NO, this is not an early photo of a drag-show in one of Sydney’s Oxford Street pubs. Although you could be forgiven if you thought it was…. In fact, this great photo was headed, “Masculine Manneqins”, in the Daily News in July 1947, and was taken in the Adelphi Hotel, Perth. The men “emulated the female species” and gave “a fashion parade” to help the Crippled Children’s Society.
The Adelphi Hotel was located at the corner of St Georges Terrace and Mill Street in Perth. The grand hotel was built in 1935 and demolished in 1967. Built as a hotel for gold miner and Perth hotelier Gordon Dunleavy, everything was on a grand, luxurious scale. Margaret Pitt Morison, Western Australia’s first female architect, designed the interior. The hotel was demolished and replaced by Parmelia House, a 19-storey office building.