An enduring bush legend and a prime location have kept this watering hole firmly on the map.

Story By Amanda Burdon

Owners of the Bredbo Inn Hotel, Ron and Ros Stapleton, have been reluctant to trade on the legend that’s often repeated across their public bar. “There is not enough evidence to say it’s 100 percent true,” Ron says cautiously. But tongues will wag and historians will probe.
The inspiration behind Banjo Paterson’s ‘Man from Snowy River’, is closely contested in these parts. Down Corryong way, they claim it was Jack Riley on whom the daring horseman was based, but Bredbo folk maintain that it was none other than Charles Lachlan McKeahnie, an Adaminaby lad who died at the Bredbo Inn Hotel in August 1895.

This story excerpt is from Issue #100

Outback Magazine: Apr/May 2015