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Below: Early hotels by date.
Hotel names sorted out.
A vain attempt to list some current water-holes.

See also: publicans.html [[../buildings/breweries.html|breweries]], publicans, hotels elsewhere.

Fremantle Hotels















[[hismajestys.html|His Majesty's]]


[[leftbank.html|File:Freotopia hotels img leftbank.jpgLeft Bank]]

[[lodges.html|Lodge's Castle]]


[[newcastle.html|Newcastle Club]]



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[[racehorse.html|Race Horse]]




[[roseandcrown.html|Rose & Crown]]


[[royalgeorge.html|File:Freotopia hotels img royal.jpgRoyal George]]


[[stagshead.html|Stag's Head]]





Early hotels in order by opening date

The hotels in the list that follows are in [[../people/grahamallen.html|Allen Graham]]'s numerical order, by opening date.

'The first four premises in Fremantle to be licensed, on 1 January 1830, after the licensing court sat for the first time were: the Stirling Arms, Collins' (Commercial) Hotel, the South Sea Hall Public House, the George IV Public House.' ([[../books/tuckfield.html|Tuckfield]])
'By May 1831 there were five public houses. The Stirling Arms at the corner of High and Pakenham, the South Seas (its High Street neighbour), the Albion [Inn] in Pakenham Street, (Collins') Commercial and the King George IV.' ([[../fhs/fs/9/Errington.html|Errington]])

1. The Stirling Arms ([[../people/thomsonrobert.html|Robert Thomson]], licensee, 1 January 1830) was on Lot [[../lots/105.html|105]], on the NW corner of High and Pakenham Streets, next to Steele's Lot 81 (see 3.). The 1910 Bank of Adelaide is now on that corner, with the [[../clubs/navy.html|Navy Club]] above.

2. South Sea Hall Public House ([[../people/steelewilliamrolfe.html|William Rolfe Steele]], licensee, 1 January 1830), later the Royal Hotel, was on Lots 80 and [[../lots/81.html|81]], on the NE corner of Henry and High Streets, where the [[../buildings/marich.html|Marich]] Building currently stands.

3. George IV Public House ([[../people/dixonwilliam.html|William Dixon]], licensee, 1 January 1830) was on [[../lots/6.html|Lot 6]], the SW corner of High and Cliff Streets, where [[../buildings/samsonwfhouse.html|W.F. Samson's house]] stood c. 1855 - c. 1955. The site is owned by NDU and is vacant in 2023. The university had plans - which were disallowed - for a five-storey building on it.

4. Collins' Hotel 1829-1857 ([[../people/collinsrobert.html|Robert Collins]], licensee, 1 January 1830) later the Commercial Hotel and then the Waterman's Arms, was at Lot [[../lots/41.html|41]] in Mouat St, where the [[../buildings/steamship.html|Adelaide Steamship Company building]] (1900) now stands at no. 12.

5. [[../people/jamesrichard.html|Richard James]]'s Hotel, later [[../hotels/tranby.html|Tranby House]], licensed July 1830, was on Lot 130, in the middle of the south side of Short Street. James arrived on the [[../ships/orelia.html|Orelia]], 12 October 1829.

[[../people/lukin.html|'Lionel Lukin]] received in July 1830 a licence (retail) for his farm, Lilburn, across the Swan at North Fremantle, where he had established a solid house and a large garden. It is not known whether he had a store of some kind or whether he used his house as an inn. Like many others, he was heard of no more in this respect.' [[../books/tuckfield.html|Tuckfield]] 1971: 68.
'The success of this venture encouraged Lukin to open an inn at Lilburn, at the North Fremantle terminus of both his upriver ferry and Duffield’s cross-river service. In 1837, when he put Lilburn up for lease, it boasted a substantial dwelling house, outoffices, a garden and paddock enclosed with a low stone wall.' Cooper & McDonald 1989: 30.

