photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This photograph of the corner of Liverpool and George streets shows Caseys’ Hotel on the left-hand corner. This hotel was demolished around 1940 to make way for the Century Hotel which is still standing in its place.
In the early hours of the Thursday December the 7th 1905 a strange event occurred at Casey’s hotel. Apparently William Sanders, a dairyman from Dungog, woke up in his hotel room and promptly walked out the window plummeting 20 feet onto George Street. He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with back and leg injuries. The Century which you can still see on the site of Casey’s Hotel is itself a rare example of an intact original Art Deco Hotel.
This photograph can be dated to 1899 due to the “The Grand Commonwealth Fair” sign on the right hand sign of the image. This event was held in November 1899 and heralded as a “show emblematic of a federated Australia”.
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