Local residents of Victor Harbor may have noticed the recent upgrade to the heritage 1889 Grosvenor Hotel building on the corner of Ocean and Coral streets.
The building has recently undergone a face lift both inside and out, all in accordance with the State heritage guidelines. Andrew Hill is the licensee of the Grosvenor Hotel and he is very proud of the 'new look' hotel.
Andrew and his young family shifted to the region 12 years ago and during that time they've worked hard to maintain the high standard of community service, not just at the hotel, but also within the broader community.
Andrew grew up on the family sheep and broad acre cropping farm in the small community of Malinong near Meningie. At 16, he left school to work full time on the farm due to his father's poor health.
He also worked as a seasonal shearer in the region and then obtained his builder's licence, specialising in stone masonry work and completed many local restoration projects.
He later gained his Real Estate licence and combined this new career with his love of restoring old buildings. It was there he met the regional manager of Carlton United Breweries, who offered him a sales executive position.
From growing barley on the family farm, to marketing the beer made from the barley, the obvious next step would be to serve beer in his own hotel. The family farm was sold due to his father's ailing health and this decision was made easier when Andrew met and married Sophie who was a qualified chartered accountant.
“It was an easy decision with Sophie providing guidance and strong support for the family,” Andrew said.
Andrew and his bride Sophie, shifted to Adelaide where their three children, Abby, Henry and Georgia were all born. In 2006, the family re-located to Victor Harbor and took over the licence of the Grosvenor Hotel.
The unity, strength and support from his family is nowadays very evident as the children, now all teenagers often help with serving food and other chores at the hotel. Sophie keeps a keen eye on the business side and this enables Andrew to become more involved in community work.
“There's not too many better places to live and work than this region. I am proud to be part of this community and it's so satisfying being able to help those less fortunate,” he said.
Andrew has always been his own boss with a strong work ethic and a passion for helping those less fortunate in the community. Over the last 12 years he has sponsored, through the hotel, many local sporting clubs, he's been involved in the Variety Club annual bash, held numerous charity functions at the hotel in conjunction with his great mates Rob Heaslip and Derek McIlroy, both local business men who also give so much to this community.
Andrew Hill is an energetic, compassionate and hard working family man. The community has benefited by this wonderful family moving to Victor Harbor all of those years ago.