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Hotel Fremantle & Residence (at rear)


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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6 High St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1899

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 27 Oct 2017

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Classified 28 Oct 1974

Heritage Council
Statewide Hotel Survey Completed 01 Nov 1997

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Oct 1980

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 14 Oct 2000 Level 1B

Level 1B

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is required. It is recommended that this place be considered for entry in the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places.

Statement of Significance

The place is historically significant as hotel representing the development of Fremantle’s Old Port City from the gold boom period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The place is significant because, when viewed from the street, it is a substantially intact example of a federation period commercial building which contributes to the very significant Old Port City of Fremantle. The place is a significant landmark in the Old Port City of Fremantle. The Fremantle Hotel is significant for its architecture and construction methods; use pf brick with stone facing. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust.

Physical Description

A three storey stone and rendered masonry hotel, with the name 'Hotel Fremantle' in stucco relief across the truncated corner. On the truncation above, there is a concave metal-shingled portion (probably remains of a turret) that adjoins the low parapet wall with three small decorative pediments. There are five pairs of glazed doorways, with the main entrance on the south side featuring hotel name in frosted glass (probably not original). The ground floor and second floor windows are timber double hung sash and the first floor feature arched double hung sash with four columns on the west side.


High Street was named by Surveyor General Roe - as was customary in English towns, the main street of the town was named High Street. Eastward from William Street the roadway was completed by convict labour after the Town Hall was built in 1887. High Street around the Town Hall closed to traffic in 1966. The High Street Mall was trialled in November 1973 and made a permanent pedestrian mall in 1975.
In 1885 a new house was built on the site replacing an earlier house and shop for Mr W. D. Moore. The house remained his property until it was sold to Mr W. de Lacy Bacon in 1897. The hotel was built in 1899, designed by Wilkinson & Smith. The hotel was purchased by E. S. Barker and A. McNeil in 1902-03. This was a three storey residential hotel with stables, rooms, bar, billiard rooms, sitting rooms, cellars etc. Part of the Moore house was incorporated into the hotel, serving as its kitchen wing. The hotel is reported to have been set up as a hospital and operating theatres during WWII.
In 2002 it was Hotel Fremantle. It was subsequently purchased by Notre Dame University, and is no longer a hotel open to the public. Archaeological investigations were undertaken during approx. 2006 and the building was painted externally.




Name Type Year From Year To
Wilkinson and Smith Architect - -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7467 Fremantle : beyond the Round House. Book 2005
7902 Fremantle walks. Book 2006

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn
Present Use COMMERCIAL Hotel, Tavern or Inn

Architectural Styles

Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Other Stone
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Pressed Metal

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment
OCCUPATIONS Hospitality industry & tourism

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

26 Feb 2020


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