THE Great Western Coffee Palace was designed by Sydney City Architect and built at the corner of Hay Street and Sussex Street, Haymarket in 1914 by the Sydney City Council as a ‘ temperance hotel’.
It was located on land resumed for slum clearance. The Great Western Coffee Palace was licensed to sell liquor in 1916, and was known as the Hotel Burlington.
The hotel was closed and the building was converted into the Kien Hay Centre / Burlington Centre (431 – 439 Sussex St), containing retail and offices, in the 1980s.
AFTER taking poison in a bedroom at the Hotel Burlington, at the corner of Hay and Sussex-streets, yesterday evening, Desmond James Goret, aged 33, of Muswellbrook, and Mary Pearl Elsley (24), of the Nurse Scott Memorial Hospital, Scone, were found in a dying condition.
Goret was in bed in his pyjamas. Alongside him was an empty whisky bottle containing poison crystals.
Miss Elsley, fully dressed, lay on the floor.
They were conveyed to hospital,where both were found to be dead.
– The Braidwood Review Tuesday 26 November 1929
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