Conquering floods, pestilence and wandering spirits, the historic George IV is designed for future greatness.
On 5 June 2016, torrential rain saw the typically subdued trickle that is Stonequarry Creek rise several metres, breaking its steep banks and swamping the town of Picton. Beside the creek in the valley is the historic George IV Hotel,built in 1835, making it one of Australia’s oldest pubs.
The floodwaters enveloped the old sandstone structure – not for the first time – filling the cellar and destroying all electrics. A battle ensued between the owner and his insurance company, and while the rest of the town dried itself off and got back to life, the George properly closed its doors for the first time in over 180 years.
Read more from this feature story from Clyde Mooney Reviving George IV in Pub Tic – Everything that makes pubs tick