News

Pub reno makes ghosts happy

Andrew Korner

HARRISVILLE publican Christie Kallis thinks the dearly departed will be happy with the renovation work currently taking place at the Royal Hotel ? at least he hopes they will be. The hotel's part owner said he had heard a few eerie stories about unexplained footsteps, voices and games of pool inside the 130-year-old Queenslander-style building when he first moved in 16 months ago. "At first I thought it was a load of garbage ? I was a sceptic," Mr Kallis said. "Nothing happened for about eight months. Then things started to move, shake, doors would open, footsteps up and down the hallway ? I would be lying in my bed and I would hear people playing pool." Mr Kallis is now convinced his pub is haunted ? by whom exactly he is unsure. Perhaps it was one of the previous owners of the Royal Hotel, or the Royal James Hotel as it was originally known. He said, however, that since he began major renovations of the building, the level of extraordinary activity had dropped. Could the ghosts have been scared away by the constant sound of saws, power drills, grinders and skip trucks? Or are they happy with the changes Mr Kallis is making? The Royal Hotel has already transformed significantly since work began. Walls have been knocked down and the glorious front veranda now extends all the way around. Builders have replaced the building's old pediment, complete with ridge horn, honouring the original design as thoroughly as possible. "Everything we do will be sympathetic towards the period of this building," Mr Kallis said. The pub's foundations have been strengthened by the replacement of 75 stumps. Inside, the main bar's floor has been completely replaced and a brand new counter installed. "The floor under the old counter was rotten, there was hardly anything holding it up," Mr Kallis said. Even if the spirits aren't happy with the renovations, the locals certainly will be. The Royal Hotel will be a major stopping point for those who take part in Harrisville's Heritage Day celebrations on May 19 and 20. "You would think a country town of this size would be quiet, but something is always happening ? not just in the pub," Mr Kallis said. "Tradition is very important here."



Producers are preparing for the worst

Damaging rainfall expected over flooded crops

BoM WARNING: Flooding could be major in Ipswich

Gladstone has been pelted hard with rain as tropical cyclone Debbie nears the north coast.

'It won’t be your typical flash flooding'

FLOOD HOTSPOTS: Where to avoid in heavy rain

Flooding Goodna

Map shows areas that regularly flood

Local Partners

Bea's parting gift: The Freak's in the frame

Foxtel’s gripping prison drama Wentworth returns for a volatile fifth season.

What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie The Lego Batman Movie.

LEGO Batman and Scarlett Johansson take on Beauty and the Beast.

MOVIE REVIEW: Crazy Boss Baby story is a little far-fetched

A scene from the movie The Boss Baby.

After nailing Trump, Alec Baldwin’s career takes a strange detour.

MKR’s Amy blasts Josh’s ‘sl*t’ slur

Amy Murr, pictured with brother Tyson, said rival contestant Josh Meeuwissen crossed the line when he called her a ‘sl*t’.

AMY responds after being called a ‘sl*t’ by MKR’s villain Josh.

MKR recap: The ‘slut’ comment that shocked everyone

Yep, MKR’s Josh has done it again.

JOSH has always been annoying, but this time he went way too far.

MOVIE REVIEW: LEGO Batman best caped crusader yet

A scene from the movie The Lego Batman Movie.

Nana! Nana! Nana! Nana! Nana! Batman!

Future Islands gear up for Splendour gig

Future Islands is an American synthpop band composed of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals).

Their new album is "music from the heart than from the mind".

Historic Ipswich hotel closes its doors for good

GONE: Pokies being from the hotel removed this afternoon.

RUMOURS of the Caledonian Hotel on Bell St closing are true

Calling all renovators at heart

Solid home on 617sq m between beach and CBD development

This is what Sunshine Coast living is all about

Life's a breeze at stylish Alexandra Headland apartment

Timing pays dividends in Kawana health hub precinct

DCIM\114MEDIA

Construction starts at Sunshine Coast mixed-use project in Birtinya

Coffee king snaps up gym

Mooloolaba Healthworks site sells for $2.1million

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!