End of an era at Penola hotel as family business changes hands

FAMILY AFFAIR: John and Libby Heyward and their five daughters pour drinks behind the bar as a family for the last time at the Heywards Royal Oak Hotel.

AFTER serving the Penola community for almost 80 years, the Heyward family is parting ways with the Royal Oak Hotel, marking the end of an era.

Penola’s John Rymill has acquired the historic hotel and will continue John and Libby Heyward’s legacy following the family’s lifelong association.

The extensive property was built by Alexander Cameron, founder of Penola and uncle of Mary

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