Hope and Anchor Tavern

The Hope and Anchor Tavern[1] (formerly Hope and Anchor Hotel, the Alexander, the Whale Fishery and the Hope)[2] is an Australian pub in Hobart, Tasmania. Built in 1807, it is claimed to be the oldest Australian pub,[3] having continually operated until 2008.[4] However, The Bush Inn in New Norfolk claims to be the oldest operating Australian pub, because their venue has operated continuously since it opened in 1815 whereas the Hope and Anchor Tavern has had periods of closure (whilst still holding their licence) since opening in 1807.[5] The Hope and Anchor Tavern is referred to in 'Captain A E Sykes: memoirs'[6]

Hope and Anchor Tavern
Former namesHope and Anchor Hotel
General information
LocationHobart, Tasmania, Australia
Current tenantsDaniel Cullen
OwnerCurrent licensee: Daniel Cullen

It was reopened in 2014 after the building and its extensive antique collection[7] were purchased by Chinese developer Kim Xing for A$1.5 million. The property was then leased to Robert Wilson[8] whose goal is to preserve a piece of Tasmanian history. The building has been listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register since 1998.[9] The Hope and Anchor Tavern was owned for many years by Gunter Jaeger, who also owns Boomer Island. The current licence 2015 is Daniel Cullen whose food expertise has helped make the hope and anchor tavern a hospitality success story since the reopening.[10]


  1. "Welcome to Hope & Anchor". hopeandanchor.com.au. Hope and Anchor Tavern. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. "HOPE AND ANCHOR HOTEL". utas.edu.au. University of Tasmania. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. http://www.mercurynie.com.au/resources/tasmania%20200/february.htm
  4. "New hope for the old anchor". The Mercury. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  5. "Hobart's Hope and Anchor and New Norfolk's Bush Inn in shouting match over 'oldest pub' title". News.com.au. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  6. http://seamemoirs.blogspot.com.au/
  7. "Battle to be Australia's oldest pub: Owner of Hobart's Hope and Anchor ignites brew-haha with claim it's eight years older than current record holder". Daily Mail UK. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  8. "Bright future for Australia's oldest pub, the Hope and Anchor". The Mercury. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  9. "Old waterfront watering hole, Hope and Anchor, set to reopen". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  10. http://m.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/still-the-hope-of-hobart-after-208-years/story-fnj64o9j-1227448245114

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