Online collection includes historic images of Cobar’s pubs

The Grand Hotel, as it looked in December 1929, is just one of a number of historic photos of local hotels which form part of a new collection made available to the public by the Australian National University. Photo contributed

Pubs are a key part of Australia’s cultural identity, and act as a meeting place within our local communities.

Cobar is no exception and has a deep connection with historical pubs and hotels, but most of this information was hard to find… until now!

A project from the Australian National University (ANU) Archives has brought the history of Cobar and surrounds online for the community to enjoy.

The ANU Archives has a new online exhibition showcasing the history of Tooth and Company, a significant New South Wales brewer, and the many hotels it owned and supplied throughout the state.

They include locals such as the Court House Hotel, Criterion Hotel, Empire Hotel, Grand Hotel, Great Western Hotel and New Occidental Hotel along with the Commercial Hotel at Canbelego, the Royal Hotel at Hermidale and the Federal Hotel at Miandetta.

This exhibit is available online along with a special interactive map, and provides access to valuable historical information, as well as incredible photographs.

The ANU Archives has access to additional images and records on most of the hotels.

The online exhibition links to all the records located in the ANU Open Research repository, which are available for users to view and download.

ANU is committed to making important collections such as these available online, as it provides access to world-class resources to the broader community.

View the exhibit online at