Some pubs in Orange have retained their name and location for more than a century.
But one pub has not only changed its name many times it has also moved from the Orange CBD near the present Royal Hotel, to Glenroi.
The earliest records of the Central Hotel, from the Tooth’s Brewery files now available to the public through the Australian National University and the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, date from the early 1920s.
It shows sales were in decline throughout the decade. Things began to pick up in 1931 as Tooheys renewed its ownership with May Violet Berlasconi as the first of several licensees through the decade.
MAP: Where is the Ophir Hotel located now …
The Tooth’s inspector who visited the pub in 1936 recorded Tooheys had spent 1600 pounds on improvements.
The records also show the introduction of 10pm closing in 1955 brought a swift increase in sales. However the hotel closed on April 1, 1960.
“Final removal to Bathurst Road and Elizabeth Street Orange granted on September 23, 1960,” the records state.
Six days later the licence went to the new premises, with a new name, The Ophir Hotel.
The move proved worthwhile with sales and profits rising soon after.
At one point its name was changed to the Koala Inn.
In November 1976 it became the Welcome Inn only to change name again a year later when it became the Orange Motor Lodge and later the Ophir Tavern.
The early name of The Ophir Hotel is currently being used.
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