Hotel celebrates 150 years
THE building was built by a stock-and-station agent and also used to be the lodging place for Cobb & Co. It’s gone by many names but today you’ll know it as O’Mahony’s.
It was firstly known as Allman’s Hotel, then had a name change to the National Hotel in 1930, until the hotel was purchased a few years ago by present licensees Joan and Kevin Wallace, who named it after their grandmother and changed it to O’Mahony’s.
Established in 1887 and completed 20 years later, in 1907 the hotel thrived because of its location opposite the railway station. It wasn’t only a place to grab a drink but also a great vantage point when royalty came to town.
Kevin Wallace and his sister Joan used to travel by rail from Yangan to school each day. They recall seeing the hotel in its heyday.
“I remember this hotel as being a very busy place, it was extremely popular for people who came in from out of town to stay,” Mr Wallace said.
“As the years went by, the building started to deteriorate and that was the point when my sister and I decided to purchase the building, so we could restore to its former glory as we remembered,” he said.
To celebrate 150 years of Warwick becoming a municipality, O’Mahony’s hotel will hold many events.
The first is at lunch on Monday, May 23, with music by Graham Muller on piano, supported by Terry Gilchrist.
The second will be on Thursday night, May 26, where guests can rock on with Studio 2 performing popular hits from the 1960s through to the hits of today.
On Friday night, May 27, guests can go back in time with Michael Woollett playing old-time dance favourites. Kick up your heels with old time and new vogue.
There will also be tours of all 36 rooms of the hotel.