National Library of Australia
The collection relates to the management of the Hotel Canberra and includes hotel registers, printed notices, menus, balance sheets and a variety of financial records.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2611604).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], MS 7302, National Library of Australia, Records of the Hotel Canberra, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
These records were located during the reconstruction of the old Hotel Canberra prior to its opening as the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. They were presented to the National Library by Pak-Poy and Kneebone (consulting engineers for the project) and Darryl Jackson and Associates (architects) in May 1987.
The Hotel Canberra was established in 1924, as a Government owned hostel known as 'Hostel no. 1'. In 1927, the hostel became the Hotel Canberra and was managed by the Government. In 1950, the Hotel was leased to Hotel Canberra Ltd (a subsidiary of Tooheys Brewery, Sydney). For many years it was the only hotel in the A.C.T., and even after the opening of other hotels in Canberra, remained the home of many politicians. Its close proximity to Parliament House and other areas of Government, as well as its 24 hour service, made it idea for politicians. Notable persons who stayed at the Hotel included the Duke and Duchess of York (later George VI and Queen Elizabeth), John Curtin, and James Scullin and Marie Scullin (who chose to stay at the Hotel Canberra rather than occupy the Lodge during his term as Prime Minister). The Hotel stayed in operation until 1974.
In 1974, the lease held by Tooheys expired and was not renewed. The building was then used as Government offices for parliamentary staff from 1974 to 1985. However, the building was retained, as it was an important part of Canberra's and the nation's heritage.
In 1982, it was decided to restore the Hotel Canberra to its former glory if an interested party or parties could be found. In 1983, a $30 million deal with the Sheraton Hotel Group and the Commonwealth Superannunation Investment Trust (C.S.I.T.) was reached to refurbish the older part of the Hotel and to add a new section behind the old to increase the number of rooms. In 1984, C.S.I.T. pulled out of the project, later to be followed by the Sheraton Hotel Group. They were replaced by Pak-Poy and Kneebone (consulting engineers) who also replaced the original engineers Matrix Management Pty Ltd who relinquished the development rights. Eventually the Sheraton Hotels Group was replaced by the current developers, Hyatt International Hotels. The Hotel was reopened as the Hyatt Hotel Canberra in 1987.
This series contains the time and pay sheets used to record the hours worked by staff and to calculate the wages owed to them.
This series contains daily revenue statements, balance sheets, and clearance statements.
There are two hotel registers and one accounts register held in the collection of the Hotel Canberra. A photocopy of volume 1 covers the dates from 25 November 1934 to 3 December 1935. Volume 2 (folio) covers the dates from approximately 4 November 1940 to 7 October 1941. Volume three (folio) is the accounts register used to record the number of meals taken by each guest for each day and covers the period from approximately 1 January 1946 to 24 January 1947.
This series comprises income summary dockets for 2 January 1943, 3 January 1943, 30 November 1943, the month of December 1943, 1 January 1944 - 3 January 1944, 1 October 1944, and 5 October 1944. The menus for each meal were typewritten on the front of each sheet.