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later Bridge Hotel, Cantonment Road, later 193 Victoria Road, later Queen Victoria Street
The Richmond Hotel was situated in Cantonment Road, facing Cantonment (Signal Station ) Hill. 'The Cottage' (1860s) was used for recreational purposes by Mr Fred Caesar from 1878 while he conducted the Emerald Isle (later Orient) Hotel in High Street. About 1884, Mr Caesar applied for a Wayside House license. The ideal location next to the traffic bridge led to the erection of a larger building and a general Public House license. In 1900 the premises were completely rebuilt as the Richmond (later Bridge) Hotel. Fremantle History Centre photo no. 958 c1891 Cantonment Street.
This was a postcard published by P Falk. The Railway Bridge is in the centre background with the North shore of the river behind. On the right side is the Richmond Hotel (known as the Bridge Hotel from about 1940). This hotel was demolished in May 1965. Fremantle History Centre photo no. 1418 c1900 photographer P. Falk, taken from Cantonment Hill area.
The railway bridge in 1900 was much further west, down harbour, than the present one, which comes to this southern shore just to the right (in the photo) of where the Richmond/Bridge Hotel stood.
The Bridge Hotel cropped out of a 1959 panorama taken from Cantonment Hill. The older railway bridge is still in use, but the groundworks for the new (present) one can be seen on the right of the photo. The hotel is doomed. I have no source for this excellent photo.
The ferry Reliance on the Swan River, the Richmond Hotel in the background, c.1905. Photo from SLWA, no. 006490D.
The Richmond Hotel was built at the top of Putney Road, which led up to Queen Victoria Street from the riverside level, where it slaked the thirst of rowing crews for many years. The licensee was Frederick Caesar, who had arrived on the Strathmore in 1871. It was later renamed Bridge Hotel and Ted Hoare was publican. Eventually the Hotel was demolished at the time of the upriver development of the harbour.
Garry Gillard | New: 20 September, 2014 | Now: 29 November, 2016