6. The Albion Inn (or Hostelry) was a house at [[../lots/117.html|Lot 117]] [[../westend/pakenham.html|Pakenham Street]] (third lot from the southern end on the western side) established by [[../people/smithers.html|William Heares Smithers]] in 1831 and until 1834 when it was offered by sale. It was run by [[../people/duffield.html|John Hole Duffield]], conjecturally, from 1839 to 1844, though in 1841 it was on the adjoining Lot 93 in Henry Street – possibly in the same building, or group of buildings. Errington has this in existence in 1831: Steve Errington 2017, [[../fhs/fs/9/Errington.html|'Fremantle 1829-1832: an illustrated history']], Fremantle Studies, 9: 15-29.
(It is not to be confused with the Albion Hotel run by Mrs Alice Bullen on the Perth-Fremantle road from around 1870 - on or near the site where the present-day Albion Hotel still stands.)

7. The Australian Inn was on Lot 77, in the middle of the eastern side of Henry St, roughly where the [[../schools/lanceholt.html|Lance Holt School]] now is. Under the management of William [[../people/keats.html|Keats]] and his wife Ann, it was noted as existing in 1831, though by 1832 Keats had moved on to another venture.
'Although the Perth Gazette of 1835 said the old Australian Inn was for sale, that is absolutely all I have ever seen of this hotel. I think it may have been on lot 77 and that is in Henry Street.' [[../books/tuckfield.html|Tuckfield]]: 101.

8. The Swan Inn was on Lot 294 on the river side of Cantonment Road (Tuckfield, who calls it the Black Swan Inn) incorrectly has Street). According to Bruce Bott, [[../people/bateman.html|John Bateman]] was successful in an application in October 1830 (Graham has 'early 1831') for a licence for an inn between Cantonment and Beach Streets, possibly about where the Officeworks carpark now is. Bott writes that he operated the inn with [[../people/curtisanthony.html|Anthony Curtis]], but that it was not successful. Curtis, a former RN sailor, moved on to the Stag's Head. ([[../books/tuckfield.html|Tuckfield]]: 79) Bateman and Curtis had arrived on the [[../ships/medina.html|Medina]] 6 July 1830. Graham has 'early 1831' for the opening date of the Swan.

The Star and Garter was apparently kept during 1832 (only?) by [[../people/lloydjames.html|James Lloyd]] who arrived at the end of 1831 and selected land at Toodyay in 1832. Location unknown. There was another hotel by that name in Goderich Street Perth, in 1887.

9. The Union Hotel was on Lot 128, on the southern corner of [[../streets/short.html|Short]] and [[../streets/market.html|Market]] Streets. It was apparently mentioned in an 1833 advertisement (Perth Gazette, August 3). Lot 128 had been granted to William [[../people/keats.html|Keats]], and is was he who opened the hotel in 1832 or before. [[../people/dixonwilliam.html|William Dixon]] took it over in July 1832 and was still the licensee in 1834.

10. The Plough Hotel was on Lot 125, three lots from the corner of Leake and Market Streets in 1833. John (or Joseph) [[../people/cooperjohn.html|Cooper]] was the licensee 1833-1835, when he closed the hotel to become a farmer on the Murray. It was followed on the site by the [[../cinemas/princess.html|Princess]] Theatre (cinema) which extended from the Market Street corner westward along Leake St - towards what was to become the Pearlers/Terminus Hotel (extant).

11. The King's Arms was on Lot 79, which is three lots from the NE corner of High and Henry Streets, roughly where there is now an empty building used for private parking - which may be developed as part of the [[../buildings/marich.html|Marich Building]] development. Tuckfield writes that it was opened by Mr and Mrs Keats, formerly of the Union Hotel (see 9.)

12. The Stag's Head Hotel was on Lot 106, which was on the SW corner of Pakenham and High Streets. It was opened in December 1833 (Graham has January 1834) by Antony Curtis (formerly of the Swan Inn (v. supra) and was extant in 1844. The building now on the corner is known as the [[../buildings/ajax.html|Ajax Building]].

