Botany’s Waterworks Hotel joined Sydney’s ‘150 club’ in 2018

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The Waterworks Hotel, Botany, NSW. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection

THE Waterworks Hotel at Botany reached a significant milestone in 2018 when it joined a select number of Sydney pubs that have marked 150 years of trade.

Named after the nearby Sydney Waterworks, which was established in 1858, the little pub at the corner of Bay Street and Botany Road was opened by Irish couple, William and Maria Wolloghan, in September 1869.

A native of County Wicklow, Ireland, William came to NSW as a teenager in the early 1840s with his parents before gaining employment with the Hunter River Steamship Company. He married Maria Devitt in 1861, and together they built their Botany pub, where they would bring-up five children.

Waterworks Hotel Botany August 1930 ANU
Waterworks Hotel, Botany, August 1930. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.

The Wolloghans ran the pub for 15 years before the couple took-up storekeeping in Botany. They became wealthy, acquiring a large amount of real estate in that locality, before their retirement to a property by the name of Glendalough at Bexley in the late 1880s.

William died at the age of 77 in 1902 and his widow, Maria in 1908 at the age of 71.
Additions were made to the Waterworks Hotel in 1909, and again in 1912.

The freehold of the Waterworks Hotel was purchased by brewery giant, Tooth and Company in 1919.

Waterworks Hotel Botany Floor Plan 1900 BW owner Maria Wolloghan
Waterworks Hotel, Botany Road, Botany, Present and proposed ground and first floor plans, including yard and outbuildings, Applicant/owner, Maria Wolloghan. 2 March 1900. Picture: State Archives of NSW.
Waterworks Hotel Plan BW 1919
Waterworks Hotel, Botany Road and Bay Streets, Botany, Alterations and additions, ground and first floor plans and elevations to Botany Road and Bay Street, section and cellar plan, Architect Joseph I Sherrin, 43 Johnston Street, Annandale, Signed 6 June 1912. Picture: State Archives of NSW.

The Waterworks lost its beautiful old balcony and ornate façade when owner, Tooth & Company spent over £30,000 on “modernising” the historic pub in the latter part of 1953. On completion, the sign was officially changed to the Endeavour Hotel, on July 12 1954.

The pub’s sign reverted to ‘Waterworks’ in 2007, when it again underwent a major redevelopment at a cost of $560,000. 

Endeavour Hotel former Waterworks Hote Botany 1954 ANU
Endeavour Hotel, Botany, 1954. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University.

Waterworks Yields Big Rum Haul

SYDNEY: Thieves had a big haul of rum and beer valued at more than £130 from the Waterworks Hotel, Botany. It consisted of two 10-gallon kegs and two five gallon demijohns of overproof rum and two 27 gallon kegs ready for retailing and nine dozen bottles of beer. The thieves used a lorry which was heard by neighbours about 3.30am, but the robbery was not discovered until 8am.

– Brisbane Telegraph Wednesday 23 October 1946


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8 replies

  1. I am proud to say I am a great great great granddaughter of William and Maria Wolloghan.

  2. Hi Mick, am checking old records, will let you know. What date is 150 anniversary please

    • According to the NSW Government Gazettes, the Waterworks Hotel was first Licensed by William Wolloghan in September 1869. The exact date is not given.

  3. Does anyone know if there’s a listing of the Publicans of the Pub, as my Uncle had it in the 60’s from what I’ve been told.

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