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Commercial Hotel
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Commercial Hotel in 2017
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Former names Albert Hotel, Southern Cross Hotel, Sundancer Backpackers Hostel
General information
Architectural style Inter-War Free Classical style
Address 80 High Street
Town or city Fremantle
Country Western Australia
Completed 1840
Renovated 1908
Height
Architectural Federation Free Classic
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect John McNeece
Architecture firm John McNeece and son
Type State Registered Place
Designated 1
Part of West End, Fremantle (25225)
Reference no. 921

The Commercial Hotel is a hotel at 80 High Street in Fremantle, Western Australia. The current building is of three storeys in the Federation Free Classic style, and was registered on the Register of the National Estate in 1978. It is now the Sundancers Backpackers Hostel.

History

In 1840 Captain John Thomas built the Southern Cross Hotel, and his wife managed it while he was away at sea. It was later renamed the Albert Hotel and then later the Commercial Hotel.

In 1891 the publican of the Commercial Hotel was E. Jonas.

The hotel was re-built in 1908, and possibly renovated the same year. At this time, a number of other old buildings in nearby lots were being demolished — a newspaper of 1907 reports that:

Fremantle's "rat castles" and microbe homes are gradually coming down. Some have already been erased, and the "rodents' resort" next the Commercial Hotel is in course of demolition.

Current usage

In about 2000 the hotel was converted into the Sun Dancer Resort backpackers' hostel.

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