Photograph, Brennan Hotel Gore; Unknown maker; 1870-1879; GO.A9.4f


Photograph, Brennan Hotel Gore

About this object

This is a photograph of the Brennan Hotel, Gore. The hotel was built in 1872 by Edward and Jane Brennan. Built close to where the Gore C.B.D is now located, the hotel was a single storey wooden structure which boasted 14 rooms. It was the fifth building in Gore, which was still known as Long Ford.

The establishment of the hotel coincided with the arrival of the railway and the Brennan's provided hospitality for the many railway workers who came with the development of the line. They also supplied accommodation and stabling for the increasing number of travelers.

Jane and Ned Brennan:

A local once described Ned Brennan as 'A man of goodly person and of a somewhat round belly. 50 years of age and upwards; moderate in his reckonings, prompt in his payments, having a cellar of sound liquor, and ready wit.' Ned was known as a great storyteller and a generous sort, it being said, that 'had he possessed a harder heart he would also have possessed a heavier pocket.'

The family were hard workers, none more so than Jane Brennan. With one maid and an eight year old daughter, Jane managed the entire hotel's domestic work, while also raising two smaller children. She baked enormous quantities of bread, the menu consisting of eel, wild pork, weka, quail and duck eggs. Ned's good hunting capabilities supplied the meat and a large garden, orchard, house cows, goats and poultry provided the remaining food. Additionally, the family kept cattle and grew 50 acres of oats on leased land between the river and what is now Main Street.

The man and woman stood at the front porch of the hotel, in the centre of the photograph, are possibly Jane and Ned Brennan. Two people, so important to early Gore and the development of the railway, that they were invited to help lay the foundation stone for Gore's new rail bridge in 1873.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Gore


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organic, processed materials, paper, photographic paper

Inscription and Marks

Back, pen: 'Edward Brennan's Gore Hotel opened 1872'
'Box A 9 4 f'


h 200 mm x w 125 mm

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Business and Work

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Buildings and Structures

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People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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