A devastating fire that swept through the small Australian community of Buchan claimed no lives, but destroyed the town’s only pub.
The Caves Hotel was built in 1881 and received its liquor licence on December 11, 1882. However, tragedy struck on April 8, 2014, when a serious bushfire swept through Buchan and razed the pub to the ground.
For a small town in country Victoria, going without a pub had a terrible effect on the local community. “There’s that song about a pub with no beer, but we had it even worse,” said one Buchan local.
The local football clubrooms were converted into a temporary pub, but the venue was not quite right for a pub. Something had to be done, and the locals of Buchan turned to the internet to raise the funds needed to replace their historic drinking spot.
In total, $600,000 was raised through the crowdfunding campaign, which is reportedly the most successful …