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Chance to own a piece of Burke and Wills history

TOOWOOMBA'S vintage lovers and antique collectors are in for a treat.

Here comes a one-off chance to own a piece of history from one of the city's most famous hotels.

Demolition crews will soon start working on the Burke and Wills Hotel as part of its $10 million redevelopment.

Everything from its 90 suites and rooms needs to go before it becomes a construction site.

The Burke and Wills has announced a one-of-a-kind sale on Sunday, June 18.

Hundreds of prestigious items will go up for sale at competitive prices, including bedside tables, desks, lamps, chairs, bathroom accessories, artwork, linen and more.

Burke and Wills Hotel venue manager Jodie Spence said it was time for the hotel's next chapter to begin.

Burke and Wills venue manager Jodie Spence. The hotel which has closed to begin major renovations, will be having a sale Sunday June 18 of all furniture which includes, lamps, beds, paintings, blankets.
Burke and Wills venue manager Jodie Spence. The hotel which has closed to begin major renovations, will be having a sale Sunday June 18 of all furniture which includes, lamps, beds, paintings, blankets. Bev Lacey

"It's going to be wonderful for Toowoomba to have such a prestige venue and the heritage behind Burke and Wills is just amazing," she said.

"For me, what I love about Burke and Wills is its history. There's not a person in town that I speak to that doesn't know Burke and Wills or has had an event here whether it's a birthday or wedding, worked here, came in for a meal or had a conference here.

"Everyone always has a story to tell about the Burke and Wills."

The hotel called last drinks yesterday. It is now closed for renovations for the next nine to 12 months.

Burke and WIlls artist impression.
Burke and WIlls artist impression.

Plans for the 60-year-old Burke and Wills Hotel include an expanded gaming room, a new lick of paint, new glazed windows and a prominent new logo.

A complete internal and external redevelopment of the venue will include a total of 85 rooms including 15 five-star suites, 70 four-and-a-half-star hotel rooms, five function rooms, two restaurants and a bar.

The Burke and Wills Hotel one-day sale will be held on Sunday from 8am-noon at the site on Ruthven St.

Attendees are asked to bring cash.

For event details, click here.

Topics:  antique collection burke and wills hotel renovation sale toowoomba whatson


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