EAGER BIDDERS: Brisbane auctioneers Paul Zoeller and Mark Peel (far right) yesterday accepting bids from the enthusiastic crowd at the Bellowing Bull, Wollongbar.
EAGER BIDDERS: Brisbane auctioneers Paul Zoeller and Mark Peel (far right) yesterday accepting bids from the enthusiastic crowd at the Bellowing Bull, Wollongbar. Jacklyn Wagner

Bellowing at the bull

THE Bellowing Bull has been a Wollongbar icon for 35 years.

But its memorable shanks and steaks are destined to be just a tasty memory following its closure and the auction yesterday of its furnishings, cutlery and equipment.

More than 150 people turned up at the former homestead-style restaurant.

Some were locals who wanted to buy into what was the end of an era, and a time when its ads would often noisily pop-up on the television screen over the years.

And emotions were obviously mixed for owner Kingsley Martin who quietly watched the auction taking place after running the 300-seat restaurant for 23 years.

He said he did not wish to make any comment about the sale.

Opened in 1974 the menus, wine lists, tables, timber chairs, lights, beer mats, cutlery, metal kitchen pots and pans, along with white plate ware, were all up for grabs.

Auctioneer Paul Zoeller, from Laudiston Auctioneers, led the crowd through the timber building as the lots were sold off, even taking phone bids.

Local primary school youngsters and their parents were set up in the garden running a sausage sizzle - a contrast to the 300g rib fillet and prime 350g rump steaks once on the Bull's menu at $28.90 and $25.90.

First to go at the 10am auction was the 4m metal windmill that stood pride of place outside the Bellowing Bull's homestead on the Bruxner Highway.

Described in size as 'a bit of a pup' it began with a starting bid of $200 but quickly sold for $600.

Dozens of well-worn timber Bentwood chairs selling in different lots proved popular - some going for as much as $47.50 each.

Collector items included electric beer signs, even an illuminated oversized Coke bottle top ad, and coloured beer-branded bar mats.

The fate of the homestead is not known.



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