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The Battle of Queanbeyan

By 27 April 2012 20

The Canberra Times has dramatic coverage of a large Anzac Day brawl outside Walsh’s Hotel in Quangers:

A huge brawl erupted onto Queanbeyan’s main street on Anzac Day, forcing local police to call in backup from Bungendore and Captains Flat.

Up to 40 people were involved in the fight, which took place outside Walsh’s Hotel on Monaro Street about 6pm.
The brawl, described by police as a ”major incident”, spilled out across the street and blocked traffic.

Queanbeyan Police inspector Chris Varley said officers arrived at the pub ”en mass” and arrested six people.

You’ll no doubt be surprised to hear alcohol has been blamed.

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20 Responses to The Battle of Queanbeyan
#1
gospeedygo11:47 am, 27 Apr 12

*sniff* doin’ the diggers proud!

#2
johnboy11:52 am, 27 Apr 12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSG6C29Q-qc

The wasted seed of the bulldog breed.

#3
rosscoact1:21 pm, 27 Apr 12

Just another day in Quangers

#4
Stevian2:06 pm, 27 Apr 12

We just have to build a very high wall to keep you Canberrans out so you can feed on yourselves without anoying decent people.

#5
MERC6002:27 pm, 27 Apr 12

Interesting that they called in coppers from so far away, and not call on ours to help out. Aren’t each cities cops made special constables in each others area, or sumthin like that.

#6
Deref3:07 pm, 27 Apr 12

A brawl? Near Walsh’s Pub? Who’d o’ thunk it?

#7
Ian4:33 pm, 27 Apr 12

I’m guessing that there was no attention being paid to RSA at Walsh’s that day.

I’m also betting there are no consequences for the pub over it.

#8
milkman8:56 pm, 27 Apr 12

We call it ‘Little Civic’…

#9
I-filed9:31 pm, 27 Apr 12

Nicer side of Queanbo will be on show Saturday arvy: the Print Museum at 20 Farrer Place in central Queanbeyan is having an open day from 12.30 – 4.00 with old printing workers on hand to explain the machinery.

#10
Spykler10:26 pm, 27 Apr 12

The battle of ’89 at Walsh’s (pre-renovations) was one to remember..chairs thrown through windows,punters falling in front of cars on the main street, and a screaming woman -minus dress clamped onto a patron’s head with her fingers buried up to the knuckle into his eyeballs.. Good to see they have revived some that old Walsh’s spirit !

#11
EvanJames10:46 pm, 27 Apr 12

Deref said :

A brawl? Near Walsh’s Pub? Who’d o’ thunk it?

on any given Sunday, you’ll find a LOT of old bikies in the beer garden.

#12
Roundhead896:59 am, 28 Apr 12

A brawl at Walsh’s Hotel? But the patrons of that establishment are always so high-brow and cultured, never drinking to excess and always on their best behaviour. There must be some mistake, surely?

#13
Jethro12:05 pm, 28 Apr 12

gospeedygo said :

*sniff* doin’ the diggers proud!

Yep. Our WWI diggers were renowned for their sobriety…….. oh wait…

#14
PoQ2:29 pm, 28 Apr 12

Ahh, what a pack of wusses. Back in the Good Old Days they knew how to do it – The Gays v. The Bikies v. the Cops….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_hotel_riot

The Star Hotel riot [...] An estimated 4,000 people fought with police on the streets of Newcastle, New South Wales on the night of 19 September 1979.

#15
PantsMan3:03 pm, 28 Apr 12

Nothing on the Battle of Brisbane: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brisbane

But probably the best Quangers could put on for ANZAC Day.

#16
Deref3:24 pm, 28 Apr 12

Spykler said :

The battle of ’89 at Walsh’s (pre-renovations) was one to remember..chairs thrown through windows,punters falling in front of cars on the main street, and a screaming woman -minus dress clamped onto a patron’s head with her fingers buried up to the knuckle into his eyeballs.. Good to see they have revived some that old Walsh’s spirit !

Ah, those were the days!

#17
c_c5:52 pm, 28 Apr 12

Valhalla.

#18
SnapperJack7:40 pm, 28 Apr 12

Deref said :

Spykler said :

The battle of ’89 at Walsh’s (pre-renovations) was one to remember..chairs thrown through windows,punters falling in front of cars on the main street, and a screaming woman -minus dress clamped onto a patron’s head with her fingers buried up to the knuckle into his eyeballs.. Good to see they have revived some that old Walsh’s spirit !

Ah, those were the days!

Yep, the 1980s was certainly a fun decade. I was a drinker at Walsh’s on Sunday afternoons and we had some great times. In addition to the brawl which happened in the wake of the Raiders’ premiership win, there was also an abduction and shooting incident the previous year linked to Walsh’s and players from one of the local rugby league teams (Diggers? Abattoirs?). Quangers was certainly a rough town back then before gentrification. It was great.

#19
Spykler8:30 pm, 28 Apr 12

Rough in the 80′s -yes..But still had some of the best times there..Especially State of Origin nights, the atmosphere was brilliant, even though a NSW loss usually triggered the biffo…

#20
sharnee4512:44 pm, 30 Apr 12

Something about this seems iffy, I was at Walshes and whilst I saw one guy removed by the police, I didn’t see any fight. If it happened earlier this would make sense as we were out the back, however we left (through the front door) at 6?? Also, this wasn’t reported in the Queanbeyan Age, which I would suggest would be pretty big news if Monaro st had been closed off?

Very strange!

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