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A.W. Armstrong was in 1892 the licensee of the Club Hotel (previously known as the Emerald Isle, and later the Orient Hotel (which it still is) on Lot 62, on the SW corner of Henry and High Streets). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

Joseph Augier was in 1897 the licensee of the Park Hotel (Lot 573, 9 Parry St, cnr Ellen St, now St Patrick's housing): Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35. He died 11 March 1912 and interred in Fremantle Cemetery at Anglican AA 505.

John Bateman (1789-1855) ran the Black Swan in 1830, an inn between Cantonment Street and Beach St, apparently where the Officeworks carpark now is. Bott writes that he operated the inn with Anthony Curtis, but that it was not successful. Curtis, a former RN sailor, moved on to the Stag's Head (q.v.). (Tuckfield: 78) Bateman and Curtis had arrived on the Medina 6 July 1830. There is a memorial to John Bateman in Fremantle cemetery, at Congregational D3, tho he would have (at least in the first instance) interred in the Skinner Street Cemetery.

George Beard was the licensee of the Beaconsfield Hotel (extant, but with a silly name) in 1897. Beard also had in that year a 'wine and beer' licence at the Star Hotel. Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

John P. Beresford in 1908 was the manager of the Pearlers Hotel (later the Terminus - extant, Lot 120, 18 Pakenham Street, corner of Leake St) at the time that he shot himself at the age of 55. He had been suffering from 'dropsy and insomnia'. He was interred at Anglican AA1165. He was also at other times licensee of the Esplanade Hotel (Lot 150, formerly corner of Collie St, now extends from Collie St to Essex St, 46-54 Marine Terrace) and Star Hotel (1887, Lot 182, 5 Essex St, extant? as Pirate Backpackers at what is now 11 Essex St?)

J. Bick was in 1892 the licensee of the Swan Hotel (originally built 1888, it was on Lot 294, where the 1923 building is extant, at what is now 201 Queen Victoria St, on the corner with Swan St). [A John Alfred Bick died 5 August 1916, interred Anglican AA1530.]

Henry Rice Bond in July 1830 was granted a licence for an inn at Woodsman [sic] Point, South Fremantle (Tuckfield: 68).

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.... The Bench granted the application. Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35. This was and still is the Australia Hotel (c. 1900) Lot 258, 2 Beach St, formerly corner of Edward, now Parry St.

John Charles Brice was in 1897 the licensee of the Stanley Beer House, later the Duke of York Hotel, then Club Giovanni Italia, Lot 434, Bannister Street, now the site of the Hougoumont Hotel. Brice's 1897 application was opposed by police, but Magistrate Fairbairn gave him 'another chance'. There is record of the death of Brice in WA in MCB records.

Mrs Alice Bullen was running the Albion Hotel on the Perth-Fremantle road around 1860 - possibly where the present-day Albion Hotel still stands in Cottesloe, tho the road called Albion Street is a few blocks away up the hill towards Perth.

John Butler was running his Halfway House (which he called Bush Inn) on the Perth-Fremantle track from April 1830.

Michael Byrne was manager of the Beaconsfield Hotel in the 1940s and 1950s. Heritage Council.

Frederick Caesar was in 1888 and still in 1892 the licensee of the Richmond Hotel (formerly the Bridge Hotel and no longer extant). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8. He died 10 May 1904 aged 66 and was interred at Anglican A229.

Robert Collins was licensee, 1830, of the Collins Hotel - later the Waterman's Arms, which was at Lot 41 in Mouat St, roughly where a dwelling presently stands at no. 14. If he died in the colony, the record of Collins's death is apparently missing.

John Cooper was the licensee of the Plough Hotel, on Lot 125, three lots from the corner of Leake and Market Streets in 1833. He was the licensee to 1835 or later. It was followed on that site by the Race Horse Inn, and then the Princess Theatre (cinema) which extended from that corner westward along Leake St - to what was to become the Pearlers/Terminus Hotel (extant, Lot 120, 18 Pakenham Street, corner of Leake St.). If he died in the colony, the record of Cooper's death is apparently missing.

Alfred Court was in 1897 the licensee of the Freemasons Hotel (1903, Lot 221, South Terrace, corner of Henderson, since 1986 known as the Sail and Anchor). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Anthony Curtis, a former RN sailor, had arrived on the Medina 6 July 1830, and was licensee of the Stag's Head Hotel (extant in 1844), was on Lot 106, which was on the SW corner of Pakenham and High Streets. It was opened in December 1833 by him (he formerly ran the Black Swan). The building now on the corner is known as the Ajax Building. If he died in the colony, the record of Curtis's death is apparently missing.

