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Railway Hotels of Australia

Wednesday, 23 May 2018.

Author talk with Scott Whitaker

Scott Whitaker grew up in Melbourne in the 1960s and 70s before being transferred to Queensland with his employer Airservices (then known as Department of Aviation).

After working in air traffic control for over 30 years, he retired and entered the world of authorship, travelling around Australia and exploring stories of the railway hotels.

Scott’s interest in the railways was kindled by the stories told by his grandfather, who was a locomotive fireman on steam engines during the Second World War.

Scott’s initial plan of tracing the history of (and having a drink at) 20 or 30 railway hotels got a bit out of hand, with his book Railway hotels of Australia Volume 1 – Victoria detailing the history of a staggering 680 hotels!

Many railway hotels opened years before the railways themselves, some had the railway lines built kilometres away and others have fascinating stories of murders, phantom trains and even the odd brothel!

Join us at the Library and hear Scott talk about the coming of the railways, researching tips and self-publishing and stories of the hotels.

Book signing will be available after the talk, with books on sale for $65.

Light refreshments provided.

When: Wednesday, 23 May at 2.30pm
Time: 2.30pm
Where: Swan Hill Regional Library
Cost: FREE!
Bookings: For more information or to book, contact the Swan Hill Regional Library on 5036 2480