WHIM CREEK Hotels ALLEGATIONS of UNSUITABLENESS - 1912
from the WEST AUSTRALIAN, 5 September 1912
WHIM CREEK HOTELS
ALLEGATIONS OF UNSUITABLENESS
- Roebourne, Spet 4
In the Licensing Court on Monday William John HENDERSON and Thomas Wrixon CONWAY, the licensees respectively of the Whim Creek and Federal Hotels, Whim Creek, were called on to show cause why their licences should not be cancelled for not keeping their hotels up to the standard required by the Act.
The evidence of the police went to show that the premises were unsuitable. There was no accommodation and the buildings were dirty. The walls of the rooms were only eight feet high. Women arriving at Whim Creek had to sit up all night on the verandah opposite the police station, while children slept in the building.
Constable GROWDEN was asked what he would suggest to improve the places, and he replied that a fire-stick would be the best thing.
The defence was a general denial of the allegations. The reason that no money was spent in improvements was that the licensees were saving money with which to build new premises.
Mr DAVIES, who appeared for the licensees, stated that it seemed to him that the reason or the prosecution was to clear the way for a State Hotel, a petition for the provision of which had been prepared.
Corporal FOULKES applied for the cancellation of the licenses.
The Court decided to proceed to Whim Creek to inspect the premises and adjourned the furhter hearing sine die.
Mr SLEEMAN, the manager of the West Pilbarra Trading and Finance Company, said that the material for a new hotel was on the way from England