In the early 1800s, Childers looked a lot different than it does now. There were 91 people in the whole town and not much happened aside from agriculture. Jump forward to the 1890s and Childers was establishing itself as a booming sugar town. With a new railroad linking it to Cordalba and a growing population of over 4000, the need for entertainment became apparent.
So the Grand Hotel was built in 1892 based on German-born architect Anton Hettrich’s designs. It stood out for its elegant look and as the only brick building on the block at the time. When its timber-framed neighbours were gutted by fire in 1902, it provided a design template for the new structures built in their place.
The sugar industry continued to pump new life into Childers over time. The town added more buildings and people and the Grand Hotel evolved to meet their needs. As the mills started closing, some of the town’s other hotels closed their doors for good but the Grand Hotel stayed open. It remains to this day a place where anyone in the neighbourhood can enjoy great food and great times.