155 Murray Street, Gawler | PH (08) 8522 1889

About Us

The Exchange Hotel, 155 Murray Street, Gawler, South Australia, was first licensed in 1868, with Mr Theodore Kneese the nominated Licensee.
The Exchange was originally a single storey building with the Licensee and family residing below the Hotel in rather unique and spacious surroundings.
Although much of the below ground furnishings have long since disappeared the old wood stove, in what was once the kitchen, still remains.
Gawler in the early 1900’s represented a day’s travel by horse and cart from Adelaide, and, to accommodate the needs of the weary traveller, another story was added to the Exchange Hotel.
Licensees of the Exchange have been many, but is worth noting that the Mulligan’s who held the Licence from April 1925 until April 1964, actually brewed and sold their own beer on the premises. Unfortunately all that remains of the beer is a single bottle label.

The Exchange has undergone many changes over the years. In the 1980’s the then Licensee, Peter Holness, acquired the adjoining Murrays Motor Cycle Shop and transformed it into a Licensed Bottle Shop.

In 2015 the Hotel underwent a renovation & expansion including for the first time a commercial kitchen, seated dining & a roof garden.

Previous Licencees

1868 – Kneese Theodore
1869 – Kneese T.
1873 – Thompson C.
1874 – Von Allworden Louis
1877 – Frankel F.
1881 – Murphy M.
1883 – Peisker Paul
1886 – Lucas C.J.
1902 – Burden H.W.P.
1903 – Nenke H.B.

1906 – Neske Chas.
1907 – Howard Michael Joseph
1923 – Read F.
1924 – White F.
1924 – Sanderson H.G.
1925 – Mulligan Clarence
1940 – Mulligan Edith Ivy
1964 – Gleeson McEllister & Pauline Mary
1968 – Gleeson McEllister
1970 – Brown Charles & Gertrude Rozelle
1971 – Nottage Claude & Kathleen Valda

1977 – Nottage Claude
1978 – Sichler Everard & Monica Joan
1980 – Richardson Francis
1981 – Richardson Gilbert
1981 – Holness Thomas
1985 – Scott & Diane Fraser
2003 – Shane Clarke & Damian McGee
2004 – Shane Clarke
2011 – Anthony Circosta
2012 – Damian McGee


Here at the Exchange Hotel we’re proud to be active within our local community employing 25+ young locals. We are also proud sponsors of a number of community groups & sporting clubs whom we actively support.

Additionally once a month we also donate a ‘Carlsberg Karma Keg’ where local groups & associations can raise funds for a much needed cause.

We love being a part of our local community…. can we help your club or association? Contact us to see if we can help out.

Proud Sponsors Of

Willaston Football Club

Central Districts Basketball Club – Men’s & Women’s Premier League programs

Trinity Old Scholars Football Club

Angaston Football Club

Riverside Cricket Club

Willaston Cricket Club

Sandy Creek Cricket Club

Mystery Shitbox Rally Car “Smokey & the Bandit” (supporting the Cancer Council)

Willaston Netball Club

St Georges Netball Club

Barossa Light & Gawler Football Association Umpires

 Sandy Creek Golf Club – Ladies Programme
Gates Motor Sports

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