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YOU’D be hard pressed to find a hap­pier pub goer than Bernie O’Brien at Cal­liope.

The re­tired truck driver and former postie boy has lived at the Cal­liope Car­a­van Park for 31 years.

Ev­ery morn­ing, he is the first cus­tomer in the door at the Dig­gers Arms Ho­tel for his four pints.

“It’s al­ways been a good pub,” he said.

“There wouldn’t be a pub around in Glad­stone older than this.”

The Dig­gers Arms was the first pub in Cal­liope and has re­mained at the same site for more than 150 years.

It has spent the past six months in re­ceiver­ship but made head­lines this week when news broke new own­ers are ex­pected to take over in two weeks time.

Pub cook Karen Stod­dart has lived in the town for 45 years and said the best part about work­ing at the pub was see­ing fa­mil­iar friendly faces. “Ev­ery­one sticks their head in and waves to you and chats away and gives you a bit of cheek,” she said.

“I like this sort of en­vi­ron­ment.”

The late Cal­liope res­i­dent, Wally Wright, was a well-known daily pub vis­i­tor more than 20 years ago.

A bust created in his mem­ory sits be­hind the counter at Dig­gers Arms.

Mr Wright was a former cleaner – back when Billy Green owned the pub – and was known for his say­ing: “You Know I.”

Sa­muel Evans opened the ho­tel south of the main Cal­liope Town­ship in 1864. How­ever, he did not stay long. Mr Evans sold the ho­tel to Al­fred Sim­mons, of Rock­hamp­ton, by the end of 1865.

The new owner only lasted 18 months and sold the prop­erty to Fran­cis ‘Frank’ Pu­jo­las in 1867.

Mr Pu­jo­las lived at the premises with this wife Agnes Hales and their three sons, Thomas, Frank and Harry.

The orig­i­nal pub was re­named Dig­gers Arms in the same year.

❝been It’s al­ways a good pub. There wouldn’t be a pub around in Glad­stone older than this.

— Bernie O’Brien


Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, 2017 glad­sto­neob­ OLD TIMER: Bernie O'Brien is a reg­u­lar at the Dig­gers Arms in Cal­liope. New own­ers are ex­pected to start in two weeks. The late Wally Wright (in­set) was known at the pub for his fa­mous say­ing: “You Know...

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