Hotels - Metropolitan Hotel Maryborough

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Hotel Francis is a heritage-listed former hotel at 310 Kent Street, Maryborough, Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1878. It is also known as Metropolitan Hotel (1878-1935). It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.[1]

The former Hotel Francis is a two-storey building, constructed in multiple stages between 1878 and 1938. It is on the site of an earlier hotel, the Maryborough Inn, later known as the Steam Packet.[1]

On 17 April 1919, the Maryborough Chronicle reported that plans had been prepared for a second storey. A photograph indicates this was completed by 1923. The photograph also shows, by this time, the Kent Street frontage was very similar in appearance to the present building but the rear, Richmond Street, extension (now two storeys) comprised only a single storey. The hotel was given its present name, the Hotel Francis, in 1935 while in the ownership of the Noonan family.[1]

Licensee Peter O'Reilly - 1926

Peter O'Reilly was licensee of the Metropolitan Hotel, Maryborough for 7 months during 1926.

In February 1926, an advertisement appeared in the Catholic Advocate announcing that Peter O'Reilly was managing the Metropolitan Hotel, Maryborough.[2] He succeeded Mr B. J. Kluck as proprietor. Mr. Kluck went on to manage the re-modelled and renovated Pialba Hotel.[3] The advertisements in the Catholic Advocate continued up until the 27 May 1926 edition.[4]

An advertisement appeared in the Maryborough Chronicle on 20 August 1926, advising that Mrs M. M. Wardell had taken over the Metropolitan Hotel, Maryborough.[5]


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  2. Catholic Advocate, Thu 11 Feb 1926, p. 40.
  3. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Mon19 Apr 1926, p. 4.
  4. Catholic Advocate, Thu 27 May 1926, p. 51.
  5. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Fri 20 Aug 1926, p. 8.

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