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Cleopatra Hotel

24 High St

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The hotel was originally called the Crown and Thistle. Captain E.H. Fothergill leased it from the owners Pearse and Owston in May 1881, renovated the premises and named them after the Cleopatra, a ship he owned. The hotel reopened 1st July 1881. It had an attractive garden and tile paved path and a sign (by Nicolay) showing the ship Cleopatra in full sail. Captain Fothergill remained proprietor until 1896. The building was demolished in 1906. Fremantle History Centre photo #1024, c1890, and text.

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The Cleopatra Hotel in 1949, with verandah.

Original hotel demolished in 1906 and present hotel erected by C.H. Carter in 1907. In 1985 more than $50,000 was spent on renovations and it was then called the Auld Mug Tavern. Renamed Cleopatra in 1989. The Cleopatra was named after the licensee Fothergill's schooner. A painted sign of the vessel in full sail was a feature of the original hotel until its demolition in 1906. Fremantle History Centre photo #2353, c1890, and text.

The first hotel on this site was the Crown and Thistle built in the early 1850s by the Francisco family. The Francisco family sold the property to Pearse and Owston in 1880. Captain E.H. Fothergill leased it from Pearse and Owston in May 1881, renovated it and named it the Cleopatra after a ship he owned. Fothergill was licensee of the hotel from 1882 and owner from the early 1890s to 1896 when he died at the hotel. Ownership was taken over by the Swan Brewery 1906. The building was demolished and architect J.H. Eales was employed to design a new hotel on the site of the original. The work was completed in August 1907. In 1985 more than $50,000 was spent on renovations at the time of the Americas Cup defence, and it was renamed the Auld Mug Tavern. A fire gutted the second storey in 1988. 1993-1997 name changed to the West End Hotel. 1997 name changed to Coakley's. Came up for sale 2001. The Edmund Rice Centre (affiliated with Notre Dame University) bought the building in Nov 2001. (Heritage Council)

The hotel was originally called the Crown and Thistle. Captain E H Fothergill leased it from the owners Pearse and Owston in May 1881, renovated the premises and named them after the Cleopatra, a ship he owned. The hotel reopened July 1st 1881. It had an attractive garden and tile paved path and a sign showing the ship Cleopatra in full sail. Captain Fothergill remained proprietor until 1896. The building was demolished in 1906. Architect J H Eales designed the new Cleopatra Hotel on the site of the original. Work was completed in August 1907. More than $50,000 was spent on renovations in 1985 and the hotel was renamed ‘The Auld Mug Tavern’. The name has since reverted to Cleopatra. Notre Dame University webpage, mostly taken from the FHC data.

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Cleopatra Hotel in 1985, photographed by Skip Watkins, from FHC #E000246.

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Cleopatra Hotel with me outside in the Google Street View photo about 2014. I remember, by the way, having a drink in the bar which used to be behind where that big window is where I'm standing, when Mick Vodanovich was publican. Mick usually had a beer in front of him, but it was the smallest glass, a pony. Mick played the violin and knew my Dad, also a muso, who played bass.


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