Friday, November 11, 2011
The Braidwood Hotel, in Wallace Street. Constructed in 1859 during the gold rush, this is the oldest still-licensed pub in town. Apparently it was one of the grandest hotels in the region, with a ballroom on the first floor and attic accommodation on the second floor, as well as the public rooms and bars.
The hotel has had some brushes with fame (and infamy!) - it was featured in the 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke, and in Flirting ( with Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman) in 1992. Mick Jagger dropped in during the filming of Ned Kelly (1970), and actor Geoffrey Rush and opera star Dame Joan Sutherland both attended the break-up party in the pub's courtyard following the filming of Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (1995).