Lowth's Hotel Archive
Thomas “Tom” Lowth was involved with two hotels in Townsville. The first was the Australian Hotel which opened on Wednesday, 3 October 1888, with Lowth as the first licensee. He remained in the hotel for only a few months, after which it passed through the hands of many licensees. Portions of the original hotel were destroyed by fire in 1902, requiring substantial rebuilding. The Australian-born Hollywood star, Errol Flynn stayed in the upstairs rooms and it was reported that he paid for his accommodation by selling signed autographs. Lowth's Hotel was erected for Tom Lowth in 1897 on the corner of Flinders and Stanley Streets, Townsville. The bridge connecting Stanley Street to Railway Estate was named in his honour.
Archive Location: 137R
LHR/1 1935-1954 correspondence, indentures, inventories and wills pertaining to Lowths Hotel, including agreement between Lowth, Samuel Allen & Burns Philp