Plate, Byrnes Hotels, c1940

The Byrnes family built the Hotel Macquarie in 1938 to enhance the popularity of Port Macquarie as a tourist centre. The 40 bedroom hotel was considered luxurious and progressive, offering accommodation for motor vehicles and motorists, and a spacious dining room. Hotels were expected to offer guests three meals a day, as there were no fast food outlets and few cafes and restaurants at the time.