Events at Grace Darling Hotel
Thu 31 Oct 2019, 8.30pm | Grace Darling Hotel, VIC
Neon Tetra are hitting Melbourne in support of their latest single 'Jealous Love' more »Get Tickets
Sat 23 Nov 2019, 3.00pm | Grace Darling Hotel, VIC
In celebration of hard hitting new single SHADE, Jack Biilmann is back on tour and stopping by Melbourne. more »Get Tickets
Grace Darling was a sassy 19th century heroine and celebrity, feted by socialites and adventure-seeking folks worldwide. In 1838, after spotting a shipwreck from her Northumberland Lighthouse home, the 22-year-old maiden rowed out to sea, saving nine sailors and sending the Victorian version of the paparazzi into a flap. On that day an English rival to the legend of Joan of Arc was born, and – with the twin advantages of being better dressed and still alive – began to kick the French lady’s butt in three directions. William Wordsworth wrote a poem, The Queen sent 50 quid, someone immortalised her achievements in song – and, before anyone had heard of Britney Spears, Grace began selling off bits of her hair. After yielding to consumption (and not the Saturday night kind) Grace Darling had a hotel named after her in downtown Collingwood – officially opened by a Tassie Politician in 1854 with luminaries such as Squizzy Taylor knocking the froth off a few at the launch party. So goes the legend of Grace, and her ghostie remains (alongside the Collingwood F.C.’s) in this pretty bluestone brick and stone building.