James Davey was the first 'keeper' (licensee?) of the Beaconsfield Hotel in 1895. Heritage Council.

Alfred A. Davies was in 1888, 1892 and still in 1897 the licensee of the Oddfellows Hotel (now Norfolk Hotel, but only half of it is extant, Lot 167, corner of Norfolk Street and South Terrace: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35. The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8. Alfred A. Davies was also, from 1903/4, the owner of the Beaconsfield Hotel, together with Frederick Jones.

E.E. Davies was the first owner of the Beaconsfield Hotel in 1895. Heritage Council.

William Dixon was licensee, 1830, of the George IV Public House, which was on the SW corner of High and Cliff Streets, where W.F. Samson's house stood c. 1855 - c. 1955. The site is currently vacant, and NDU plans a five-storey building on it. William Keats ran the Union Hotel, on Lot 128, on the corner of Short and Market Streets. It was apparently mentioned in an 1833 advertisement (Perth Gazette, August 3). William Dixon took the Union Hotel over in July 1832 and was still the licensee in 1834.

John Hole Duffield ran the Albion Inn (or Hostelry) in a house at Lot 117 Pakenham St (third lot from the southern end on the western side) conjecturally from 1839 to 1844. Errington (2017) has it in existence in 1831. It was called the Albion Inn in an advertisement in the Perth Gazette, 28 September 1839. His remains were reinterred in Karrakatta.

Edward William Davies, mad Mayor, was in 1901 the proprietor of the Terminus Hotel (extant, Lot 120, 18 Pakenham Street, corner of Leake St); he sold it in that year. He is interred at Anglican A392, with a splendid monument, right next to Samson Avenue (the main cortege entrance).

James George Flindell was in 1888 the licensee of the Pier Hotel (Lot 26, Cliff St, corner of Croke St, 1873-1955). He apparently purchased the hotel from his brother-in-law George Thompson [source for that unknown]. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8.

Edward Fothergill was in 1888 and still in 1892 the licensee of the Cleopatra Hotel, (extant, formerly the Crown & Thistle - but apparently a different establishment from one of that name begun by Mrs Pace - on part of Lot 61, near the NW corner of Henry and High Streets). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35. The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

James Hagan was in 1892 the licensee of the Victoria Hotel, which had been Mrs Pace's, then became the Crown & Thistle, and then the Victoria Hotel (c. 1870), and then the P&O Hotel (1901, extant), on Lots 45 and 46, High Street. James E. Hagan (probably the same man) was also in 1892 the licensee of the National Hotel (extant, Lot 415, corner High and Market Streets). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

Patrick Hagan was in 1888 the licensee of the Victoria Hotel, which had been Mrs Pace's, then became the Crown & Thistle, and then the Victoria Hotel (c. 1870), and then the P&O Hotel (1901, extant), on Lots 45 and 46, High Street. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8. The deaths of Margaret (1877) and Patrick (1891) Hagan predate the opening of Fremantle Cemetery, they must have been interred in St Patrick's Cemetery, the RC section at Skinner St, where their remains continue to rest. The tombstone in the photo would have been removed with others on the Heritage Trail. Their memorial is almost the very last on the Trail, just near Wilson Drive.

George Haines was in 1897 the licensee of the Welsh Harp, later Collie Hotel, later Oceanic Hotel (extant as Rivendell Units), Collie St, Lot 451, corner Pakenham St. Objections were raised by police to the re-granting of the licence to Haines in 1897.

William Hall was in 1897 the licensee of the Swan Hotel (originally built 1888, it was on Lot 294, where the 1923 building is extant, at what is now 201 Queen Victoria St, on the corner with Swan St). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

James A. Herbert was the licensee of the Freemasons Hotel in 1882 (as shown in an advertisement in the 1882 WA Almanack.)

Margaret Herlihy was manager in 1920/21 of the Beaconsfield Hotel. In 1920 the hotel was owned by the Castlemaine Brewery and in 1929 was acquired by the Swan Brewery. Heritage Council.

Henry Higgins was in 1897 the licensee of the Cleopatra Hotel (extant, formerly the Crown & Thistle - but apparently a different establishment from one of that name begun by Mrs Pace - on part of Lot 61, near the NW corner of Henry and High Streets). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Bertha S. Hilmer was in 1897 the licensee of the Railway Hotel: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Jarvis Hoult was in 1888 the licenses of the Pearlers Hotel (later the Terminus - extant, Lot 120, 18 Pakenham Street, corner of Leake St). Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8.

