Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Royal Arcade Hotel, Sydney - Sebastian Hodge

My ancestor Sebastian HODGE (1833-1889) had a colourful life, and whie he died relatively young he spent the latter part of life as a hotelier of the Commercial Hotel, corner of King and Castlereagh streets in Sydney. But before to took the Commercial he appears to have had a number of other locations including the announcement below that he was occupying the Royal Arcade Hotel below.

Illustrated Sydney News
15 September 1877
Corner of
BEGS to announce to his friends and the general public that he has taken the above Commodious and Centrally situated Hotel, where he shall be glad to see his friends.

Earlier the same year an article about Henri L'Estrange, who walked across Sydney Heads on a tightrope, was in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday April 14 1877:
"That Wednesday evening, the group of distinguished gentlemen who had witnessed the private demonstration of L’Estrange’s skill on March 29th gathered at Sebastian Hodge’s hotel on Pitt Street to discuss giving Henri a momento of the occasion. The Herald reported that a large number of subscriptions were gathered for the cause."

This may or may not have been the same hotel, but clearly Sebastian had a name for himself in Sydney.

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