Barbed Wire Pub in Spalding celebrates 140 years

If only the walls could talk, they would tell some wicked stories of the Barbed Wire Pub in Spalding. 

Although the walls can’t talk, there’s many stories that were shared at the pub’s 140 year celebration at the weekend. 

The significant milestone was celebrated in true country pub style, with a band, good food, friends and fun.

Publican Geoff Tiller said more than 100 people turned out for the event, many from Spalding and a number of past residents. 

“It was a really good night, everybody had fun,” Mr Tiller said. 

Despite a cold night, Mr Tiller said this didn’t stop those who attended from enjoying what was on offer. 

In its 140 year history the pub has seen licencees come and go – Mr Tiller has been pulling beers there for seven years – but it has remained an institution for the Spalding locals (and visitors). 

He said the continuation of the pub came from various factors – they included consistency with trading hours and working to the community and what the people wanted. 

“You have to work at the pub, keep it fresh and alive and do different things to keep them coming in,” Mr Tiller said. 

Mr Tiller said many stories surfaced at the celebrations, laughs were had and interesting information was found out – which includes the tales of a suspected ghost that lives in room seven, horses walked through the front bar and more. 

“I have been here seven years and I have not seen it, but I have not stayed in room seven,” he said. 

He said, thanks to information put together by Peter Gill, they were able to delve into the history – which included records from way back in 1901.  

Adding to the pub and making it truly iconic, Mr Tiller has has now got one of the largest collections of barbed wire you’ll see – possibly in Australia. 

More than 500 different kinds of barbed wire can be found on display including a wide variety of barbed wire, ranging from agricultural purposed to wartime purposed wire.

There is also a collection of fence droppers and fencing tools found in the museum, some of which have been made by local farmers.