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Captain Cook Hotel

Item details

Name of item: Captain Cook Hotel
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Hotel
Location: Lat: -33.8588431077 Long: 151.2033412030
Primary address: 33, 35 Kent Street, Millers Point, NSW 2000
Parish: St Philip
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT10 DP843179
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
33, 35 Kent StreetMillers PointSydneySt PhilipCumberlandPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Crumar Pty LtdPrivate03 May 99

Statement of significance:

The Captain Cook hotel, a two storey rendered brick building in a subdued version of the Federation Free Style is situated on a corner towards the northern end of Kent Street. While the Captain Cook Hotel is one of the eleven hotel buildings in this style remaining in the city, it is possibly the least significant. The others are Moreton's Hotel and the Palisade which hold the most significance, the Sir John Young, the Australian Hotels in Cumberland and Gloucester Streets, the Observer Hotel, the Napoleon, the Royal George, the Fosters, and the Read Raters Hotel. The site has historic significance as part of the Australian Gaslight Co. and for its long continued association with the hotel trade since 1876. The building has social significance for the part it played in providing a social / recreational venue and budget accommodation in the immediate area and this significance is continued with its expanded services. It is an example of the evolution of the small scale corner hotel on the fringes of the city, and reflects the social character of the area during the early years of the 20th century. It is representative of the style used in a small corner hotel.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: Rendered brick Rendered brick
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building has retained the original facade but has been extensively modified internally. Recent extensions have also included the remodelling of remaining internal fabric. The interior of the building is in good condition but there are some bed joint c
Modifications and dates: c1876
Current use: Hotel/ Restaurant
Former use: Hotel


Historical notes: The site of the Captain Cook Hotel was occupied by the Australian Gaslight Co in 1860. Mr Henry Labat was living there in 1868 and by 1870 it was named Alfred Terrace and occupied by carpenters and shipwrights. The site was occupied by Mrs McBride in 1873, and first known as the Captain Cook Hotel in 1876. The licensee William Bond remained publican until 1886-87 when he was replaced by John Craig. The area bounded by the Harbour and Lower Fort, Windmill and Kent Streets was resumed by the Government in 1900 at the onset of the plague. The area was handed to the Sydney Harbour Trust for administration. During the early years of the twentieth century many hotels in the Millers Point / Darling Harbour precincts were demolished. The Captain Cook Hotel appears to have been one of these and was reconstructed by the Trust and leased to Tooheys & Co. in 1920. The adjoining Millers Road was renamed High Lane in 1986 and a section of the site was resumed for road widening in 1991. The Sands Directory records the following occupants of the Captain Cook Hotel; 1888-89: Louisa Leistikow; 1890: Bridget Corkoran; 1891Richard page; 1992-98: Alfred Cullen; 1899: Alfred Bird then Sarah Bird from 1901 -02; 1903-1916: Edward Brown; 1917: Taft Harvey; 1918-20: Thomas Brice; 1921-29: Alfred Hayes; 1930-32: Patrick Hastings.

Recommended management:

General: The form and scale of the building should be retained. As the building has been extensively modified both externally and internally, alterations may be considered, but should not break through the skyline or rise above the parapet limits. Window and door openings should not be enlarged, reduced or filled in and any replacements should be in similar materials and styles. As the hotel continues a long unbroken tradition with the hotel trade, the traditional use of the bar should be continued. Other complementary uses such as restaurants could be considered for the upper floors . Exterior: All original fabric, such as timber windows and doors should be retained. Any future additions to the hotel should be in sympathy with the style and period of the building and retain the existing scale. Interior: As the hotel retains little original fabric internally, alterations could be considered. Any future work to the interior should be complimentary to any remaining original fabric of the ground floor bars.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0051102 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0051107 Aug 87 1294407
Local Environmental PlanCSH LEP 4 07 Apr 00   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenSydney City Council2000Local Environmental Plan

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045606
File number: HC 86/2317

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