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Theatre Royal & Café, Williamson Street, Thames
(North side, cnr Williamson & Owen St)

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Bay of Plenty Times, 15 July 1903, page 2
"Fire. Thames, Tuesday, The Theatre Royal Hotel at the corner of Owen and Williamson Streets, Grahamstown, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday evening; the fire originated through a defective flue.
A good deal of the downstairs furniture was saved.
The property in the vicinity escaped damage, but very little was saved from the upper story of the hotel.
Most of the boarders and servants effects were destroyed.
The building was insured for 1700 (pounds) and the furniture was also insured."

Brown Street, Thames. [ca 1900].
(The Royal Hotel  is straight ahead, end of Brown Street, built on the old site of the Theatre Royal & Café that was burnt down in 1903.) The Hotel Royal was built 1904 and still stands today as a private residence.
Published courtesy of Timeframes, Alexander Turnbull Library.Reference number: 1/2-001554-G

A closer view of the Royal Hotel
Page 134: Thames & the Coromandel Peninsula 2000 years by Zelma & John Williams
Williams Publishers Thames 1994

To the left a picture of the Hotel taken in the 1970's, when it was being used by A & G Price as a storage area.