Ghostly tale haunts Brisbane's historic Breakfast Creek Hotel
|THE Breakfast Creek Hotel is an icon in Brisbane and famous throughout Queensland.
The grand hotel is a landmark at Breakfast Creek and features five unique bars, a historical tropical beer garden and a Spanish garden steakhouse.
It attracts locals as well as interstate and overseas visitors, plus a string of celebrities. Past guests have included Mikhail Gorbachov, Russell Crowe, Greg Norman and Powderfinger band members.
During Queensland's 150th birthday celebrations, the hotel was recognised as a Q150 icon.
The Breakfast Creek Hotel was built in French Renaissance style in 1890 by William MacNaughton Galloway, a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
The hotel opened for business a year later, in 1891.
Galloway didn't get to see much of his stylish hotel – in 1895 he fell from a second storey window while drunk and died. Folklore has it that Galloway's ghost frequents the hotel, and some staff have claimed to have seen it.
The hotel has a fascinating history. In the 1920s Castlemaine Perkins became the registered owner of the hotel and leased it to the Cavill family, which went on to hold the licence until 1998.
From the 1920s to the 1940s, two