HISTORY: Which Rocky pub did ex PM Gough Whitlam once visit?
THE Globe Hotel has been an iconic part of Rockhampton's history. It was built around 1866 and is believed to be one of the very first pubs.
One of the very earliest times it appeared in The Morning Bulletin was in 1887 with the announcement of a son on September 10 for Mr John Pershouse and his wife.
More archives detailed an incident in 1887, when a young man named George Francis was placed in the dock after he used obscene language in a public place (Globe Hotel), assaulted the landlord, Mr Pershouse, and wounded him with intent of grievous bodily harm.
Licensee names over the years included William McGrath (1897), J Murray, C Sonson (1911), G Schuh, J Fitzgerald (1913), Mary Forbes (1920) and George Azar (1939).
In 1934, the Globe Hotel had an assessment value of £350 to £50 with a license value of £55 to £25. Around the 60s/70s, Ben Cartwright, who was the owner at the time, changed the hotel's name to The Ponderosa and it was known for its strippers.
Ken and Robbie Biesell took over the hotel in the 1990s and renamed it back to The Globe.
In 1991, the hotel sold for $220,00 and then sold again in 1993 for $250,000. In 2006, it sold for $328,000.
The 1185sqm site on three titles has eight rooms, a three- bedroom manager's residence and a public and lounge bar.
There is also a commercial kitchen and outside beer garden.
Over the years there has been some iconic faces sit at the bar. Gough Whitlam visited the hotel just before he became prime minister in 1972.
Musician identities Matt Taylor, Phil Manning, Phil Emmanuel and Kevin Borich have all played there.
Rugby league greats Artie Beetson, Changa Langlands and Laurie Nichols have all been spotted there and boxing legends Rocky Gattellari and Kostya Tszyu have made appearances as well.
The Health Department fumigated the entire hotel along with another 80 homes around Depot Hill.