gypsylady wrote:SO....what it the story Baz......
Here's the last 70yrs of Newnes and the pubs story.The Last 70 Years
With the decision to establish Glen Davis, most of those people who still lived at Newnes finally left. Many parts of the Newnes works, particularly tanks and machinery, were recovered and shipped to Glen Davis for re-use. The Newnes railway was pulled up and a petrol pipeline laid in its place. In 1946, what was left of the works was sold for scrap. Most of the privately owned buildings had been removed by their owners, while the old company buildings were readily sold due to the short supply of building materials during and after World War II. Buildings were removed to Lidsdale, Portland, Lithgow and elsewhere where some can still be seen today. Recovery of material continued into the 1950s, while a few buildings still stood until the early 1960s. The old Newnes Hotel is the last surviving building at Newnes belonging to the mining period.
During the 1940s, the Newnes Hotel carried on business with some of its trade coming from weekend visitors from Glen Davis who had hiked "over the hill". The abandoned town was also used as a set for at least two films made in this period.
By the late 1950s, increased usage of the motor car and better roads led to more visitors coming to Newnes from Sydney and elsewhere, particularly at weekends. Newnes, with its quaint, old-time "pub" was becoming a popular camping spot.
Unfortunately the hotel was located on the bank of the Wolgan River and was flood prone. Over the years, a number of floods had damaged the area, but in 1986 during a large flood, the river changed course and undermined the hotel structure. To survive, the building was moved by voluntary helpers in 1987, but it sold its last beer in October, 1988 and since then has been operating as a kiosk open only on weekends.
In 1978, Wollemi National Park was formed. This included most of the land surrounding Newnes, including all the old mining leases, the mines and the works. In 1994, extensions to the park saw further areas at Newnes taken up, although the hotel and some land north and south are still privately owned. The existence and expansion of the park only serves to emphasise that Newnes is slowly returning to the bush from whence it came.
The volenteers were mostly members of 4WD clubs and Motorcycle touring clubs.
One of the most famous things about the pub was it was used in a film about Ned Kelly called "A Message to Kelly".
Cast and crew outside the Newes Hotel, in the movie it was called the Jerilderie Hotel.
The reason apparently for not selling beer anymore was the liquor licencing board removed the liquor licence as the pub was no longer in it's original position and would not reinstate it, so now it is the pub with no beer, there is accommodation available there but no beer, strictly BYO.
There you go, some of the history of the area and the pub, I missed the weekends of this, I was off somewhere doing something else, but a couple of my mates at the time where there hepling out.