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The Accidental Australians

The Story of Harry & Jimmy Corones


The story of Harry and Jimmy Corones and the extraordinary hotel empire they built in Western Queensland in the 1920s has been captured in print.

This rich account of two penniless Greek migrants who accidentally found themselves in this wide brown land and the incredible journey that led them to business success is an important addition to the Australian social history landscape.

Drawn from interviews with more than 60 sources, including Corones family members, hotel staff and patrons, The Accidental Australians is a joyous, often poignant and insightful read.

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Frances Harding has been many things in her life; nurse, business owner, mother of eight, publican, and now author.

When she and her husband Gordon bought a

run-down hotel in Western Queensland in the late 1980s, she had no idea of the extraordinary story that was hidden beneath the peeling wallpaper and ugly carpet.

As she and Gordon slowly returned Hotel Corones to its former glory, Fran felt herself connecting deeply with the rich history of its colourful past.

The Accidental Australians has taken nearly two decades to write. It is Fran's love letter to Harry (Poppa) Corones and his jewel - 'The Raffles of The West'.

In The Press

Book Launch

On Friday 7 September 2018 The Accidental Australians was launched

at the iconic Hotel Corones in Charleville.

It was a magical day.

Thank-you to everyone who came along to celebrate this amazing story.

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