Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thames (NZ) Hotels update

A review of the information on Thames Hotels has been completed, with the discovery of yet more hotels!! The licensing committee minutes that were published in the newspapers make interesting reading, with many applications refused.  Obviously everyone wanted to own a hotel, the gold was gone in many cases - so a career in the hotel business possibly seemed a great alternative!

At The Treasury are 2 new folders devoted to hotel/publican news via the Licensing Committee meeting reports that appeared in the 'Daily Southern Cross' and 'Evening/Thames Star' Newspapers. These have been indexed and cover hotels all over the peninsula, not just Thames.

To accompany this new folders are being established that have an updated summary for each hotel (too many pages to go online), and a space where future articles/news about the hotels can be filed.
Do you have any family connection to a Hotel in Thames? - if so I would love to hear from you. Particularly from the 1920 period to present day, so that publicans names can be added. Any photos? Please let me know or leave at The Treasury, Thames.

Here is the latest list of hotels for Thames, New Zealand:

Adlam Hotel, Albion Hotel (Albion Inn), Albion Inn (see Albion Hotel)
Alexandra Hotel, All Nations Hotel, Alpine Hotel
Anchor Hotel, Ancient Briton Hotel, Atkinsons Hotel (See also Stafford Hotel)
Ballarat Hotel, Bay View Hotel, Bendigo Hotel
Blackforest Hotel, Blue Post Hotel, Brian Boroi-nme Hotel
Brian Boru Hotel, Bridge Inn Hotel, Britannia Hotel
British Hotel aka British Empire Hotel,  British Empire Hotel (see British Hotel)
Browns Family Hotel, Camden Hotel, City Arms Hotel
City of Glasgow Hotel, City of Lisburn (see Lisburn Hotel), Claremont Hotel
Clarendon Hotel, Coach and Horses Hotel, Columbia Hotel
Commercial Hotel, Commodore Hotel (aka Old Commodore Hotel)
Cornwall Arms Hotel, Courthouse Hotel (The Court Hotel), Criterion Hotel
Crown Hotel (Queen St), Crown Hotel (Grey St), Diggers Rest Hotel (Karaka Rd)
Diggers Rest Hotel (Tararu Rd), Donegal Arms Hotel, Duke of Edinburgh Hotel
Empire Hotel, European Hotel, Excelsior Hotel, Exchange Hotel
Fountain Hotel, George Hotel, Glasgow Arms Hotel (Pollen St), Glasgow Arms Hotel (Tararu Rd)
Globe Hotel, Golden Age Hotel, Golden Fleece Hotel, Governor Bowen Hotel
Governor Ferguson Hotel, Graham Hotel, Grahamstown Hotel, Grand Junction Hotel
Griffin’s Shamrock Hotel (See also Shamrock Hotel), Halfway House Hotel
Hape Creek Hotel (see Hape Hotel), Hape Hotel aka Hape Creek Hotel, Harbour View Hotel
Harp of Erin Hotel, Harp and Shamrock Hotel, Hazelbank Hotel, Hibernia Hotel
Hope Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Imperial Crown Hotel, Jetty Hotel, Junction Hotel (Pollen St)
Junction Hotel (Tararu Rd), Karaka Hotel, Kauaeranga Hotel, Kuranui Hotel
Lady Bowen Hotel (see also Park Hotel & Wharf Hotel), Lisburn Hotel aka City of Lisburn
Liverpool & Belfast Hotel, London Hotel, Long Drive Hotel
Marine & Family Hotel aka Marine Family Hotel (see Stephensons), Melbourne Hotel
Metropolitan Hotel, Miners Rest Hotel, Moanataiari Hotel, Munster Hotel
Navy and Military Hotel, New Caledonia Hotel, Newton Hotel, Nil Desperandum Hotel
Northumberland Hotel, Occidental Hotel, Old Commodore Hotel (see Commodore Hotel)
Old House at Home Hotel, Pacific Hotel, Park Hotel (see also Lady Bowen Hotel & Wharf Hotel)
Pembroke Hotel, Pembroke Hotel, Prince Albert Hotel, Prince Alfred Hotel
Prince Arthur Hotel, Prince Imperial Hotel, Provincial Hotel, Punga Flat Hotel
Queens Hotel, Railway Terminus Hotel, Rainbow Hotel, Reef Hotel (Karaka Flat)
Reefers Arms Hotel, Rising Sun Hotel, Rob Roy Hotel, Rose and Crown Hotel
Royal Hotel (Pollen St), Royal Hotel (Williamson St) (See: Theatre Royal Hotel)
Royal Hotel (Tararu Rd), Royal Oak Hotel, Salutation Hotel, Saracens Head Hotel
Scotia Hotel, Shakespeare Hotel, Shamrock Hotel (see also Griffins Shamrock Hotel)
Shellback Hotel, Shortland Hotel & American Theatre, Shotover Hotel
Sir George Bowen Hotel, Stafford Hotel (See also Atkinsons Hotel), Star Hotel
Steam Packet Hotel, Stephenson’s Marine Hotel, Tararu Hotel
Tararu Wharf Hotel, Temperance Hotel, Thames Hotel, Theatre Royal & Cafe (Later Royal Hotel)
Una Company Hotel (see Una Hotel), Una Hotel Hotel aka Una Company Hotel
Union Hotel, Victoria Hotel, Waiotahi Hotel, Warwick Arms Hotel, Waterman’s Arms Hotel
Wharf Hotel (aka Park Hotel & Lady Bowen Hotel),  Willoughby Hotel

The Crown Hotel in Queen Street, Grahamstown c1870s
(Near top of pic, just right of centre, white, tallest building - click to enlarge)
The CROWN HOTEL (pictured above) opened c1868 and closed probably around 1878, when the property was put up for auction and sold for 75 Pounds.  Early publicans were: David Barty: Licence 30/6/1869 (License to 10 o'clock); John Harris: 1869-1872; J Cook: Years include 1873.