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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 ...