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Digital Photograph - Exterior View of 'People's Palace', Pitt St, Sydney, 1940s Image Reg. No: MM 110600

Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Black and white photograph showing the People's Palace in Pitt St, Sydney with passing tram, circa 1940s. The Salvation Army ran a number of these People's Palace establishments around Australia; the Pitt Street Palace opened in January 1899. They provided affordable accommodation for single people and families.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Susan Sutton, 2006
Contributed by Mrs Susan Sutton
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: footpaths, pedestrians, theatres, trams, accommodation, what is there now
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Travel - Accommodation
Tertiary Classification: exteriors
People Depicted: unknown
Organisations Depicted: The People's Palace
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940s

Source of Date Depicted: contributor's estimate.
Photographer: Mr Bill Piggott
References: Previously incorrectly captioned as the People's Palace in Bourke St, Melbourne.


Kevin Adams Posted on 27 Jan 2010 10:01 AM
Correction: The Peoples Palace was not a theatre, but a hotel/boarding-house for accomodation. (The Palace Theatre at 20 Bourke Street was a completely separate affair). Cheers.
Barry Marshall Posted on 03 Jan 2011 11:19 PM
The People's Palace was where my dad (Bob d.o.b. 4/01/1931) and his family stayed on a trip by train from Cunderdin Western Australia to celebrate his great great grandmother's 101st birthday in 1940. They had won 3000 pounds in the lottery and it was a turning point for the family - after that they were well-off but the war intervened and so the family was separated in various ways for a few years. But at least they had a famous time at the Melbourne cup taht year when Old Rowley won at 100:1 odds!
Barry Marshall
Nobel Laureate.
Nicole Posted on 06 Mar 2012 4:44 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
@Barry my grandfather used to stay here to when they would come down from Brisbane to Sydney. We took him on a trip down memory lane. It's so sad to see it now!
Robert Posted on 06 Apr 2012 10:38 PM
I just noticed a small typo in the above "More Information" block:
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, Victoria, Australia, 1940s
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940s
andrew watson Posted on 31 Jan 2013 11:24 AM
when my mum and dad and i came to australia in 1955 we stayed at the peoples palace i pitt st sydney i will always remember that we did not know anyone in sydney than
John Posted on 02 Mar 2013 11:30 PM
Is the Building still there and where can I get some more history on it.

Stayed there as a 10 year old with my parents in the mid 60's.
metta Posted on 03 Aug 2013 9:11 AM
My mum & her friend used to take us to the PeoplesPalace for our annual holidays. This was in the early60's ,there were 8 of us. We caught the train from Newastle & would try & remember all the train stations along the way . Fond memories for me !
Trevor & Barbara Posted on 03 May 2014 11:14 AM
My new wife and I spent a week of our honeymoon in this hotel beginning 16th May, 1965. Our first trip overseas. We so enjoyed Sydney that we stayed in Australia until 1971, and in the years had two Australian children.
Terry Houguet-Pincham Posted on 16 May 2014 11:31 AM
As a child i lived in Narrabri and on many occasions needed to go to Sydney to see Dr.'s and we would always stay at the PP, i have very fond memories of the hotel.
Jonathan J. Priest Posted on 17 Jun 2014 6:28 PM
My father stayed there between boat journeys , from Wellington through Sydney and then on by ship to Singapore. That was in 1929. He was travelling with his close friend and they were going to get work in Malaya. It was obviously a cheap place to stay and set up for single travellers.
Ashley Simpson Posted on 18 Aug 2014 10:56 AM
My father and mother arrived in Australia in 1966 and we stayed at the People's Palace in Pitt Street before we got our bearings and moved to the Northern Beaches of Sydney to live and have done so for more than 40 years. Fond memories of teh way Australia was!!
Christa from Germany Posted on 05 Sep 2014 5:00 PM
My friend and I stayed at the Sydney Peoples Palace in November 1978 for 5 nights. We didnt know, that we checked in in a salvation-army Hotel. I still have the "rules" of the former Manager, Mayor Skinner, who did forbid "rubbish" magazines and alcohol in the rooms. We enjoyed the stay very much, but hated the loudspeaker, which woke us up every morning at 7.00am with ist "breakfast is ready".
Natalie Rowles Posted on 14 Sep 2014 12:01 AM
My mother was a gypsy and moved all the time form the south coast to sydney to central coast etc in between times of moving we often stayed at the peoples palace catching a taxi from central station. I never ever knew it was a salvation army run. This would of been in the late 1970s to mid 1980s, I always loved the thought of being in the CBD. Great memories.
Norberto Jones Posted on 30 Sep 2014 9:58 PM
Here you stay in 1915 the brother of my grandfather, before leaving for Europe, where I volunteer in the Great War. He died in France, in action on 29 August 1916 His name is Lloyd Caradog Jones, lived in Leeton and born in Argentina.
Norberto Jones Posted on 30 Sep 2014 10:04 PM
Correct is Caradog Lloyd Jones. Thanks. norbertojones@speedy.com.ar
Noel Gayler Posted on 28 Jan 2015 4:25 PM
Where might I find photos etc of people's palace - a gem in the chaos of Sydney!
Hans Posted on 15 Apr 2015 11:28 PM
I stayed at the Peoples Palace, first time, in 1967. Cheap and clean, but old. No alcohol in the rooms, the bottom floor was for women only, the doorman kept an eye on that. Fond memories.
Chris Chadwick Posted on 10 May 2015 6:39 AM
Stayed there early 60s with my mum@dad,it was the first time staying in sydney and i still remember it clearly,what a adventure as we lived in Wagga.
leonvensell Posted on 08 Jun 2015 9:57 AM
i used to work there as a porter

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