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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

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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!!

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