FLINDERS STREET, TOWNSVILLE, QLD,
Excelsior Hotel in Flinders Street, Townsville
The Excelsior is now gone. It was located where the red brick building is to the left of the 40kph sign.
"Chuck" Hathorn was a photographer attached to the 4th Air Depot Group at Mount Louisa, near Garbutt Airfield in Townsville during World War 2.
Chuck stayed for a while in a 3 storey hotel in Flinders Street which had iron railings on the balcony. The room that Chuck was in had double French-type doors that opened on to the balcony. The entrance to the hotel was around the back through a walkway. The bar was in the front. Chuck told me that it "was open only for an hour to serve that wonderful Aussie beer by the pitcher." There was a shop across the street that blended scotch and just a short distance down the street was an official looking building-on the same side of the street. Chuck believes that the Hotel may have been on the same side of the street as Athols Inn. (Was it the Excelsior Hotel perhaps? - Can anyone confirm based on Chuck's description?)
Can anyone help me with more information?
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