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The Old Pubs of North Adelaide

Royal Oak Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, c1873

Photo taken 31 December 1872

State Library Catalogue Reference: B 21364

According to Bob Hoad in his book 'Hotels and Publicans in South Australia 1836-1993' the Royal Oak was first established on the east side of O'Connell Street in 1855. The license moved to the present site in 1866. A balcony was added in 1881. Arthur Stoneham was the licensee from 1873 to 1879.

'A quoit match stated to be for £50 a side, between James Kenworthy, a Lancashire man, and Arthur Stoneham, a colonial, took place at the Royal Oak Hotel, North Adelaide, on Saturday afternoon. The game, which excited a good deal of interest, ended in favor of Kenworthy, who scored 12 points against his opponent's six.'
South Australian Advertiser, Monday 15 April 1878, p4

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