Corones comes back to life

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THE RICH yet rocky his­tory of the Ho­tel Corones has en­dured in Charleville for as long as most res­i­dents can re­mem­ber.

Now, for­mer pub­li­can Frances Hardy has im­mor­talised the sto­ries from the her­itage-listed wa­ter­ing hole in a book ti­tled The Ac­ci­den­tal Aus­tralians.

Mrs Hardy be­lieves in the im­por­tance of sto­ry­telling and pre­serv­ing the his­tory of a place she loves.

“In Charleville they have this fan­tas­tic re­source in the Ho­tel Corones, be­cause it was built by some­one who came here as a mi­grant at the turn of the 20th cen­tury, and made an in­deli­ble mark in West­ern Queens­land.”

Mrs Hardy and her hus­band bought the pub in the mid-1980s, and their time be­hind the bar is what in­spired her to bring Harry Corones back to life.

“We spent 17 years dis­cov­er­ing this fan­tas­tic story and re­fur­bish­ing the ho­tel.

“We wanted to tell a story that was im­por­tant to the district; the story of a pub.”


LO­CAL FLAVOUR: Author and for­mer pub­li­can Frances Hard­ing serv­ing cus­tomers.

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