13. Mrs Pace's hotel, on Lot 45 High Street, on the corner of Mouat Street was established in 1835. When [[../people/franciso.html|Alexander Francisco]] leased it from her, he called it the Crown and Thistle. When he left to open a new Crown and Thistle on Lot 61 High Street on the corner of Henry Street, it was simply Mrs Pace's hotel again until it was leased to Mrs Scott and called the Victoria Hotel c. 1870, The extant P&O Hotel was built on the same site, Lots 45 and 46, in 1896-1901. Mrs Elizabeth Pace was the wife of Captain [[../people/pace.html|Walter Pace]].

[[../people/gresswelljohn.html|John Gresswell]] is mentioned in the [[../books/erickson.html|Dictionary of West Australians]] as opening the Vauxhall Tavern in Fremantle in 1840. Gresswell was granted [[../lots/57.html|Lot 57]] in Henry Street—but the Vauxhall Tavern was near the channel dug through the Point Walter spit.

The Hope is mentioned in the Perth Gazette 23 January 1836 as being in existence then, licensee [[../people/lloydjames.html|James Lloyd]]. Location unknown.

14. The Globe Hotel was on Lot 93 according to earlier research by Allen Graham. In his later published book, 2023, he writes that it may have been identical with the Albion Inn. Lot 93 is near the southern end of [[../westend/henry.html|Henry Street]], and backs onto Lot 117 in Pakenham Street, and it seems likely, as Graham now suggests, that the Globe and the Albion were the same building or group of them. The 1837 Albion was on Lot 117 but the 1841 Albion was on Lot 93.

15. The 1841 Albion Inn. See 6 and 14 above.

16. The Crown & Thistle was also known (in 1851) as Wellard's Hotel, and later was rebuilt as the Cleopatra Hotel (and is extant). It is on part of [[../lots/61.html|Lot 61]], near the NW corner of Henry and High Streets.

17. The Southern Cross Hotel, 1849, John Thomas licensee, later Albert Hotel, [[../people/seubert.html|Seubert]]'s hotel, Exchange Hotel, Commercial Hotel (extant building since c. 1908), now called Sun Dancer Resort Backpackers, Lot 411, 80 High Street.

18. Commercial. The first name for the hotel on the site of the Orient (no. 19). Also the second name of Richard Collins's hotel (no. 4). And finally the last name of the hotel on the site of Seubert's Albert Hotel, before it ceased trading as a hotel (no. 17).

19. [[../people/caesar.html|Frederick Caesar]]'s Emerald Isle Hotel, formerly the Commercial, later Moloney's Hotel, the Club Hotel, and now the Orient Hotel (extant) was and is on [[../lots/62.html|Lot 62]], on the SW corner of Henry and High Streets.

20. The Race Horse Inn was on [[../lots/125.html|Lot 125]], [[../streets/leake.html|Leake Street]], from January 1853. The same building was later the Plough Hotel. The [[../cinemas/princess.html|Princess Theatre]] cinema was later on the same site.

21. The Castle, later Lodge's Hotel, later [[../clubs/fremantleclub1.html|Fremantle Club]], later [[../clubs/workers.html|Workers Club]] (from 1914), demolished by that Club in 1956, Lot 56, roughly 1 Henry Street, now an NDU carpark. Possibly the first three-storey building in the state.

22. Rose & Crown, (1938, demolished 1972), previously a house, later a school, after demolition the site of the [[../cinemas/oriana.html|Oriana Cinema]] Lot 386, Queen Street corner of High Street (next to the [[../buildings/victoriahall.html|Victoria Hall]]).

23. Mrs Spencer's hotel, [[../lots/418.html|Lot 418]], High Street, from January 1855 to 1856.

24. Freemasons (1903, extant) later Sail & Anchor (from 1986).

25. The Pier Hotel (May 1873-1955) Lots 25 and 26, Cliff Street, corner of Croke Street.

26. Port Hotel, Lot 384, High Street, shown on an 1885 map in the middle of the south side of what is now the High Street Mall. This was a boarding house run by William Stone, not licensed to sell liquor.

27. [[../people/seubert.html|Seubert]]'s private hotel (or boarding-house), [[../lots/5.html|Lot 5]], cnr Cliff and High Streets, from May 1873 – built for Daniel Scott as his residence.

28. The Star Hotel (1887) Lot 182, 5 Essex St, from October 1878. Extant? as Pirate Backpackers at what is now 11 Essex St?

