Lees Hotel is the original "Pub With No Beer " in Ingham, Queensland. Made famous by Australia's multi-award-winning Country and Western singer Slim Dusty in 1957, with Australians very first worldwide number one hit song, "The Pub With No Beer". Lees is now home to a major permanent art exhibition and artefacts and memorabilia depicting early pioneer life going back to the 1880s.... more
The hit song was based on the poem by local Ingham poet Dan Sheehan who rode into the Pub one morning in 1944 to have a nice cold beer and discovered that a convoy of American serviceman had come through the previous day and drunk the Pub dry! In disgust Dan retired to a corner and wrote the poem, which was later passed across to Slim Dusty's songwriter.
Lees Hotel still serves ice cold beer and hasn't run out since 1944. In recognition of the historic event, in 2005 Lees Hotel became the only Heritage Listed Iconic Hotel in Queensland. Visitors over the last couple of years include the Queensland Governor, the American Ambassador and Channel 7's Sunrise program.... less
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