Commonwealth Hotel History

Built in 1910, the Commonwealth Hotel is about to gain new life. Its restoration is part of a broader Nicholas St redevelopment project being managed by Ipswich City Council. This timeline shows how our ancestors might have seen it.

  • 1947

    Mr Steven Bentham passes away. Mrs Emma Bentham, known locally as “Ma Bentham” continues to manage the hotel for many…

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  • 1940s

    Emma Bentham is celebrated for her extensive efforts in fundraising and community work during the second world war.

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  • 1930s

    The hotel is a popular wedding reception venue. On December 4, 1934 Miss Millicent Hare and Mr Stanley McLennan held…

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  • 1931

    A mysterious gentleman using the name ‘Mr Donald’ checks into the Commonwealth Hotel after arriving in Ipswich on Saturday night…

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  • 1924

    Mr Steven and Mrs Emma Bentham take over management of the hotel.

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  • 1920s

    Frances and Jules Ajax take over management of the hotel.

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  • 1917

    Miss Margaret Calvert takes over the management of the hotel.

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  • 1914

    Mr Green transforms the storage sheds in the hotel’s back yard into an electric power plant and a mineral water…

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  • 1912

    Local character, Mr Harry Green, takes over management.

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  • 1911

    Mr Hartigan takes over management of the hotel

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