Adelaide’s Windsor Castle Hotel traded for over a century at Victoria Square

Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia 1893
Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia 1893. Picture: Supplied

THE Windsor Castle Hotel was established by Thomas Chalk Snr on land he secured at the corner of Franklin Street and Victoria square, Adelaide in 1850.

Chalk named his pub the Windsor Castle Hotel, for which he obtained a licence in September 1850.

Chalk was a doctor’s assistant on one of the East India Company’s clippers before immigrating to Australia with his wife and child by the ship Trusty, which left London on December 6, 1837, and reached Port Adelaide on May 15, 1838.

After the Victorian gold diggings broke out, he took his teenage son, Thomas Jnr to Forest Creek, leaving his wife in charge of the pub.

While on the goldfields, Chalk Snr died in 1852 and young Tom Chalk returned to Adelaide to assist his mother in running the pub. His mother conducted the Windsor Castle until 1855, when she sold the property to John Baker.

Although rebuilt and added to over the following decades, the Windsor Castle would trade from the corner for 104 years before its demolition and replacement with an office tower in 1954.

Drinks on House

windsor castle hotel adelaide last day
BRETON BOEHM, 22 (left) and Ern Edwards, 68, have a final drink at the 103-years-old Windsor Castle Hotel, Victoria Square, Adelaide, on its last day of trading. One hundred and thirty-six gallons of beer were drunk between 5 and 6 p.m. when drinks were “on the house” to mark the occasion. The hotel will be demolished to make way for a multi-story building for the Mutual Life and Citizens’ Assurance Co. Ltd. – Barrier Miner, Saturday 10 July 1954.
Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide, just before demolition in 1949
Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide, just before demolition in 1949. Picture: Supplied

In Adelaide on Monday evening Mr. C. Kerrison (licencee of the Windsor Castle  Hotel, Adelaide), left his six cylinder Chandler motor car, worth £1,000, standing in front of his hotel, and a few minutes afterwards he saw it disappearing. The car was afterwards discovered abandoned in one of the suburbs.

– The Narracoorte Herald (SA) Friday 13 May 1921

Coach outside Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide C1900
Coach outside Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide C1900. Picture: Supplied
Windsor Castle Hotel under demolition. Picture: Adelaide Chronicle, September 23, 1954

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  1. Who do I apply to, to reuse the photos of the Windsor Castle Hotel, Adelaide. I’m writing my family history & want to include a photo; it would be cited/attributed. thanks

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