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May 25, 2016

Railway Hotel, Nathalia, circa 1900 - an impressive edifice.

Railway enthusiast and historian Scott Whitaker

Ever wondered about those railway hotels often seen near train stations?

Railway enthusiast and author Scott Whitaker set himself a retirement task, to visit and have a beer in every hotel in Australia that was once or is still to this day a railway hotel.

Mr Whitaker’s interest stemmed from stories told to him by his grandfather, a locomotive fireman on steam engines during World War II.

After discovering their history, tales and the people associated with them he wrote a book titled Railway Hotels of Australia, Book 1: Victoria.

Mr Whitaker will be speaking at the Merrigum Historical Society on Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm discussing tales and covering modern-day researching techniques.

With railway hotels in Murchison East, Merrigum, Violet Town and Nathalia, the presentation will interest those who wish to know more about the social, economic and political themes that have helped shape Victorian society over the past 150 years.

For further information, phone 58552330.

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