29. The Stanley Beer House, later the Duke of York Hotel, Lot 434, Bannister Street, from May 1873. The Hougoumont is now on the site.

30. The Welsh Harp, later Collie Hotel, later Oceanic Hotel (which is extant as dwellings), Lot 451, Collie Street, corner Pakenham Street.

31. His Lordship's Larder, later His Majesty's Hotel (extant), Lot 39, Mouat Street, corner of Phillimore Street, from October 1886.

32. The National Hotel (extant), Lot 415, corner High and Market Streets, from 1886.

33. The Oddfellows Hotel, now Norfolk Hotel (but only half of it is extant), Lot 167, corner of Norfolk Street and South Terrace, from April 1887

34. The Federal Hotel (briefly called Rosie O'Grady's), Lot 378, 23-25 William Street, from July 1887.

35. The Pearlers Hotel, later Terminus Hotel (extant), Lot 120, 18 Pakenham Street, corner of Leake Street, from July 1887.

36. Richmond aka Bridge, Lot 286 Cantonment Road, from April 1888, licensee [[../people/caesar.html|Frederick Caesar]].

The Swan Hotel was on Lot 294, from 1888, and the 1923 building is extant, at what is now 201 Queen Victoria St, on the corner with Swan Street.

37. The Park Hotel, Lot 573, 9 Parry Street, cnr Ellen Street, from January 1894, now St Patrick's housing.

The Railway Hotel, Pensioner Road then John Road (now Tydeman Road), corner Delisle Street, from 1894, licensee William Waldock, formerly his Railway Coffee Palace.

38. The Esplanade Hotel, Lot 150, from October 1895, formerly corner of Collie Street, now extends from Collie Street to Essex Street, 46-54 Marine Terrace. See also the unrelated Esplanade Hotel Perth.

The (first) Rose Hotel traded at 69 John Street North Fremantle from about 1896, though the building may have existed since the 1870s. It was demolished in 1978 and even the street it was in no longer exists as it is now the Tydeman Road truck route.

40. The Australia Hotel, from 1 October 1898, Lot 258, 2 Beach Street, formerly corner of Edward, now Parry Street.

41. The Fremantle Hotel (1899) part of Lot 18, 6 High Street, corner of Cliff Street.

42. The Newcastle Club Hotel, now Newport (since 1986), Lot 228, 2 South Terrace, corner of Market Street. In 2022, the Flight Club.

According to Williams, [[../people/masonfrederick.html|Frederick Mason]] owned the Queens Hotel which was in Swan Street North Fremantle (now part of the container port area).

Imperial Restaurant. In 1897 [[../people/daviesarthure|Arthur E. Davies]] constructed a shop and dwelling at 14 South Terrace. In 1907 it had become the Imperial Restaurant, and in 1910 it was the largest lodging-house in the Fremantle area. It was a hotel in that sense, tho it never had a liquor licence.

Hotels, bars, taverns, cafes currently (or recently) trading (or proposed) in the Freo area

NOT UP TO DATE. No-one could keep up with the rate at which Freo watering-holes come and go.

Adina Hotel complex was proposed for the Coles 'Woolstores' site, Elder Place. At the end of 2022 it seems it was withdrawn. The block is now proposed to be dwellings with commerce, including a Coles store, on the groundfloor. Much like it was before it was demolished.

Ballers Sports Bar, 25 Collie Street, 'Ivy-League-experience'.

Bannister 22, 22 Bannister Street. Bannister 22 Hotel's location previously housed the business Quality Suites Fremantle. Quality Suites Fremantle closed at the end of March 2020. Bannister 22 Hotel is managed by the Hougoumont Hotel since 26 July 2021. The former General Manager of Quality Suites Fremantle, Marco Batacchi, is now managing this also.

Bar Orient. Orient Hotel.

Bathers Beach House.

Beerporium, [[../buildings/evandavies.html|Literary Institute]] (Dome/Evans Davies building), South Terrace.

Benny's bar and cafe, 10-12 South Terrace.

[[../clubs/buffalo.html|Buffalo Club]].

