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1903, Lot 221, South Terrace, corner of Henderson, since 1986 known as the Sail and Anchor
The [present] Freemasons Hotel was constructed in 1901-1903. It replaced the hotel that was originally constructed on the site in 1854 for Nicholas Paterson and Anthony Cornish. [The hotel was called the Freemasons Hotel in 1882 and 1888, and may have been called that from 1854.] In 1901, James Gallop purchased the Freemasons Hotel property and commissioned architect Frederick William Burwell to design a new hotel for the site. The construction was undertaken by William Reynolds and was carried out in stages so that the hotel could continue to trade. In the 1920s, a first floor wing was added to the western side of the hotel. In 1955, the veranda and balcony was removed and replaced with a suspended awning.
In 1923 the Swan Brewery purchased the hotel from William Padbury, retaining ownership of it until 1977. In April 1984, the Freemasons Hotel was sold to Brewtech Ltd who undertook a major restoration and upgrading of the hotel, converting it into Australia's first boutique pub brewery, and renaming it the Sail and Anchor in 1986. The renovations included the restoration of the veranda and balcony.
In 1990 Elders IXL purchased the Matilda Bay Brewing Company (formerly Brewtech Ltd), in a deal that valued Matilda Bay at more than A$50m, selling the hotel to the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH), a subsidiary of Woolworths Limited, who subsequently closed the micro-brewery operations at the hotel in 2010. Wikipedia.
Top photo by Gnangarra: thanks. Advertisement (right) from the 1882 WA Almanack.
James A. Herbert was the licensee of the Freemasons Hotel in 1882 (advertisement in the 1882 WA Almanack.) F.T. Pamment was the licensee in 1888. Western Mail Saturday 8 December 1888: 8. Otto Wehrstedt was the licensee in 1892. The West Australian, Wednesday 7 December 1892: 3. Alfred Court was the licensee in 1897. Western Mail, Friday 10 December 1897: 35.
Garry Gillard | New: 20 September, 2014 | Now: 12 May, 2019