David Hughes was the licensee of the Seaview Hotel (extant, but with a temporary name) in 1897: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

James Jackson was in 1897 the licensee of the National Hotel (extant, Lot 415, corner High and Market Streets). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Richard James was licensee of James's Hotel, later Tranby House, which was on Lot 130, in the middle of the south side of Short St. I have no information about him, other than that.

Elias Jonas was in 1892 the licensee of the Commercial Hotel (earlier the Southern Cross Hotel, then Albert Hotel, later Exchange Hotel, later Commercial Hotel (extant), now called Sun Dancer Resort Backpackers, Lot 411, 80 High St). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

William Keats ran the Union Hotel, on Lot 128, on the corner of Short and Market Streets. It was apparently mentioned in an 1833 advertisement (Perth Gazette, August 3). Lot 128 had been granted to William Keats, and is was he who opened the hotel in 1832 or before. William Dixon took it over in July 1832 and was still the licensee in 1834. Mr and Mrs Keats, formerly of the Union Hotel, ran the King's Head (Graham), which was on Lot 79, which is three lots from the NE corner of High and Henry Streets, roughly where there is now an empty building used for private parking - which will probably be developed as part of the Marich Building development. Tuckfield calls it the King's Arms, and writes that it was opened by Mr and Mrs Keats, formerly of the Union Hotel.

John Kennedy was in 1897 the licensee of the Federal Hotel (briefly called Rosie O'Grady's, Lot 378, 23-25 William St). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Oliver Lodge was presumably the first licensee of Lodge's Hotel, aka the Castle, then W.D. Moore's house, then a school, then a private hotel, then the (first) Fremantle Club, and lastly the Workers Club (from 1914), which demolished it [!] in 1958; Lot 56, roughly 1 Henry St, now an NDU carpark. Possibly the first three-storey building in the state. An 'innkeeper and clerk' called Oliver Lodge died 5 August 1865 aged 45 of 'fits' and was buried by G.J. Bostock, presumably therefore in the Anglican section of the Skinnner St Cemetery. Two Lodge children died in infancy in 1850 and 1854, one of them, Mary Alice, recorded as being the daughter of a 'hotel-keeper'.

William Lohoar was in 1892 the licensee of the Pearlers Hotel (later the Terminus - extant, Lot 120, 18 Pakenham Street, corner of Leake St). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

Lionel Lukin received a licence (retail) for his farm, Lilburn, at North Fremantle in July 1830. Tuckfield writes that he does not know if he used his house as an inn (68).

T.F. McCarthy was in 1888 the licensee of the National Hotel (extant, Lot 415, corner High and Market Streets). Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8.

William McKenzie was a 'keeper' (licensee?) of the Beaconsfield Hotel in the early twentieth century. Heritage Council.

William Meadly was in 1897 the licensee of the Esplanade Hotel (Lot 150, formerly corner of Collie St, now extends from Collie St to Essex St, 46-54 Marine Terrace): Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Peyton Meares mentioned in July 1830 a licence that he held for a public house at Clarence that failed. See also Henry Rice Bond, whose inn it may have been as he was granted a conditional licence in July 1830 for a house at Woodman Point (Tuckfield: 68). It was called the James Wreck Inn because it was it opposite where the ship of that name was wrecked.

Daniel Mulcahy was in 1897 the licensee of the Commercial Hotel (earlier the Southern Cross Hotel, then Albert Hotel, later Exchange Hotel, later Commercial Hotel (extant), now called Sun Dancer Resort Backpackers, Lot 411, 80 High St). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Michael Mulcahy was the licensee of the Terminus Hotel in 1897: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Martin J. Murphy was in 1897 the licensee of the Newcastle Club Hotel (extant, but since 1986 called the Newport Hotel, Lot 228, 2 South Terrace, corner of Market St): Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

George Newman was in 1897 the licensee of the Plympton Hotel: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Thomas O'Beirne was in 1897 the licensee of the Club Hotel, which was previously known as the Emerald Isle, and later the Orient Hotel (which it still is) on Lot 62, on the SW corner of Henry and High Streets. Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Adam Oliver in 1897 was the licensee of the Rose Hotel: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Charles Henry Pierce was in 1892 and still in 1897 the licensee of His Lordship's Larder (later His Majesty's Hotel, Lot 39, Mouat St, corner of Phillimore St) Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35. The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

Mrs Pace was the wife of Captain Pace (of the Medina, which arrived July 1830), and it was she who was in charge of Mrs Pace's, which became the Crown & Thistle, and then the Victoria Hotel (c. 1870), and then the P&O Hotel (1901, extant), on Lots 45 and 46, High Street.

