Police helping hotel locate historic book
THE black guest register book from the Mulgildie Hotel has gone missing and reported stolen to the police.
The book has been handed down from publican to publican since the hotel was established by Ivy Bourne in 1927.
Hotel owner Julie South said the book was not the property of the publicans, but of the hotel itself.
“It means a lot to the hotel and we just want it back,” Mrs South said.
“All the publicans all the way down have written names and addresses in the book.
“There’s a guest register and it’s all beautiful old handwriting.”
Mrs South said the book was usually kept secure but had been missing since they returned to the pub three months ago.
Monto police officer Mick Bazzo said the matter was under investigation.
“We have received a complaint with regards to it, which we are looking into and hopefully we can get it back, since it’s an important piece of memorabilia for the pub,” Sgt Bazzo said.
Mrs South said the book was irreplaceable and of no monetary value.
Mulgildie Hotel will be holding an all-day market on May 6 to raise money for The Rex restoration project.