Ho­tel had been in fam­ily since 1902

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

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).

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