BUSINESS enterprise and high confidence in the future of this town and district have just endowed Kalgoorlie with a new hotel, which distinctly adorns the upper end of Hannan Street. This new house, the Duke of Cornwall (pictured) has been built for a small syndicate of gentlemen, who have ventured to invest some £6ooo in their hotel property, and who plainly took care to see that their money was well spent.
Brick and stone have been employed throughout, and a departure from locally common styles of architecture has been made in having the facades of old English type, suggestive of ease and comforts within. The hotel is two stories in height. Portion of one Hannan-street frontage has been used for two shops, while the whole of the upper story has been apportioned into rooms for the use of visitors to the hotel.
The ordinary public bar is at the south-western corner of the building, with a main opening behind a section of brickwork, and further along, on the southern side is a saloon bar with billiard-room attached. Space will not allow of detailed descriptions of all the apartments – designed and constructed to meet up-to-date requirements. Suffice it to say that things have generally been done in a manner that is bound to command the approval of the public, which has thoughtfully been catered for.
One of the notable provisions to make the Duke of Cornwall a favorite residential hotel is that the means of entrance to the living rooms has been separated as well as can be from the bars. A survey of the bedrooms, sitting rooms, etc., shows that light, ventilation, and a full measure of conveniences and comforts have been provided. A big thing about the hotel is that it is a free house – not under the thumb of any brewers or dealers in liquor, so that patrons can ask for what drinks they like best, in confidence that whatever they want will be supplied if it is reasonably procurable.
The dining-room department has been made the subject of special care, and the public are assured that in this connection no room will be found for faultfinding. Mr. D. Lammas, who is well and favorably known here by his previous connections with other hotels, has the management of the hotel, which, designed as it is to thoroughly meet requirements of local residents and visitors to the fields, seems destined to enjoy heavy and continuous patronage.
The chambers at the 417ft in the old shaft on Block 45 have been cut, and crosscutting east and west is just starting. The west crosscut will connect with the workings of the new shaft, thus ensuring good ventilation.
– Kalgoorlie Western Argus, Thursday 17 May 1900.