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An Iconic Aussie Hotel

In the Goldrush Era in the 1860’s, John and Mary Garrett travelled from Beechworth to the new find in the Upper Goulburn Valley. They established themselves at a place then known as Macs creek. In 1862 they opened on the banks of the Goulburn River a beerhouse, simply known as Garretts Beerhouse.

The horse trail passed right by the front of the beer house servicing the hoards of thirsty miners in the district. As time went by, the beerhouse became known as the Kevington Hotel, as trade had been very good allowing John and Mary to establish the Hotel into a permanent stopover with accommodation available.

Kevington Hotel Historic image of the 'Kevington Hilton'

Lucky Eleven

A Family Affair

John and Mary had 11 children and the Hotel remained in the same family ownership until 1957, almost a century in the same family. Over this time the hotel was known as Garretts Beerhouse, The Poplar Hotel and the Kevington Hotel.


The Hotel was purchased by Clarence and Elsie Poole in 1957 who had come into the area in 1932 and operated the Ten Mile Hotel until its demise in the 1939 fires. Clarrie and Elsie also had 11 children in their charge, so the hotel was a real family affair. The hotel was in their ownership until Elsie’s passing and was sold out of the Poole Family in 1986.

'Garrets Beerhouse' |  'The Poplar Hotel'  |  'Kevington Hotel'

Historic image of the Kevington Hotel

In 2007 after 21 years and three different owners and numerous lessees , the hotel was purchased by Lyn-Maree and Wayne Poole, Wayne being the grandson of Clarrie and Elsie. Since then, they have lovingly restored the hotel and upgraded the kitchen and dining room area so customers can sit and relax and picture what life would have been like 150 years earlier.

Historic image of the Kevington Hotel

A New Era

Destination Events

As the Kevington Hotel turns 160, new owners the Cashmore family, have opened the doors reinstating the 'Kevi' as an iconic pub, and establishing the venue as an event destination for exclusive hire.

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