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Rose and Crown Hotel

Corner of High and Queen Streets, 1830-1937, aka Fremantle Girls School, later the site of the Oriana

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Fremantle History Centre photo #992A, 1927. The original Rose and Crown Hotel, the oldest house in Fremantle; which became the first government school in Fremantle, with Mrs Fanny Pulford as School Mistress. It was afterwards used as a boarding house for pupils of Fremantle Grammar School. In 1938, Hoyts (Fremantle) built a theatre on the site. Known as the Oriana, it was demolished in March 1972 for the building of shops. The photograph was taken from the Western Mail, 14 April 1927.

The house was built in 1830. It seems to have become a school by 1867. In 1872 Mrs Fanny Pulford is said by the FHC (in the Street Names document) as being the Headmistress of the Fremantle Girls School, which was noted as the first government school in Fremantle, which was apparently in this Rose and Crown Hotel building where Pulford taught from 1867.

According to the 1927 Western Mail caption (above) it was after that it was used as a boarding house for FGS boys.

The building was on the corner of High St and Queen St, where the Hoyts Cinema, later the Oriana Cinema stood. There are now some very ordinary shops there.
The side caption reads: This was taken out of the "The Western Mail", Special Fremantle Number, 14 April 1927.
The bottom caption reads: At the SOUTH EASTERN corner of High St and Queen St. In the left background can be seen part of Victoria Hall.
Photo from the Local History Collection, Fremantle Library, enhanced by Bob Sommerville: thanks!

The 'Fremantle Grammar School' to which the caption under the old photo refers had been opened in 1882 by Henry Briggs. In 1886 he:

... resigned and established a boys' [sic] school of his own further up High Street [at 200]. As a consequence, the Grammar School [the one on Queen St] closed down and he took it over [in the sense that the boys moved up the hill to the new building], continuing in charge until 1897. Ewers: 108.

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The Rose and Crown in c1937, the year it was demolished. FHC photo #2048D is accompanied by the following text.

The Rose and Crown Hotel was built before 1849 and later used to board pupils from Henry Briggs' Grammar School. It was demolished October 1937.


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