By Clyde Mooney – editor Australian Hotelier

After a career in hospitality spanning decades and several Australian States, Max Oldfied passed away last Sunday in his Coffs Harbour home aged 74. 

Born in Perth, Oldfield owned and operated pubs in Sydney, Darwin and the Kimberley, most recently involved with Darwin venues the Frontier Hotel, the Top End Hotel, the Hunypot, The Hot Rock, and the Paraway in Katherine. 

Friend, fellow Darwin hotelier and treasurer of the AHA (NT), Justin Coleman, described him as "a much-loved gentleman of the hospitality industry".

CEO of the AHA (NT), Sarah Andrews, told TheShout Oldfield was a friend to the Association and the industry.   

"Max's passing will leave a gaping hole in the Territory's close-knit hospitality community," said Andrews.  

"Max was involved in many hospitality establishments over the years, in Darwin as well as Katherine, and was also a great supporter of the AHA (NT). He well known and loved by not only his staff, but his industry peers as well."    

"Max Oldfield was a true 'Territory Publican' who contributed significantly to the Territory's hospitality industry, particularly during its infancy, and will be sadly missed by all." 

Oldfield was buried in Coffs Harbour yesterday. Coleman paid respect to his fortitude through a battle with bone cancer. 

"He was the nicest man you'll ever meet. He knew he didn't have that long to go but he kept a brave face on."

The pair "shared a love of the turf" and jointly owned dozens of race horses. 

A 'Farewell To Max Oldfield' handicap will be run at Fannie Bay racecourse tomorrow, with a tribute next Friday at Darwin Turf Club.

Image courtesy of Valda Ioane, Fannie Bay Photographs

The Shout Team

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