Not only was I able to enjoy the food at this quiet, country (-ish) public house but I was able to enjoy some of the history in the place thanks to a reading of the location earlier in the day while scanning through this first volume.

I’m looking forward to reading about the NSW public houses of the same name in the coming weeks too, and arming myself ready to head to my home state for the sampling of food and ale at these remarkable establishments.

A great reference work and Scott Whitaker should be thanked by all historians for his exhaustive labour of love. A recent release (2015) this volume and its companion covering NSW are still available new. Volume three covers Queensland, with Volume 4 covering the remaining states of the Commonwealth. Looking forward to reading these in the future too.


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