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Railway Hotel

Tydeman Road, North Fremantle, 1894 (and then 1899?)

The Railway Hotel is on the corner of Delisle St (also spelt De Lisle) and what was Pensioner Rd (later John St and now Tydeman Rd). Delisle St used to be a real street several blocks long; now it is really only the driveway to the hotel and its parking area. The building on the site in 1893 was William Waldeck's Railway Coffee Palace (a coffee palace was a hotel without a liquor licence), and it was in that year that Waldeck's application for a publican's general licence was successful, so it became the Railway Hotel.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4th. [1893]
Adam Oliver, proprietor of the Rose Hotel, and the holder of an hotel license at North Fremantle, and Wm. Waldock, license of the Railway Coffee Palace at North Fremantle, each applied for publicans' general licenses for the premises now occupied by them respectively. Mr. Moss appeared for Mr. Oliver, and Mr. Shaw for Mr. Waldeck. In each case the application was opposed by Mr. Kidson (Kidson & Gawler) on behalf of ratepayers; by the Rev. W. H. Peters, Congregational minister, and by J. Hutchings, as a ratepayer. Petitions were presented for and against each application. The main argument in support of the applications were that the population of the locality, which was estimated at from 1,500 to 1,600, had made such increase in numbers that an additional license house was required. The opposing arguments were a denial of this contention. The Bench decided upon granting Mr. Waldock's application on the ground that the house was required and that its position was preferable to the Rose Hotel premises occupied by Mr. Oliver. The application of the latter, was therefore, refused. West Australian, Wednesday 6 December 1893, p. 7.

The licensee in 1897 was Bertha S. Hilmer. Daily News, Tuesday 7 December, 1897, p. 4.

In 1898, Dagmar Reimer's publican's licence in respect of the Railway Hotel was renewed. Western Mail, Friday 9 December 1898, p. 13.

The health officer (Dr. Birmingham) reported as follows: ... The Railway Hotel is not nearly so well kept [as the Rose]. The building is a rambling old place, with, a large number of small bedrooms in a very confined space, The yard is small, with no provision for drainage, and we found waste water lying about in pools. The closets are clean and well-kept. The bedrooms are small, pokey places of about 800 cubic feet capacity, with absolutely no attempt at ventilation. I understand that the building is to he pulled down ; and it is about the only thing that it is fit for. I would recommend the board to exercise strict supervision over the rebuilding of this hotel. I think that the site should be raised to the level of the road, and care should be taken that there is sufficient ventilation in the new building. Daily News, Friday 14 April 1899, p. 1.

References and Links

Note about the hotel being under threat in Fremantle, the newsletter of the Fremantle Society: March 1996.

Garry Gillard | New: 19 September, 2014 | Now: 18 November, 2018