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Opening of Schirmer's Family Hotel

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Type of event Celebration

Family Hotel

Street name Adelaide Road
Town or locality Mallala South Australia
Date occurred or began May 1881
Date ended 1892
Managed or hosted by Mr. Schirmer
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Bunyip Gawler S.A. August 18th 1881

Opening of Schirmer's Family Hotel.''''''''''

This fine hotel, although it has been open to the public for about six months, was not officially opened until Thursday August 16th when a pigeon match took place, followed by a dinner in the evening. This hotel which has an imposing appearance, was built by the present enterprising proprietor.

It is a fine two story building with a balcony over the main entrance. There are twenty rooms in the hotel, all of which are well furnished and fitted up and are lofty and spacious. One great novelty is that gas and water are laid on all through the house. The gas is made on the premises by a patent machine while the water is forced by an engine from an underground tank to one above the first landing. This must be a great convenience. The gas, though not equal to coal gas is better than kerosene. Altogether the house offers better accommodation than is to be found in most country towns both for man and beast. The contractors for the building of the hotel were Messrs Janzen & Almers Adelaide. The cost of the building was about 3,000 pounds. We can only wish the proprietor success in his undertaking.

The pigeon match was won by Mr. B. McHugh and he was presented with a silver cup valued at 10 pound by Mr. Schirmer. In the evening about 50 gentlemen sat down to enjoy an excellent dinner provided by host Schirmer. The usual loyal toasts were drunk, followed by a toast to the health of Mr. Schirmer to which he graciously responded. Several musical items were given during the proceedings and a very enjoyable evening was spent. A display of fireworks was enjoyed by all.

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  • Adelaide Observer S.A.
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