In 1999, Sue Trewartha put together a 60 page book on the history to that date of this hotel. She was very excited when this photo was found, as it is one of the earliest photos of the hotel that has been seen. Thank you to the Ceduna National Trust. You will notice it has not got the dining room on the right hand side of the photo as shown in other photos, so this photo is before 1909.
The first allotment for the town of Ceduna were auctioned in Adelaide in July 1901, two brothers T and C Mudge who were sheep farmers at Streaky Bay, paid £24/5/- for Lot 8, which would become the Ceduna Hotel site. A license was granted to C Mudge in 1901, but because the building was not complete, it was not opened until December 1902. In 1905, Murat Bay’s population was 37 and the hotel run by WM Montgomerie and his wife. Dr Abbot in the “Denial Bay Starter” July 1909, reported that there had been additions made to the Ceduna Hotel, which was the new dining room.
Horse sales were held in the Hotel saleyards, with reports of 30 sold in 1912, and Thomas Mudge who owned the Hotel, was known to bringing shiploads of horses for auction, most for local farmers.
The top two photos are very early ones of the Hotel, before 1910.
HISTORY BITS AND PIECES Some stories and photos of our district by Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger. See Ceduna Old Photos on Facebook for more local history and photos.