In 1853, Mac’s Hotel was built for Mr R’s great-great-great-grandfather, John McMillan. It is classified by the National Trust because it is the oldest surviving purpose-built hotel in continuous use in Melbourne.
John McMillan was born in Durness, Sutherland, Scotland in 1816, the son of Ewan McMillan, foxhunter and game keeper, and Flora McKay. He arrived in Melbourne before 1841 when his first application for a publican’s licence was knocked back. He gained a licence the following year.
Want to read more about the history of the hotel? I have copied an article from OnMyDoorstep here.