North Western Hotel

North Western Hotel


The Northwestern Hotel was built in 1907 by Mrs and Mr Freddie Mills. It was actually the second hotel of that name; the previous North Western Hotel built in 1906 by railway contractors Pauling and Co was converted into government offices.

Activities such as dances and public meetings took place there and the hotel is said to have opened the first multi-racial bar in the town in 1961.

In 1947 it was owned outright by the Hitchins family and was run as a successful business by the family Matriarch until the 1990s. Since then it had been through several transformations, from hotel to trading centre, to shops and offices but no longer exists as a hotel.

The Hitchins family still owns the building, which is listed as a national monument, a status which prohibits substantial modernisation.