Hotel had been in family since 1902
THE sale of the Burnett Hotel is the end of an era for Gayndah pioneering family the Lutveys.
Jan Lutvey said the Burnett Hotel had been in the family since 1902.
“They’ve really bought a piece of history,” she said.
“Our grandfather Russia Lutvey acquired it – Russia was a pioneer of Gayndah.
“He came out from Lebanon as a boy of 16 and he’s settled in Gayndah in 1898.
“It was his head office, as such. He was a hawker to start with, then he acquired land, shops and houses.”
Four years after his arrival, he bought what was then the Queensland Hotel, which he renamed the Burnett Hotel before it burnt down in 1932.
In September 1932, The Central Queensland Herald reported: “For the fourth time in three years, Gayndah suffered damage from fire early this morning, when the Burnett Hotel, one of the oldest buildings of its kind, was totally destroyed with all its contents.
“The building was insured for about 1500 pounds and the furniture for about 650 pounds. The stock was also insured.”
The new building was described by theWide Bay and Burnett Advertiser in November 1933 as “palatial”.
“The spacious veranda which were reserved for dancing presented a pretty sight, being decorated with greenery and well lighted with electricity,” it stated.
HISTORIC HANDOVER: Garnett Barnicoat (left) bought Gayndah's Burnett Hotel for daughter Narelle Barnicoat. The original hotel (pictured behind) remained in the family until October 2, marking "the end of an era" for Jan and Barry Lutvey (right).