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AT the recent licensing court, Mr. Dowling, of the Australian Hotel, Little Bourke-street east, opposed the application for a renewal of the license for the Colonial Family Hotel. On Saturday evening he was waited upon by three young men, who brought him a parcel. On opening it he found a miniature coffin painted black, with an inscription on the lid as follows—”Sacred to the memory of V. Dowling,” and a small piece of paper attached informed him that it was but a sign and token of what he would soon require.

The Colonial Family Hotel became known as the death house and is one of the stops on our Chinatown Murder Tour

Australian Hotel, Boonah, Queensland
No one knows the origins of the Australian Hotel’s ghost … but she’s friendly.
This quaint hotel prides itself on good old-fashioned hospitality and rumour has it the pub is haunted by the ghost of a 23-year-old woman, but don’t worry, she’s “friendly”. The staff and locals are only too happy to share their stories of meeting her.