Newmarket Hotel


City of Cockburn

Place Number

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1 Rockingham Rd Hamilton Hill

Location Details

Cnr Cockburn Rd. Lot 3.

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1912

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 21 Jul 2011
State Register Registered 07 Sep 2006 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Statewide Hotel Survey Completed 01 Nov 1997

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 10 Apr 2014 Category A

Category A

Exceptional significance Essential to the heritage of the locality. Rare or outstanding example. The place should be retained and conserved unless there is no feasible and prudent alternative to doing otherwise. Any alterations or extensions should be sympathetic to the heritage values of the place and in accordance with a Conservation Plan (if one exists for the place).

Statement of Significance

Newmarket Hotel is a landmark as an imposing two-storey building located on a prominent corner site and featuring a distinctive parapeted form that is truncated at the corner.
Newmarket Hotel is associated with the horse racing industry – which thrived in the area from the early 1900s to the 1970s – as a consequence of being near South Beach Horse Exercise Area.
Newmarket Hotel is associated with the expansion of industry and agriculture south of Fremantle from the late nineteenth century, in particular the horse racing industry which thrived in the area from the 1900s to the 1970s.
Newmarket Hotel was run from 1945 to 1949 by George Russell Thompson, a professional boxer from 1922 to 1930 who was the Australian heavyweight boxing champion.

Physical Description

Newmarket Hotel is a two-storey building situated on a very busy intersection. The Hotel is built from coursed rough faced limestone. The walls also feature brick quoins and the roof is screened by a parapet wall. A verandah at the top storey level extends along three sides of the building. The original verandah had timber posts, balustrades and lattice work which were removed at some stage. The verandah has a separate corrugated iron roof and now has metal supporting posts. It represents one of many two-storey corner pubs built in Western Australia around the turn of the century.


Newmarket Hotel was the second hotel built in the area and it is the only one to continue operating under the original licence. From the early days until the 1960s there was a drinking trough for horses on the western side of the hotel, on the eastern side of Cockburn Road. In early times market gardeners from South Coogee and Spearwood and stockmen from Robbs Jetty and the Anchorage frequented the hotel. They would stop and water their horses and refresh themselves. Racehorse owners and trainers were among the many customers of the Newmarket. The hotel was a starting place for many bicycle races which were popular before the advent of the motor car.
In November 2008, it was announced that the hotel was to be restored to its former glory by Fremantle lawyer, Paul Maston.


AUTHENTICITY: High: changes to external fabric include painting of the brick quoining and rendered ashlar effect to the limestone on the street elevation. Timber posts, valance and balustrading to verandah have been replaced with metal. The section at the southern end of Cockburn Street appears to be a later addition.


Fair to good


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
National Trust WA Assessment Documentation National Trust WA
HCWA assessment for Newmarket Hotel State Heritage Office

Other Keywords

Fair to good: evidence of deterioration includes broken glazing to the sash windows and leadlight. The reclad roof appears to be in good condition. Gutters and downpipes are generally in a poor condition. The masonry to the street elevations is generally in a good condition and the parapet appears to have been repainted recently. The joinery is generally in a fair to good condition. The timber elements to the verandah are in a fair condition.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
10036 The changing Cockburn Coast. Appendices - European Heritage Electronic 2008
8913 The Newmarket Hotel. Rockingham Road, Hamilton Hill. Photographic record. Heritage Study {Other} 2008

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 Filigree

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof ASBESTOS Fibrous Cement, corrugated
Wall BRICK Pointed Brick

Historic Themes

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

Creation Date

29 Jul 1988

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

14 Sep 2021


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