The 100th birthday celebrations of the Augusta Hotel this coming weekend are expected to bring back to life some of the old tales associated with the town. Founded by the Ellis family, the hotel has always been a major landmark in the area.
The news article “100 years for Augusta Hotel” has full details on this story. It says the following about the hotel: “Over the century almost everybody who grew up in Augusta has, at some stage, had something to do with the hotel – it was where football, cricket and lawn bowls wins were relived, birthdays and anniversaries celebrated, babies’ heads wet. It was also a source of relatively scarce local jobs. Many of the characters, from both sides of the bar, will be back for the celebrations to reminisce and regale.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/272524/100-years-for-augusta-hotel/?cs=1429
Though the Augusta Hotel’s building and range of amenities available have changed considerably in 100 years, the thick limestone walls of the original building still exist. The foundation stone that was laid by Toby (Henry) Ellis and his sisters in the wall next to the original front door back in August 1912 still exists under the veranda situated between the hotel’s main entrance and bottleshop.
A weekend of activities has been planned for the Augusta Hotel’s birthday celebrations, beginning with a long luncheon on Friday 1.00-4.00pm, with an official welcome, memories and music, the inauguration of the time capsule, brief historical presentations and of course, cutting of the birthday cake. Friday night will start at the pub with happy hour 5.00-6.00pm, with prizes, giveaways and chook raffles throughout the evening, music from 8.00pm and football on the giant screen.
Saturday will be a community day at the hotel noon-5pm with face painting, bouncy castle, sausage sizzle and kids’ fun on the lawn. Also, there will be TAB promotions, Happy 100 Minutes of drink specials, giveaways and prizes, football on the giant screen, chook raffles and happy hour 4.00-5.00pm. A twilight dinner Saturday 6-11pm will feature a 4-course meal with matching wines, brief historical presentations about the Ellis, Percy, Robinson and Stanes families who have been the owners of the hotel.
The hotel will have a brunch on Sunday 9.00-11.00am, made to order from the day’s specials. Some of the well known faces will be back behind the bar over the weekend and if you are an old timer, you may be able to identify others reprising their former roles. Tickets to all the events can be purchased from the hotel’s reception.
The birthday celebrations of the Augusta Hotel are sure to offer a remarkable experience that you can’t afford to miss.