Photographers can’t go past this pub in Coolgardie, Western Australia
Built in 1898, the two-storied brick and iron Marvel Bar hotel is a classic example of early Federation Free Classical architecture in Australia and has got to be Coolgardie’s most photographed pub.
The pity is, it hasn’t been licensed since 1927!
Situated along the main thoroughfare, Bayley Street in Coolgardie Western Australia, the Marvel Bar Hotel was originally a shed like building made of galvanised iron (c. 1892). It’s publican Jack McGregor made the hotel rather popular as it was a welcoming place for the early goldrush miners with a relaxed dresscode and free meals for those down on their luck. In keeping with the show of wealth in boomtime Coolgardie, the building was demolished and rebuilt as a two-storied hotel in 1898. Unfortunately for the new publican Mick Moran, strict liquor licensing laws meant that the pub lost it’s license to operate as a hotel and subsequently the license was not renewed in 1927. Aside from some weathering to the paint and damage to the render, little has changed about the appearance of this building since then. This grand building was added to the Heritage Register in 2012.
A quick survey of Instagram proves that the Marvel Bar Hotel makes a popular photo subject out of the 23 heritage listed buildings that still stand in Coolgardie today. Although the building doesn’t operate as a public pub it is the home of the Coolgardie RSL sub-branch and hosts social nights, a Christmas function and the yearly ANZAC service.
Coolgardie is the starting point for the 965km self-drive Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Whilst you are on your journey, be sure to upload your pic of the Marvel Bar Hotel and add it the growing catalogue of images of this fine goldrush-era watering hole.
Top 10 Instagram photos of the Marvel Bar Hotel in Coolgardie.
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Coolgardie is a small mining ghost town in Western Australia, 558 kilometres (347 mi) east of the state capital, Perth. It has a population of approximately 850 people. It was once the third largest town in Western Australia (after Perth and Fremantle). At this time, mining of alluvial gold was a major industry and supplied the flagging economy with new hope. Many miners suffered under the harsh conditions, but for a few, their finds made the hard work worthwhile. Most men, however, left poorer than they had started off, with their hopes dashed.(wiki) #westernaustralia #roadtrip #coolgardie #travelphotography #travelgram #traveling #travellingthroughtheworld
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1900‘s gold rush architecture. Love this style which you can find in Western Australia‘s little outback towns. And of course our LandCruiser fits well in that picture. Hope they preserve the houses from being demolished even if towns get abandoned. #travelaustralia #outback #outbackaustralia #goldrush #1900s #1900house #architecture #architecturephotography #oldhouse #ruins #oldstyle #streetview #streetphoto_bw #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #landcruiser #landcruiser76 #schwarzweiss #schwarzweissfoto #schwarzweissfotografie
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