Oral History with Ted Tamsett

In December 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting and conducting an oral history with an old true Local, Ted Tamsett the grandson of Patrick Cronin  and Julia Cronin, the original owners and publicans of Leichhardt hotel, situated on the corner of Wetherill Street and Balmain Road.

This photo was taken the day before the hotel was demolished. L-R Mrs Robinson, Julia Cronin, Jack Ogilvir, Majorie Tamsett 3yrs, old, Florence Cronin and her husband Jack (Licensee of the hotel) Cora Robinson – daughter of Mrs Robinson, unknown child) Ellen Tamsett (Nell Cronin) and her husband Edgar Tamsett and Alfe Nugent.

Leichhardt Hotel was originally constructed in 1888 in the Victorian Filigree style, featuring decorative cast iron brackets and an Iron filigree verandah. The hotel was demolished and re-designed by architect Sidney Warden in 1924.

Ted Tamsett was born on 28th October  1923 in the old Leichhardt Hotel. He attended Leichhardt Public School then went to school at St Fiacres until 5th class.  He worked with this family in the hotel until he was registered and called to service for World War 2 and entered the air-force.  On discharge he returned to Leichhardt and took over the running of the Leichhardt hotel.  Great changes to the hotel occurred. Hours were changed from 6pm to 10pm but with a closing hour between 6-7 pm to drive all the clients home for dinner. The original hotel was demolished and the new one was designed and built by the architect Sidney Warden built around 1924 hotel. Sidney Warden later designed the addition of the Lounge hotel to the rear of the pub.

Cnr of Wetherill Street and Balmain Road.


6 thoughts on “Oral History with Ted Tamsett

  1. Hi lived in 4 wetherill street leichhardt from 1945 t0 about 1958, it say the leichhardt hotel was on the corner of wetherill street and balmain road wondering if this is right as i;ve always remembering it to be on the corner off short st and balmain road.

    would you know where i might find a photo of 4 wetherill st as i was born in that house and it no longer stands

    • Yes Les,

      My gr gr grandparents were licencees.
      John Frederick and Eliza Edwards.

      He died there in 1895.

      I also disagree with it being demolished. A couple of years ago when I revisited, it was a Sumo Salad store.

  2. Hi Les,
    If you google 1 Short Street , Leichhardt, then when the oic comes up, you can rotate the screen to number 4.
    The pic I saw was July 3019, and house was till standing.
    I tried to put the pic in, but it didn’t work.

  3. The original hotel was demolished (first picture in the article) and replaced with the hotel in the 2nd picture. My grandmother and grandfather were Ellen and Edgar Tamsett, my grandmother Ellen (Nell) was pregnant with my dad Edward (Ted) Tamsett in the photo. You are correct, the pub is still standing but is no longer licensed.

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