Calamity's Rod is a brewery/bar built on the carpark of the Hougoumont Hotel, Bannister Street, site of the (second) [[../clubs/fremantleclub2.html|Fremantle Club]] (and other buildings before that). The name comes from a poem by [[../people/oreilly.html|John Boyle O'Reilly]], referring to the fact that the Hougoumont, the last convict ship, brought a group of Fenians.

Captain Fremantle Motor Lodge (which later traded as Sunny's Shining on the Swan) was on the corner of East Street and Riverside Road, operating 1970-1984, but has now been replaced by a condo.

Chesterfield Inn, East Rockingham.

Darling Darling bar, [[../buildings/sadlier.html|Sadlier]] building, 36 Henry Street.

In 2022, the [[../buildings/dingobrewing.html|Dingo Brewing Co]] is proposed to be established in a new building at 47 [[../westend/pakenham.html|Pakenham Street]].

Emily Taylor is a bar which is part of the hotel in the [[../buildings/warderscottages.html|Warders Cottages]], [[../streets/henderson.html|Henderson Street]] - now known as Warders Hotel.

Fiddler's Cottages. An application was made in 1892 for a hotel license for these premises in Point Street. It was unsuccessful.

Fremantle Doctor Restaurant and Bar, Walyalup Koort?

Freo.Social, in the artillery drill hall, Parry Street Fremantle, formerly the home of the Fly By Night Musicians Club.

Henderson Hotel. An Andrew Forrest company, Tattarang, has proposed a new hotel, which I'm temporarily called the 'Henderson' Hotel, for the corner of Henderson and William Streets on which is often called the 'Spicer' site, tho the Spicer building was not on the corner, and there were earlier buildings there.

Hilton One-Tree Hotel was proposed for the Point, Adelaide, Cantonment Streets site in 2014, when the existing buildings were demolished (including Fremantle's only art-house cinema. Only in July 2022 has the proposal finally been withdrawn, and the land sold to another group.

Holy Smokes, Collie Street.

HonkyTonk Freo, in the former Wyola Club.

Jetty, at '126 Beach Street', is a large corrugated-iron shed, about as non-beautiful as a building can be. It's on the former East Fremantle Rottnest ferry terminal jetty, and provides yet another place to get drunk, only redeemed by its situation - actually (partly) over the river.

Jungle Bird, 59 High Street Fremantle, rum and coffee.

Kahuna Brewing Co, 33 South Terrace, formerly Miss Maud's, (New) Papa Luigi's, The Monk Brew Cafe (ceased trading 2020).

Kings Beer Garden, Walyalup Koort.

Little Creatures Brewery, Mews Road Fremantle, and the Brewhouse, formerly Lombardo's.

[[../clubs/navy.html|Navy Club]].

Newmarket Hotel, 2 Cockburn Rd, now a ballet school, was also Edz Sportz Bar.

Next Door, next door to Vin Populi.

Nieuw Ruin, 12 Norfolk Street.

Ode to Sirens, in the P&O Hotel, High Street.

Old Courthouse starting trading 22 December 2021 in the 1899 fairly old (fourth) [[../courthouses/index.html|courthouse]] at 45 [[../streets/henderson.html|Henderson Street]], redesigned by Murray Slavin.

Pier 21 Apartment Hotel, 7/9 John Street, North Fremantle.

Port Mill B&B, 3/17 Essex Street.

Quest Apartment Hotel, Pakenham Street, corner of Short Street, site of the [[../buildings/lysaght.html|Lysaght building]] and, before that, [[../buildings/manninghall.html|Manning Hall]].

Quality Suites. See Bannister 22.

[[../buildings/republic.html|Republic of Fremantle]], gin and brandy distillery and tavern, 3 [[../westend/pakenham.html|Pakenham Street]], December 2020.

Ronnie Nights, 75-77 Market Street, bar and kitchen.

Rose Hotel (the second), Perth Road (76 Stirling Highway).

Royal George Tavern, Canning Hwy, East Fremantle, now gone - unregretted - after a short existence, in favour of the 'Richmond Quarter' condo.

