GREENHILLS

 

Greenhills

GPS 31 55 16 S 116 57 46 E

 

 

 

 

York

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Quairading

 

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Greenhills is 22 kilometres east of York and feels like a place lost in time.

When the main road from York to Quairading no longer passed through the town and was moved to a bypass, it could have spelled the end for the town but somehow it has managed to hang on.

The rather grand hotel speaks of a time when the town was much busier and more prosperous. In fact, the population of the town reached 2,000 at its peak. Originally called the Railway Hotel, as it was opposite the train station, the Greenhills Tavern was built in 1906.

The double storey hotel was built in Federation style by one of the first female publicans in Western Australia, Mary Ann McMullen. Mary died in 1923 and the building was bequeathed to her father, Alfred Dinsdale who was the Mayor of York.

At one time there were two other pubs in Greenhills. The Club Hotel was on the corner of the Club Hotel Road and when it was demolished, it was transported to Perenjori and reassembled.

Between 1906 and 1946 there were no fewer than fourteen licensees and in 1954 when Clyde Easthaugh took over, he changed the name to the Sedgemore Hotel.

In 1989 the liquor licence was sold and the building became a private residence. It remained that way until 1996 when it was sold to John Perry and John Matthews. They renovated the building and re-established it as a pub. It was named the Greenhills Tavern which later changed to the Greenhills Inn.

A function room was added and the inn was decorated with many antiques and collectables.

The inn was sold in 2000 and there were then a series of different owners. By 2014 the building had became rather run-down and was opening only on weekends. The inn again changed hands and was renovated and began trading regularly once more.

The inn serves meals at dinner every night and for lunch from Wednesday - Sunday. It is a wonderful old country pub with an atmosphere of bygone days. We highly recommend a visit and if you have a motorhome or caravan, stay the night for free and have a delicious meal and an ale or two.

There are still a few interesting buildings scattered around including an old bakery that dates from 1896. It was restored in 2001 by the current owner and opened by a descendant of the original owner, Herbert E. Taylor.

The town hall was constructed in 1910 and self contained motorhomes and caravans are welcome to spend a night in the area between the hall and the hotel (as long as they buy a beer or a meal at the pub.)

The hall is interesting as it was built as a sort of bribe. May Ann McMullen traveled to Albany to meet with the Roads Board about the positioning of the main road and offered to build a hall if the road was placed so that it passed next to the hotel.

The road was the main thoroughfare until the 1960s when it was realigned and Greenhills now sits about three kilometres off the 'main drag' and is a quiet testament to days gone by.

There are a few houses, one of which used to be the town's post office and dates from 1899.

 

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Greenhills Inn.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Hall, Old bakery, Hotel.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Central Wheatbelt

Federal : Pearce

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6302

Local Government : Shire of York

 

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