Save Murphy's Town Pub

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The Murphy's Town pub building will be demolished as part of the latest multi-million dollar development of the Ipswich Mall. According to a council spokespeople the facade will remain. According to them, this is the only part of the building that is heritage listed. Documents from the 1991 heritage register state the heritage significance of the pub encompasses the whole allotment.


The Commonwealth Hotel / Murphy's Town Pub was built in 1910. In 1991 it was added to the Ipswich Heritage Study. The original study document states the building as being significant because 

  • An example of a now uncommon, two storey, verandahed hotel.
  • For its fine detailing
  • For its streetscape value

On a personal note i believe the building is significant for a lot more reasons. It has formed an important part of so many lives, all the way from bar flies, to weary travellers, men and women working the bar, and those who have never had the chance to see it.

The original heritage document also states that the Listing boundary for the heritage listing as the:

"Whole allotment, plus adjoining footpath and including all established trees."


In 2014, Ipswich City Properties acquired the former Commonwealth Hotel in an out of court settlement with the owner of the pub.

From the Queensland Times:

'Owners of Murphy's had sued owners of the Ipswich City Square, now the council-owned ICP, for more than a million dollars for undermining the foundations of the building during the Kern Corporation's construction of the centre in the mid-eighties.'

So the case was settled out of court and the pub has had it's doors closed since.

In a 2016 media article in the QT:

'Asked how Murphy's Town Pub would fit into redevelopment plans, Mayor Paul Pisasale said he did not know.

"I'm not too sure, Murphy's is falling to bits at the moment," Cr Pisasale said.

"It has structural damage."

Asked if the heritage-listed building would be retained he said: "Heritage is always important but Kern didn't leave too much heritage there.'

This pub is the only piece of heritage left in this corner of town. 

The One Mile was demolished amid a bunch of ignorance, finger pointing and blame. The Murphy's Town pub is owned by a council owned company and the Ipswich City Council makes the final call regarding it's demolition. So there is no outlet for blame on this occasion. Please! Ipswich City Council! Take a moment and stop thinking about the bottom line. Realise what is significant and why it is significant in this town. The building needs a few extra dollars spent on it to be fully incorporated into the new development, not mowed down so you can simply repeat the mistakes of your forefathers in the eighties. Be the council that stops this carnage, even for the sake of a few dollars.

If you agree, please sign the petition. Let's show that people care about our history and do not want it destroyed.