Robert Newman, a grazier from Mt Sandiman Station, purchased
the Carnarvon Town Lots 187 188 and 190 Foss Street (now
Olivia Terrace) on September 22 1909
Under the management of Mr George Stowe, the “Gascoyne Hostel” was
officially opened on the 8th October, 1910. The Gascoyne Hostel was
a place of accommodation only, and the original Phone Number was
June 1911, a publicans’ general licence
was granted to Mr George Stowe ...Mr Stowe
presented a petition of electors living in
the immediate vicinity of the proposed premises.
The Act stated that the necessary accommodation
be two sitting rooms and two bedrooms, in addition
to those used by the staff. In addition to
that the Hostel had 19 other bedrooms and an
exceptionally good dining room. There
was also stabling for 30 horses. The proposed bar was some distance
from the existing building, the privacy of which would be undisturbed.
The new building would be of re-inforced concrete and over the bar
would be an additional 14 bedrooms connected to the existing building
by an overpass. He claimed the proposed structure would be highly
suitable for the purpose of a hotel. Robert Newman was the Builder
of the Hotel.
February 1912 the Hotel was leased to Mr William
Snook at a yearly rate of £364 The Gascoyne
Hotel in 1912 was the leading house of its
kind in the district with 47 rooms and 5 bathrooms,
3 dining rooms and bar. There
was also stabling for 30 horses.
It was said that the whole hotel from the building itself to the
service could not be surpassed outside the metropolis.
Best remembered of it’s licencees in the early days was Dick
and Marge Cornish who held the licence in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
A lot of attention in those days was centered around race week, Accommodation
was fully booked and the hotel would host the Carnarvon Cup Calcutta Sweepstakes.
Dick and Marge Cornish took a keen interest in the town and were
very involved in it’s development.
Other Licencees have included Mr Wilson Tuckey and Kevin Price.
The current Owner and Licencee is Kevin Leahy
Gascoyne Hotel has weathered many cyclones
and floods in it’s time... been destroyed
by fire in 1988 when the right side of the
building caught alight and in 1997 was struck
‘The History of the
North West of Australia’
Compiled by Matt J Fox
Published by Hesperian Press 1985
Author R. Scott Memory
Printed by Service Printing July 1967‘Carnarvon’
Author Jessie Larman
Author Jack Valli
Published by St George Books 1983‘Walk
Researched by Year 9 Students, 1986,
Carnarvon Senior High School‘Photographical
History of Carnarvon and the Gascoyne Region
Author Cecily Miller
Published with assistance by Shire of Carnarvon 1997‘Gold
in the Gascoyne’
Author Rhonda McDonald
Published by Hesperian Press 1985, 1986, 2000