F.T. Pamment was in 1888 the licensee of the Freemasons Hotel (present building from 1903, Lot 221, South Terrace, corner of Henderson Street, since 1986 known as the Sail and Anchor) in 1897. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8. A Frederick Thomas Pamment died 18 January 1918 and was interred in Karrakatta Cemetery at Anglican HA148.

Robert Plant was the licensee of the Victoria Hotel in 1897: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Thomas Samson was in 1897 the licensee of the Richmond Hotel (formerly the Bridge Hotel and no longer extant). Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Samuel B. Shanks was in 1892 the licensee of the Federal Hotel (briefly called Rosie O'Grady's, Lot 378, 23-25 William St). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

Stephen Starr was in 1897 the licensee of the Pier Hotel (Lot 26, Cliff St, corner of Croke St, 1873-1955) Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

William Rolfe Steele was licensee, 1830, of the South Sea Hall Public House - later the Royal Hotel, which was on Lots 80 and 81, on the NE corner of Henry and High Streets, where the Marich Building is currently.

John Thomas was granted a conditional licence in July 1830 for his house at Clarence. See also Peyton Meares, who may have been involved in that failed enterprise (Tuckfield: 68).

Robert Thomson was licensee, 1830, of the Stirling Arms, on Lot 105, on the NW corner of High and Pakenham Streets, next to Steele's Lot 81 (see 3.). The 1910 Bank of Adelaide is now on that corner, with the Navy Club above. Lots 104 and 105 had been granted to George French Johnson, who was shot dead in a duel on 13 August 1832.

Lizzie Trump was the licensee of the Bruce Town Hotel in 1897: Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.

Thomas Wand was in 1888 the licensee of the Club Hotel, which was previously known as the Emerald Isle, and later the Orient Hotel (which it still is) on Lot 62, on the SW corner of Henry and High Streets. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8.

Otto Wehrstedt was in 1892 the licensee of the Freemasons Hotel (1903, Lot 221, South Terrace, corner of Henderson, since 1986 known as the Sail and Anchor). The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3.

Tba are the licensees of the Fremantle Hotel (1899) part of Lot 18, 6 High St, corner of Cliff St.

Unknown was the licensee of the Australian Inn on Lot 77, in the middle of the eastern side of Henry St, roughly where the Lance Holt School now is.

Unknown was the licensee of the Globe Hotel, which was on Lot 93, which was near the southern end of Henry St, roughly where 52 and 54 Henry St now are.

Unknown was the licensee of the Crown & Thistle (which was apparently a different establishment from the one begun by Mrs Pace). It was later the Cleopatra Hotel, licensee tba, and is extant), on part of Lot 61, near the NW corner of Henry and High Streets.

Unknown was the licensee of the Rose & Crown, previously a house, later a school, later the site of the Oriana Cinema (1938, demolished 1972), Lot 386, Queen St (next to the Victoria Hall), corner of High St.

Unknown is the licensee of the Port Hotel is shown on an 1885 map on Lot 384, in the middle of the south side of what is now the High St Mall.

Unknown atm is the licensee of the Captain Fremantle Motor Lodge (which later traded as Sunny's Shining on the Swan) was on the corner of East Street and Riverside Road, operating 1970-1984, but has now been replaced by a condo.

References, Links, Notes

Bott, Bruce 2001, 'Some of John Bateman's houses in and around Fremantle', Fremantle Studies, 2: 17-35. His endnote refers to Tuckfield 1971: 78.

Dowson, John 2003, Old Fremantle: Photographs 1850-1950, UWAP.

Errington, Steve 2017, 'Fremantle 1829-1832: an illustrated history', Fremantle Studies, 9: 15-29. Errington's endnotes also, like Bott's, refers to Tuckfield's 1971 paper, but add another from 1975: 7, 7, 98.

Ewers, John K. 1971, The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, Fremantle City Council, with UWAP, rev. ed. [1st ed. 1948].

Graham, Allen 2007, 'Patrick Moloney: the story of a Fremantle publican and his connection to the Fenian Fright of 1881', Fremantle Studies, 5: 40-62. [See also: Orient Hotel, Fenians, and J.B. O'Reilly.] Allen Graham has been researching Fremantle hotels since 1982. There is a map compiled by him in the Fremantle Library collection showing Fremantle hotels 1829-1857, and I have referred to that to complete some locations above.

Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

Hutchison, David 2006, Fremantle Walks, Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

Tuckfield, Trevor 1971, 'Early colonial inns and taverns', Early Days: Journal and proceeedings of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, 7, 3: 65-82; Part 2, Early Days: Journal and proceeedings of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, 7, 7: 98-106.


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