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A testament to the Fitzgibbons family’s indisputable passion for this hotel; ever-growing, ever-changing, but always unwavering warmth & welcome.


The Land

Charles Baker buys the land The Glen Hotel sits on today and building commences.


The First Beer

Baker’s Hotel opens and the first beers are poured, making it amongst the oldest, continuously trading licensed premises in Queensland.


The Cobb & Co.

Cobb & Co. coaches stop daily at the newly named “The Eight Mile Plains Hotel” on their Brisbane to Southport route. Passengers enjoy hot meals and cold ale from the Hotel as fresh horses are harnessed.


The Glen

With the undulating countryside reminding them of their hometown, Scottish sisters Mary-Jane McCamey and Emma O’Sullivan take over the Hotel, changing its name to “The Glen.”


The Family

After years of watching their parents transform establishments throughout Queensland, siblings Brian, Vince and Imelda Fitzgibbons buy the rundown Hotel with plans to bring it back to life. Brian’s son, also named Brian, aged eight, accompanies his dad to the Hotel for the nightly lockup.


The First Makeover

Brian & Elaine Fitzgibbons and their nine children move into the Hotel as extensive renovations start. A new drive-in bottle service, front bar, and cabaret room are added to the Hotel, creating a hub of dinner dances, cabarets, and discos.


The Entertainment

The Hotel is an icon in Brisbane during this time with The Rumblin’ Tum disco, Richard Swift and the “Glenaires” on cabaret night and performances from Johnny O’Keeffe, Kamahl, Billy Thorpe, Daddy Cool and the Deltones.


The Brothers

Brian and Greg Fitzgibbons buy the Hotel, keeping it in the family.


The Cookhouse

Renovations are complete just in time for Expo 88 opening in Brisbane. The Hotel opens a new bar, “The Cookhouse Restaurant” and builds three outdoor rotundas along Bulimba Creek.


The First Award

The Glen Hotel are awarded ‘Best Bar Presentation & Service’ at the State and National Hotel Awards for Excellence.


The Pokies

A brand new gaming room with 20 new machines and new conference rooms open.


The Deck

The Deck opens, providing expansive timber decking overlooking Bulimba creek and the gardens, with a new kids’ playground to complete the picture.


The Fundraising

The inaugural Go Pink Day lunch in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is held.


The Best Functions

We are awarded ‘Best Functions Operation/Facility’ at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.


50 Years

The Fitzgibbons family celebrates 50 years of continuous ownership at The Glen.


The Glen Hotel & Suites

In time for the G20 summit in Brisbane, The Glen Suites opens, offering 4.5 star hotel rooms becoming a preferred accommodation provider for G20 support services.


The Best New Accommodation

The Glen Hotel & Suites are awarded ‘Best New Accommodation Hotel/Resort’ at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.


The End of an Era

Co-Owner Greg retires, but the Fitzgibbons name happily continues at the heart of The Glen Hotel as Brian and his family retain ownership.


Charles Baker Donuts & Coffee

Charles Baker Donuts & Coffee opens, named as an ode to the original owner of The Glen.


Alphonsus Pizza

New additions arrive all the way from Naples, Italy – twin wood-fired pizza ovens. Named after Brian’s grandfather, Alphonsus Pizza is born.



Eager to create an intimate sanctuary within the heart of the Hotel, it’s only fitting that the new restaurant be named Lily, after Brian’s garden-loving grandmother and Phons’ wife.


The Sustainable Initiative

The Glen is proud to be one of the first hotel’s to eliminate plastic straws and reduce the use of straws altogether.


The Hotel of the Year

The Glen Hotel & Suites is awarded Best Casual Dining and the Judges award for Best Overall Hotel in Queensland at the Queensland Hotel Association Awards for Excellence.


The Olympics

The Glen Hotel & Suites hosts Australian teams for their training and team immersion before leaving for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, just days before Brisbane is announced as the host city of the 2032 Olympics.

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