Hall of Fame
The Australian Hotels Association NSW Hall of Fame is made up of industry legends that are passionate and work tirelessly to ensure the success of the hotel industry. We applaud them for the rich and colourful history they have created for our industry.
AHA NSW Hall of Fame Inductees
He has hosted the Queen, Prime Ministers, Premiers, farm hands and labourers and his son describes him as an inspiration. Successful hoteliers look up to him and all that know him call him a gentleman. Cyril Maloney is a third generation hoteliers and captures the meaning of the word ‘hospitality’ with a care nature, coupled with a great sense of humour.
Mr Maloney entered the world of hotels as a young man working at the Railway hotel in Orange and has progressed to become a leading figure in the industry and owner of the Hotel Bondi. He has always been a great supporter of the Association and promotes the industry in a positive and proactive manner.
Des Ryan from the Narwee Hotel was recognized for his tireless efforts and dedication to the NSW hotel industry and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Mr Ryan was first introduced to the industry in 1945 working for his father at Walter Hayes Wines and Spirits Merchants. In 1947 he began managing the Central Hotel at Orange for his father where he held the hotel licence until 1950. He then moved to North Queensland where he bought his first hotel and held licences at Gordonvale and Cairns until 1955.
Des Ryan has always been an active member of the Association and has also been awarded Life Membership.
In 1964, George and Anne Thomas took over a 12-month lease at the Kurrajong Hotel, Erskineville. This was his first business venture in a local hotel and since then, the hotel industry was in his blood.
George and Anne Thomas then moved on to the Robin Hood Hotel in Blacktown, where they lived and worked on site, before taking over the lease at The Northern in North Parramatta, which later became known as the Toll Gate Hotel, which is still part of the George Thomas Hotel Group.
During his time as a day-to-day publican, George Thomas has supported many local charities, schools and sporting groups in the communities surrounding his hotels. In addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, he has also been recognised by the AHA NSW with Life Membership.
A passionate hotelier, Arthur Laundy literally grew up in the industry after his father purchased the family’s first hotel, the Sackville at Rozelle, in 1945 when Arthur was around five years old.
Arthur bought his first hotel licence in 1962 and at the time he was the youngest licensee in the state. Today, the Laundy family is one of the largest independent hotel groups in New South Wales.
“I literally grew up in hotels,” Mr Laundy said. “I remember as a kid, the country was still feeling the effects of rationing from the war and times were tough. I helped my parents set up the hotel for trade each morning before school and that’s where my love of the industry began.”
Arthur Laundy fronts the Twin Willows Hotel in Bass Hill (Sydney), which has been the headquarters of the Laundy Hotel Group since the family built it in the early 1960’s. Sons Craig and Stuart Laundy, daughter Justine Tindall and son-in-law Nick Tindal are actively involved in the family’s hotel business and daughter Danielle has worked in the liquor industry for many years.
In 2004, Arthur Laundy was awarded the order of Australia for his philanthropic services and charitable work in the local community and has always been actively involved with the AHA NSW and other industry groups.
Nick and Theo Feros first became business partners in 1961 when they opened a dry cleaning business. By 1969, when the business was sold, it had expanded to four sites.
The Feros brothers acquired their first hotel, The Oxford in Newtown later that same year and now, between them, have 80 years experience in the hotel industry. Since 1994, they have pursued their own interests in the hotel industry and now the next generation of this family is actively involved in the management and operation of their respective hotel groups.
In the words of one of their sons: “They have instilled in us all, the importance of supporting and being actively involved with the AHA NSW.”
A woman with more than 50 years experience in the hotel industry, Margaret Maloney began her career at the Royal Hotel in Armidale in 1955. She moved from Armidale to the Courthouse Hotel in Lithgow, then the Petersham Inn at Petersham, followed by the North Annandale Hotel. In 1974, at a time when there were only a handful of female licensees in NSW, Mrs Maloney became the Licensee of the Royal Hotel in Randwick. In 1990, she purchased the freehold of the Hotel.
Under her stewardship, the Royal Hotel at Randwick, which is listed in the National Trust having been built in 1887, has undergone extensive renovations – all the while maintaining its heritage and history. Her ability to market change is legendary and she has always been at the forefront of industry trends.
2009: John Ross OAM
Whilst most people know John Ross from his days playing first grade rugby league for the Parramatta Eels, his career in the hotel industry started at the Macquarie Arms in Windsor in 1961, where he was the licensee for 26 years. He managed the Century Hotel (George Street) from 1986 to 1991 before he moved on to become the licensee at the Kings Head Hotel (corner of Park and Elizabeth Streets) until 1997.
Mr Ross served on the AHA NSW Executive from 1968 to 1993 and he was President of the NSW branch for 11 years – not to mention the fact that he served as both Vice-President and President for the National AHA and was the founding chairman of HOSTPLUS.
Mr Ross retired in 1997 and has contributed a great deal to both the Associates and the hotel industry as a whole.
2009: Doris Bishop
In 1964, Doris Bishop gave up an acting career in which she had played alongside Bob Hope, Katherine Hepburn and Peter Ustinov to buy the Belmore Park Hotel with her widowed mother, Essie Goddard.
Doris and her mother were among the first Sydney publicans to install a women’s toilet in their public bar in the 1960’s, inviting women to share what was a men’s-only environment.
From the Belmore Park in Surry Hills, Doris Bishop moved to the West End in Balmain, the Marlborough in Newtown and finally, her beloved Hollywood Hotel in 1977.
Doris Bishop was only the second female to be inducted into the AHA NSW’s Hall of Fame.
Colin Ritchie has been involved in the industry for more than 50 years and with his dogged temperament, he was the backbone of the Toohey’s lessees in their fight against Alan Bond in the 1980’s… in fact, he was instrumental in getting the fight started in the first place.
An industry hero, Mr Ritchie has been involved with many hotels over the years and currently runs the Heritage Hotel at Bulli and the Clare Hotel on Broadway. A long-time Kogarah Councillor, he has received Life Membership to the AHA at the national level and has held Executive positions with the AHA at both a State and national level.
Peter Vlandis’ services to the hotel industry over a number of years has been outstanding to say the least. A loyal supporter of the AHA NSW and the industry as a whole, he can be relied upon to support any worthwhile cause.
Mr Vlandis worked as a pastry chef in the family business before joining two mates to buy his first pub, the Oxford Tavern in Petersham, in 1972. The trio then went on to buy the iconic Comb and Cutter at Blacktown, which is known for giving some of the country’s best bands a kick-start in their careers. He currently owns the Three Swallows Hotel at Bankstown, the Coolibah Hotel at Merrylands and the Colonial Hotel at Werrington.
2011: Dr Peter Beaumont
2012: Peter Ryan
2013: John and Justin Hemmes