One of Port Hedland’s favourite pubs was the Hedland Hotel (the Heddy or the Top Pub) now known as the Ibis Styles Hotel overlooking the ocean on Sutherland Street.
We are chasing information about the Heddy:
- The year it was built?
- Who built the pub?
- Pub attractions?
- Any fond memories?
So far facebook page Port Hedland’s Remember When has delivered:
The pub was built around circa 1968
It was a location for a wedding reception in 1981
Purple Haze Band is now called The Haze and Rob Christian has dedicated a website page to its history. The drummer, Nige, Nigel Ridgway, has written a book called A Different Drummer. He mentions towns Purple Haze played in earlier days, and he would have mentioned Hedland in passing.
Formerly managed by the Pickering family
A place for union meetings including a visit by Bill Shorten in October 2002
Sponsor of the Rovers Football Club and Hawkes Rugby League
Dress-up nights in the 1970s
If you have any photos to share, please let us know.
Julie Matheson, editor