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The Glenroy Hotel: A History

Let’s talk about this famous haven for all Quins, our 2nd home, Sean Penn’s favourite Aussie boozer (true fact) and Alexandria favourite: The Glenroy Hotel.

The pub was established by 43-year-old Thomas Barber Goldfinch in July 1856 on the main road between Sydney-Town and Botany Bay. It was a busy thoroughfare, dotted with market gardens, homes and factories. Tom, his wife Hannah, and four children, arrived in Sydney as free settlers on-board the ship, Emperor in 1848. He closed the pub in 1861 and returned to butchering.

The Salutation Inn was reborn in 1878, when career publican, John Spicer Paris had the premises re-licensed on February 12.

The name of the Salutation Hotel was changed briefly to the Benham, Kent Hotel in December 1895, before Charles Glendenning gained permission for its current name, the Glenroy in December 1898.

The original Glenroy, or the Salutation as it was previously known, was a two storey brick corner pub, with a cast iron railed balcony popular with politicians on the hustings. It was demolished in August 1906 and its subsequent rebuilding into the current two storey Federation Arts and Crafts architectural style, with references to "Olde English" mock Tudor style was fashionable at the time.

Tooth and company took ownership of the new pub in 1907.

An unlikely host to its mostly blue collar workers, former opera singer, Roy Glasheen received the license of the Glenroy in October 1940.

The Mock Tudor style hotel features a hipped roof which is defined by a high ridge line, Marseilles tile cladding, and exposed rafters. A faux crenulated turret, with a tudoresque chimney is set between a symmetrical pair of projecting half-timbered gables facing each street. Both elevations are treated in identical fashion, constructed of rendered and painted brick. There is a curved cantilevered awning with a 'Wunderlich' pressed metal soffit. Glazed ceramic tiles feature on the ground floor facade, with wall-mounted poster cases.

Enormous thanks to @ Sydney_Explained for the research and our own @archi_jones for the spot.


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