The Union Hotel Tumbarumba - The History so far...
1860 - The first building lots officially sold in Tumbarumba.
1865 - February, The Union Hotel, licensed to Mr & Mrs John Murphy, is open for business. The Young Struggler, owned by Mr O'Hare, is the only other Inn in Tumbarumba.
1874 - July, Mr and Mrs Murphy, of the Union Hotel, died within a fortnight of each other.
1875 - January, the sale of the estate of the late Mr John Murphy. The 'Union Hotel' sold to Mr Robert Murphy for 360 pounds.
1896 - Mr George Blomley acquired ownership of the Union Hotel.
1902 - September, John Chapman (late proprietor of the Alpine Brewery) was charged with removing beer, in March last, from the brewery other than as provided for under the Beer Excise Act of 1901. There were three charges, and the fines imposed were £5 each and £4. 5s costs in each case. The three publicans who received the insufficiently stamped casks were each fined £5. The hotel keepers were Mrs.Daly (late of Tattersall's), George Blomley (of the Union) and Albert Merback (late of the Tumbarumba).
1903 - Billiard tournaments were held regularly with prizes of £3, £2 and £1. The March winner was Mr James Blake, with Mr Jacob Wolfe second.
1903 - May 2nd, Explosion. Rather a painful accident happened to Mr.George Blomley, of the Union Hotel, owing to the explosion of acetylene gas. At about 9.30 last evening the gas began to go out, there not being a sufficient supply for the night. Mr Blomley, who attends to the gas himself, then went out to replenish it, and it appears that the carbide had got wet during the recent rains and had began to generate. When he entered the room where it was stored he struck a match, and the carbide immediately exploded. Mr Blomley was severely burnt about the face and hands, all his whiskers and eyebrows being completely burnt off. Fortunately his sight was not injured.
1903 - May 22, Mr Blomley is noted as slowly recovering.
1909 - April, The typhoid epidemic at Tumbarumba has moved the Shire Council into action. It has ordered the immediate closing of the wells at the Tumbarumba, Union, Globe and Star Hotels, and has prohibited the use of water from such wells for drinking or domestic purposes.
1913 - September. New building. The bricks have been placed in readiness at the Union Hotel, the contractors Messrs, Frew and Logan commence building operations at the two-storey hotel on 1st October.
1914 - Completion of rebuild of the new building licensed as the Union Hotel marks a fresh era in the history of the progress of Tumbarumba. The hotel is an imposing two-storied brick structure, of about 30 rooms (including kitchen and pantries), and occupies quite the most central position in the main street, and is the first building to attract the attention of any traveler to the town when approaching by the principal thoroughfare, the Wagga road. True, we have also another fine two-storey hotel in the Parade, but it is only partly constructed of brick, whilst the whole of the Union is of brick, with the most up to date and complete fittings and furnishings. Every room has been fitted out with modern equipment and is being lighted with air gas. The Tumbarumba Hotel has a splendid electric light system. So the street can now hold its own with those larger towns, where railway facilities have made them more progressive.
1917 - November. Mr and Mrs Blomley's son, Thomas, member of the famous Camel Corps, was killed in action in the 1914-1918 war, and made the supreme sacrifice in Palestine.
1922 - New Manager. Union Hotel has exchanged hands. Mr J.Scott, late lock-up keeper at Tumbarumba and Albury, has leased the property from Mr George Blomley.
1924 - New Manager. Mr James Scott disposed of lease to Mr.J.Hall.
1926 - New Manager. Mr J.Hall has disposed of his Union Hotel lease to Mr.J.Parks, of Sydney.
1929 - Return of Mr George Blomley. Mr George Blomley has taken over again as proprietor of the Union Hotel.
1930 - March, Septic Tanks Ltd. forwarded an application and plans in connection with a septic sewerage installation at the Union Hotel, Tumbarumba.
1937 - November. Alterations, approval was given to building plans for alterations and additions in brick to the Union Hotel (Mr.G.O.Blomley,licensee), costing £5000
1938 - January, Mr.Rupert C.Masters, building contractor of Tumut, was walking in his sleep at the Union Hotel and stepped over the balcony and fell a distance of 16ft, on to the bumper bar of his car, which he had parked in front of the hotel overnight. Mr. Masters injuries, consisted of a broken thigh and finger a sprained ankle and abrasions.
1938 - January, Mr.R.McRae was painting the woodwork for new windows in the extensions to the Union Hotel. The ladder he was on slipped, and in falling, Mr McRae's arm caught in some projecting iron work resulting in 25 stitches.
1939 - September, Mr George Oswald Blomley dies, aged 74. The sudden death of Mr. George O. Blomley, mine host of the Union Hotel, Tumbarumba, on Saturday night spread quite a pall over the alpine town, for the community was not aware that he was in ill-health, and his body was not discovered until half-an-hour after death. At about 11 o'clock he was seized with pains in the chest and went upstairs to get some powders to give relief. About half-an-hour afterwards his wife missed him and when they went looking for him he was found on the floor, having evidently fallen forward on his face. Previously he had not complained of being unwell. Heart seizure was the cause of death. Deceased was a most amiable and companionable man, a born boniface and was popular with all classes. He was an Oddfellow and a Buffalo, and at the burial brethren of those orders read their separate services after Rev. 'H. J. Velvin, Batlow, had read the C. of E. rites. The local Light Horse formed a guard of honor at the cemetery. A sorrowing wife and one daughter, Doris (now Mrs. Wallace Heinecke), mourn their irreparable loss. Two sons, Thomas (killed at the Great War) and Ivo (dead seven years from war disabilities) predeceased him. The latter's wife has since lived with her father and mother-in-law, assisting in the management of the hotel. One brother, William, aged 84, is also living at Tumbarumba. The deceased spent the boyhood part of his life in Tumut.
1941 - December, Mrs Blomley dies, aged 72. The death of one of the most widely known and best loved residents of Tumbarumba, Mrs.Charlotte Blomley, proprietress of the Union Hotel, widow of the late George Oswald Blomley. The deceased had been confined to her bed for about three weeks prior to her death, and although her passing was not altogether unexpected, the news of her death was received with deep and genuine regret by all sections, of the community. More than 45 years ago Mr. Blomley acquired the ownership of the Union Hotel, Tumbarumba, which, ever since, with the exception of seven years (1922 to 1929), when it was leased), has remained in the control of the family.
1950 - February, An elderly woman fell from the Union Hotel balcony at Tumbarumba on to the bitumen street, and suffered a badly broken elbow and other injuries. She was taken to Wagga Base Hospital by ambulance. She was Mrs.Morrison who was staying at the hotel with her husband.
1956 - August, The Union Hotel at Tumbarumba was passed in at auction in Sydney. The highest bid was £40,000. The reserve price was £75,000.