About Macquarie View Brass & Iron Beds
Macquarie View Brass & Iron Beds specialises in restoring and repairing brass & iron beds . Originally established by Geoff Hawke1980, his son Danny became a partner in the business at age 16 and continues to operate it today. Danny purchased the business from his father when he retired in 1990. Danny has become known as "the Brass Bed Man" and is the sole proprietor of the business. Bed restoration has truly become a passion and labour of love for Danny, as he completes all work from start to finish - Danny has restored thousands of beds over the years.
Danny will literally never run out of work, not only do customers bring beds to him to restore - he has an enormous collection of hundreds of brass and iron beds waiting to be chosen by their new owner and be restored.
Macquarie View Brass and Iron Beds offers a range of services that are second to none, from restorations, to hand crafting and repairs. See the full range of services available here.
Also on offer are a number of fully restored pieces ready to go to their new homes, as well as various accessories - check out the items currently on sale here.
History of "The Straggler's Inn"
A longtime Wellington landmark, the historic 'Straggler's Inn' was built in preparation for the construction of the first wooden bridge across the Macquarie River in 1866. The Inn previously had stables used by the Cobb & Co Coaches as they passed through the Wellington Valley.
The building has undergone a number of name changes and face-lifts over the years, but from the outside remains largely unchanged from its original condition. Less than one year after opening the Straggler's Inn became the Commercial Hotel, and the name changed again in 1905 to the Commonwealth Hotel.
After the 1920's the Inn was converted into a boarding house for the next 40 years - until the Inn was reduced to a block of four flats, the biggest bringing in $13 rent per week.
It wasn't until 1981 that Danny's father Geoff Hawke bought the old Inn to house his Macquarie View Antique business, it has been Danny's family home ever since.