Location 223
Location #223 - Sly Grog Shanty.
Map 8

Bannockburn-Nevis Road


Lower Smiths Gully


Location #223 - Sly Grog Shanty. Lower Smith's Gully, Bannockburn-Nevis Road (exact location unknown)

Still Standing


Construction Details

Unknown - possibly timber framed with calico cladding.

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Interested Parties

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Group Date Description
1 c1866 Mrs Mary Smith (also known as 'Port Wine Mary') Details


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Note Date Short Description Note Text
2500 c1866 General note. For background on Mary Smith and her family, see the Miners Arms Hotel (location #212)
2501 c1866 As the story goes ... John Halliday (1) had a store and hotel in Shepherds Creek (location #222). It was at a bend in the Bannockburn-Nevis Road between Poverty Terrace and Smith's Gully - at the junction with Shepherds Creek. His neighbours included a number of small 'sly grog shanties'. One of these was kept by a woman who, according to tradition, was "Port Wine Mary" Mrs Smith, who advertised by throwing empty bottles on the road. She would use the same bottles over and over again just to upset her neighbour Halliday by making him believe that she was doing more business than he was.


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