Running with Thieves, micro-brewery and gin and vodka distillery in South Fremantle, 2020.

Strange Company, 5 Nairn Street Fremantle.

Street Foods bar?

Suffolk Hotel, South Terrace, un-named hotel planned for cnr Suffolk Street/South Terrace by the Yolk Property Group.

[[../buildings/synagogue.html|Synagogue]], South Terrace Fremantle: website.

Varsity Freo, 11 Newman Court (FOMO)

Warders Hotel, in the former [[../buildings/warderscottages.html|Warders Cottages]] on the south side of [[../streets/henderson.html|Henderson Street]].

Willagee Hotel was on the corner of Stock Road and Leach Highway; a shopping centre is now on the site.

AKA. For ...

Albert, Exchange, Southern Cross, Sundancers, Thomas's, see: Commercial.
Bridge, see: Richmond.
Bruce Town, see: Gresham.
Collie Hotel, see: Oceanic.
For Commercial, see also: Albert, Exchange, Southern Cross, Sundancers, Thomas's, Orient.
Crown and Thistle (the second of that name, both kept by Alexander Francisco) West End Hotel, Auld Mug, Wellard's Hotel, see: Crown & Thistle/Cleopatra.
Commercial, Club, Emerald Isle, Moloney's, see: Orient.
Duke of York, Stanley Beer House aka Stanley Hotel, Bannister Suites, see: Hougoumont.
Federal Coffee Palace, see: [[../schools/lanceholt.html|Lance Holt School]].
His Lordship's Larder, see: His Majesty's.
The Local, see: Seaview.
Moondyne Joe's, see: Beaconsfield.
Mrs Pace's, see: Crown and Thistle/Victoria Hotel/P&O. (Of the two establishments called Crown and Thistle, both kept by Alexander Francisco, this was the first)
Norfolk, see: Oddfellows.
For Orient, see also: Commercial, Club, Emerald Isle, Moloney's.
Newport, see: Newcastle Club.
Pearlers, see: Terminus.
Phoenix Brewery, see also: Castlemaine Brewery.
Sail and Anchor, see: Freemasons.
South Beach, see: Davilak.
Sundowner, see: Brighton.
Swan Inn, see: Black Swan Inn
Tradewinds, see: Plympton.
Port City Pirate, see: Star.
Welsh Harp Hotel, see: Oceanic.

References and Links

See also: Licensees 1888, 1892, September 1893, December 1893, 1894, 1897.

Bott, Bruce 2001, [[../fhs/fs/2/Bott.html|'Some of John Bateman's houses in and around Fremantle']], Fremantle Studies, 2: 17-35. His endnote refers to Tuckfield 1971: 78.

Cooper, W.S. [William] & G. [Gil] McDonald 1989, A City for All Seasons: The Story of Melville, City of Melville.

Dowson, John 2003, Old Fremantle: Photographs 1850-1950, UWAP.

Errington, Steve 2017, [[../fhs/fs/9/Errington.html|'Fremantle 1829-1832: an illustrated history']], Fremantle Studies, 9: 15-29. Errington's endnotes also, like Bott's, refers to Tuckfield's 1971 paper, but add the second part also, from 1975: 7, 7, 98.

Ewers, John K. 1971, The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, Fremantle City Council, with UWAP, rev. ed. [1st ed. 1948].

[[../people/grahamallen.html|Graham]], Allen 2018, pubs of wa, Facebook page.

[[../people/grahamallen.html|Graham]], Allen 2023, Inns and Outs of Fremantle: a Social History of Fremantle and its Hotels 1829-1856, XLibris.

Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, [[../hitchcock.html|The History of Fremantle]], The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

Hutchison, David 2006, [[../fremantlewalks/index.html|Fremantle Walks]].

Tuckfield, Trevor 1971, [[../books/tuckfield.html|'Early colonial taverns and inns]]' (Part 1), Early Days, vol. 7, part 3: 65-82; 1975 (Part 2), Early Days, vol. 7, part 7: 98-106.

Fremantle Library, database (PDF from an Excel file) of Hotels in Fremantle 1829-.


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