Fremantle Stuff > Hotels > Australia Hotel
1898, 2 Beach St, corner of what was Edward St and is now Parry St, photo Battye BA842/11
The Australia Hotel is on the corner of Parry St (original name Edward St, named for William Edward Parry) and Beach St. It has had various names and was most recently Australia Backpackers. As a licensed premises it previously traded as the Flag and Whistle, and was known before that as the Harbourside and as the Australia Tavern. It's just across from the Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay and so is one of the first buildings seen by passengers disembarking from cruise ships, so it's just as well it's getting a facelift at the time of writing, as it was looking very unkempt.
Johannah Mary Bowe, widow, applied for a provisional certificate for a publican's general license for premises proposed to be erected at the corner of Beach and Edward streets, East Fremantle. Mr. Moss appeared to support the application, which was unopposed. Mr. O. N. Nicholson architect, produced plans of the building, which it was estimated would cost between £9,000 and £10,000. It was intended to erect a first-class hotel of three stories on a block of land of 102ft. by 188ft. In addition to the bars and ordinary rooms there would be 46 bedrooms and 5 parlours, and Mr. Moss remarked that it would be the best hotel in Fremantle when completed. The Bench granted the application. Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897, p. 35.
This was the hotel before its 2015 renovation. It had a bad internet reputation, but now claims on its new website to be OK, tho it's not a good sign that it offers "accomadation" as well as "accomodation". I walked around it recently, and it's not a pretty sight.
According to Allen Graham, the hotel was opened on 1 October 1898.
Garry Gillard | New: 23 September, 2014 | Now: 18 November, 2018