William Rolfe Steele is mentioned by Tuckfield and Ewers as being in 1830 the publican of the South Sea Hall Public House on the corner of High and Henry Streets.
Hitchcock records a W.R. Steele as being the purchaser of town lots 80-81 which were or are on the corner of Henry and High Streets, where the Marich Building is now. In 1844 the Royal Hotel was there, so perhaps it was the successor of the South Sea Hall Public House.
Ewers, John K. 1971, The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, Fremantle City Council, with UWAP, rev. ed. [1st ed. 1948]: 11.
Hitchcock, JK 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council: 110.
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.
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.
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