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The Purple Pub, Normanton, North Queensland

Adrian Paul

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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Normanton is a small cattle town in the Gulf Country region of northwest Queensland, Australia, just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the Norman River. The town’s population is 1,100, 60 per cent of whom are Indigenous Australians. The town is one terminus of the isolated Normanton – Croydon Railway, which was built during gold rush days in the 1890s. The Gulflander motor train operates once a week.

Normanton is the town that Neville Shute used as the basis for his novel “A Town Like Alice”. He stayed at The Purple Pub for several weeks in 1948 while he collected material for his book.

At the time Shute stayed in Normanton there were many more men than women in the town. This was one of the characteristics of the town that Shute likened to Alice Springs (in the Northern Territory) and hence the the “Town Like Alice” is in fact, Normanton.

The West wing of The Purple Pub (The National Hotel) was previously the Exchange Hotel in Croydon. The hotel was first painted a light mauve in 1968, then in 1975 a few shades darker and in 1979 a full purple.

Camera – Nikon D80; Lens – Tamron 28 – 300 VC

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