Fremantle Stuff > Hotels > Lodge's Hotel
Lot 56, no. 1 Henry St, built before 1869 (1864, or earlier) demolished 1958.
It is possible that this was the first three-storey building in the state, as has been suggested. I believe that this may be the same building that was formerly known as the Castle Hotel, which was in existence before 1864.
Unfortunately, Tuckfield is no help. He writes this.
Then in 1853 I find that Oliver Lodge was licensee of the Castle Hotel in Henry Street, Whether the two places were the same building under two names I know not, but at the turn of the century the building became the Fremantle Workers Club. Tuckfield 1975: 100.
Lodge's Hotel soon lost its licence. It first was used as a private house, and then became a school for young ladies until 1880, then a private hotel 1884-6, and then the (first) Fremantle Club, an organisation serving the needs of Fremantle businessmen, 1887-1912. After the Fremantle Club moved on, the building was available for the use of the Fremantle Workers Club, which purchased it in 1916 (previously thought to be 1914) from the AMP Society for £2000.
Mr Lodge built a three-storied hotel on Lot 56 Henry St (no. 1) '(before 1869)', according to the Fremantle Times, but: 'it was not a financial success being on too ambitious a scale for the times. By 1869 it was the private residence of WD Moore, and in 1919 was the Workers Club'. Fremantle Times, 2 May 1919, as typed out on a sheet in FHC Folder 367. Note: the Workers Club was in the building from 1914 onwards.
The Workers Club gained a purpose-built building at 7-9 Henry St from 1956, and the Lodge's Hotel building was demolished in 1958 to provide a carpark for Workers members. There was a plan to have a 'cabaret ballroom' building above the carpark, but it did not eventuate, and the Club sold the site to NDUA, and it continues to be one of their carparks.
Mr [Oliver?] Lodge was presumably the first licensee of Lodge's Hotel, aka the Castle, then W.D. Moore's house, then a school, then a private hotel, then the (first) Fremantle Club, and lastly the Workers Club (from 1914), which demolished it [!] in 1958; Lot 56,1 Henry St, now an NDU carpark. Possibly the first three-storey building in the state. An 'innkeeper and clerk' called Oliver Lodge died 5 August 1865 aged 45 of 'fits' and was buried by G.J. Bostock, presumably therefore in the Anglican section of the Skinnner St Cemetery. Two Lodge children died in infancy in 1850 and 1854, one of them, Mary Alice, recorded as being the daughter of a 'hotel-keeper'. From my publicans page.
1880-1883 ownerMr Gregor; tenants:
1880 Cowan (ladies school) house and school
1881 Geo Spencer Compton (clerk-magistrate) dwelling house etc.
1882 GS Compton, dwelling house lots 56 1/3 and 57
1883 Sandover and Mayhew (merchants) business premises and offices lots 56 1/3 and 57
1884-5 owner WE Marmion; tenant:
1884 HR Alvarenga (cook) dwelling house and warehouse lots 56 1/3 and 57
1885 HR Alvarenga [crossed out] (eating house, private hotel) coffee palace and outbuildings
1886-1897 owner Wm Edward Marmion and Robert Sholl; tenant:
1886 Marmion and Sholl (house pro.) coffee palace and outbuildings
1887-1897 Fremantle Club
1898-1912 owner Fremantle Club
1913-6 owner AMP Society; tenant:
1913 none (dwelling)
1914-6 Workers Social and Leisure Club (Club premises)
1916-1981 owner Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Hour Club Inc.; tenant:
1916-7 Workers Social and Leisure Hour Club (Club premises No. 19)
1919-20 Workers Social and Leisure Hour Club (Club premises No. 19)
1930-1 Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Hour Club Alfred Joseph Gregg (Club premises No. 19)
1940-1 Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Hour Club (Club premises No. 1 Henry St)
1950-2 Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Hour Club John Bowe (Club No. 1 Henry St)
1980-1 Fremantle Workers Social Club (No. 1 Henry St)
(Typed record inLHC Folder 367, copied from the ratebooks)
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.
Williams, A.E. 1984, Nedlands: From Campsite to City, City of Nedlands.
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