Harry (Haralambos) Corones
was born on the 17th September 1883,
at Kithira, Greece
to Panayiotis Coroneos and Stamatea (nee Freeleagus).
Harry migrated to Australia on the 10th August 1907.
For full biography, please refer to Greek tab.
- 1909: He began trade in Charleville as a fruit and vegetable vendor.
- 1911: Opened the Paris Cafe, and from its rear premises operated a silent-picture cinema
- 1912: He became the licensee of the Hotel Charleville, which he operated until 1924.
- 1914: He married Eleftheria, at the Holy Trinity Church, Surry Hills.
- 1926: He purchased the Hotel Norman; an 1895 low set timber building. Corones embarked on a long-term building program, creating a new hotel designed by William Hodgen Junior. The first two stages were built in reinforced concrete, around the old hotel, enabling trading to continue. The third stage built in brick included the ballroom. Eventually it occupied almost an entire block of Charleville’s main street. The Hotel Corones flourished as a tourist, pastoralist and commercial traveller’s house and was the entertainment hub of Charleville during WWII. Dances were held every night for the American servicemen who occupied the airfield and hospital. It remains a favourite watering hole in Charleville.
- An article published in the Daily mail on Sat 4 Sep 1926, titled Charleville, refers to Harry Corones as the “uncrowned king of Charleville”.
- 1931: In November 1931, seventy-two diggers participated in the first reunion ever held in Charleville, the function taking place in Corone’s Hall. According to the article published on the 13th November 1931, two days after the event…
- 1931: His son, Alexander died, aged 15 years old. Death notice was published in the Brisbane Courier on Sat 16 May 1931, page 7. According to the notice, Alexander was a student at the Ipswich Grammar School. He was resident at the school, and on Thursday while playing football he knocked his toe. Blood poisoning quickly developed, causing the boy’s death.
- 1965: He was appointed M.B.E.
- 1972: Died on the 22nd March at Charleville