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The Molly Malone’s Site

The first permanent European settlers in Townsville, Andrew Ball and Mark Watt Reid established their home camps on the site between Tattersall’s and the Queens Hotel building.

The site also housed Townsville’s first bakery with the construction of a bread oven by Robert Philip- later the Honorable sir Robert Philip KCMG.

The first freehold title on the land was secured by Messrs Cuthbertand and Clarke in July 1865 for 85 pounds.


First Hotel Establishment

The first licensed boarding house to be established on the Tattersall’s site was opened by Hermann De Zoet in 1865 under the name of Townsville Boarding House – Cleveland Bay.

The boarding house was the second licensed premises to be opened in Townsville with the Criterion opening first and catering to a higher class of clientele.

The boarding house was all but completely destroyed by a cyclone in March 1867, but was rebuilt and re opened with a lavish ball in just three weeks.

By October of that year Alexander Mollinson who was the then owner, had struck financial difficulties and formed a partnership with Charles Norrie.  Mollinson retained the position as license.

In a tragic twist of fate Alexander Mollinson died in April 1868 leaving a widow and five children. just three months before a gold boom brought considerable prosperity to the fledgling city of Townsville.  The benefits of that gold boom were left to James Evans who purchased the hotel from the Mollinson’s estate.


Tattersall’s Hotel

Molly Malones Irish Pub previously known as the Tattersall’s Hotel heritage history

In the four years the hotel was owned by Mr. Evans Tattersall’s acquired its name and considerable improvements were made.  He constructed a two story wing along Wickham Street and an American Bowling Alley, as well as expanding the building to contain 15 rooms, three sitting rooms, a tap room, a larger circular bar and an underground cellar, kitchen and stables.

In 1872 Evans turned his attention to the construction of the Queens Hotel and Tattersalls’s was placed in the hands of Licensees, J.B. Robson and later James Lynch, before being taken over by Mr James McGrath in 1874.

In 1886 Tom Enright became licensee of Tattersall’s and it was about this time that it became Townsville’s first bus terminal and it continued in that role for nearly a century.

Thomas Enright was a major figure in Townsville becoming Mayor of the City and a keen supporter of the Townsville Turf Club.  The racing fraternity of the day put considerable store in Enright’s ‘Tattersall’s Consultations’, the most reliable racing guide available.

When the full force of the depression hit Townsville in 1893, Enright and fellow businessman J.W. Castling lent the Municipal Council 1000 pounds to provide relief for the unemployed.

In 1899 Enright decided to demolish the old wooden structure and replace it with a modern brick building, the central structure of which forms the hotel that still stands today.  It was fitted with silky oak, lit by gas and featured unique iron lace, fretwork and French doors.  It boasted a dining room seating 80 people and a modern kitchen to cater for those numbers.

In 1921 to 1951 the Ramage Family were synonymous with the Tattersall’s Hotel. Prior to this period Sydney Ramage Snr had established the family’s expertise at the Criterion Hotel.  During the period that the Ramage Family had the hotel, it remained a focal point of entertainment and accommodation for Townsville.  Board and lodgings could be obtained there at the very reasonable rate of 8 shillings per day.

The Hotel was renowned for its rum and milk drinkers and characters of the time ‘Mickey The Goose’ and ‘Annie Bags’ were part of the local scene.

Although the era of horses had passed, Licensing Law Provisions stipulated that the stables had to be maintained.

Major Port facilities for the North Queensland Regions centred on an area opposite Tattersall’s with Samuel Allen, Burns Philp and Wilcox Moffilin attracting shipping trade from all parts of the world.

Sydney Ramage Jnr was also a strong sporting member of the community in Townsville, being an active member of the Yacht Club and supporter of the Two Race Clubs, Cluden Park and the former Cleveland Race Club at Garbutt.

Around 1999 the hotel was refurbished and renamed Molly Malones Irish Pub and to this day still remains a focal point of entertainment for Townsville.