Corones comes back to life
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.