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Merle’s 50th anniversary and the month of women at the Regatta Hotel

In March this year, the Regatta celebrated the 50th anniversary of Merle Thornton’s famous protest at the Regatta Hotel and International Women’s Day with a Grand Ladies Luncheon on March 27th.   The Grand Ladies Luncheon was opened by Merle herself who spoke about her protest against the oppression of women which included a ban on drinking in public at the Regatta Hotel on March 31st, 1965. Merle received a standing ovation from the eager audience of women, and men, of all ages. Guests were treated to four courses of delicious food – for the mains, prosciutto wrapped chicken breast and pan seared snapper - expertly prepared by the Boatshed ...

140 years of the Regatta marked by a week of celebrations

Regatta Hotel turned 140 years old last week and celebrated with a week of activities, which included historical tours, official naming of “Merle’s Bar”, a Whisk(e)y appreciation night, ANZAC Day two-up and breakfast and a VIP birthday party to cap it all off! Merle Thornton, a lady dear to Regatta Hotel, cut the ribbon to “Merle’s Bar”, in honour of her and Rosalie Bognor’s protest at the Regatta in 1965. Famously recognised as a defining moment in Australia’s feminist movement, Merle and Rosalie chained their ankles to the foot rest of the ‘public bar’ to protest women’s rights. It was a pleasure having Merle return to the ...

Regatta Hotel celebrates 140 years

Regatta Hotel will celebrate its 140th birthday with a week of celebrations from Easter Sunday until Saturday 26 April. The week will include a special unveiling in “Merle’s Bar” from guest of honour Merle Thornton, who led a defiant women’s liberation protest at Regatta Hotel in 1965, a moment that became ingrained in the nation’s history as one of the first feminist insurgency movements. Since first trading as a licensed hotel in 1874, Regatta Hotel has witnessed some of Australia’s most memorable moments in time, and is today proud to call herself Queensland’s reigning “Hotel of the Year”, as judged last year by Queensland ...