Palace Hotel Broken Hill : Just for fun…

palace hotel (1 of 7)_3508x4677This sign stopped me in my tracks. I had to smile and then go inside the Palace Hotel. This is an iconic building and possibly one of the best known in Broken Hill. palace hotel (7 of 7)_4701x3888

“The building was erected as a coffee palace in 1889 at a cost of £12, 190 pounds. The Temperance Movement (a group that believes in non-licensed venues for the community) commissioned the build; They had a vision of a place for fine dining and coffee. Setting it apart from the licensed hotels that were abundant in broken hill.

The architect was Alfred Dunn from Melbourne; he had successfully won a competition to design the hotel. The build was unprofitable as a coffee palace and ultimately became a licensed hotel in 1892.”

Walking through the front entrance this is an amazing sight and the camera goes into over-drive. palace hotel (2 of 7)_5184x3888

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These information boards told the story of the stiletto and murals. Owing to the poor light they are not too clear, but the story they tell is interesting…

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The hotel played a starring role in the 1994 Australian film, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

So just for fun I am going to give you a YouTube clip from the movie.

Of course we went in for a meal one evening.

Photo from the restaurant web-site. Check the menu, I forgot to take a photo.

Thanks Patti for the inspiration Lens-Artists photo challenge : Just for fun.

46 comments

  1. My biggest BH regret? I didn’t doll up and go to the “Priscilla” premiere! However, I did watch a footie team on a progressive dinner fundraiser leap out of their bus near the sculptures in drag. I was involved in a writing camp with high school students at the time.

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