|North Queensland Photographic Collection ID 5205|
In 1891 Julia married Denis Lucey, manager of Irvinebank’s Vulcan tin mine before moving to Mount Garnet where, in 1898, the couple built the Mount Garnet Hotel, later named Lucey’s Hotel. They had two children, Lenard and Mary, and business was apparently thriving when Denis died in 1910 aged 47.
Undaunted, Julia Lucey continued to run the hotel very successfully despite keen competition. She was respected for refusing to profiteer from the wartime conditions,
|North Queensland Photographic Collection ID 5217|
A booklet of newspaper cuttings, held in the North Queensland collection, provides evidence that younger generations of the family remained active in local affairs. There are still Luceys in the area and while the family name has gone from the hotel, it is perpetuated in Lucey Street and the Lucey Memorial Park.
The photos featured here are from the Alekua Album within the North Queensland Photographic Collection. For further access to that collection contact the Special Collections Librarian.
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