1903 Lease Agreement For Cathedral Hotel - Melbourne CBD - Manuscript History


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1903 Lease Agreement For The Cathedral Hotel - Melbourne CBD - Manuscript History

Lease Agreement For The Cathedral Hotel, Corner of Swanston and Little Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Document Dated 30th September 1903
Parties To The Lease Include: John McGee (Merchant of Latrobe St Melbourne), Cornelius Job Ham (Estate Agent of Swanston St Melbourne), Patrick Herbert Reynolds, Esther Frances Duff, Samuel Gillott and others.
Includes the signatures of Cornelius Job Ham and Sir Samuel Gillott

Photo shows The Cathedral Hotel in 1966. The Cathedral Hotel was built in 1883 and derived its name from St Paul's Cathedral on the south side of Flinders Lane. The building was demolished in 1968 by the Melbourne City Council to make way for the new City Square.

" Cornelius Job Ham (1837 - 1909) was a politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), mayor of Melbourne 1881-82 and a member of the Victorian Legislative Council 1882-1904. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. In 1842 the family arrived in the Port Phillip District (colony of Victoria from 1851) and John Ham became the first pastor of Collins Street Baptist Chapel, Melbourne. Cornelius Ham's eldest brother, Jabez, was one of the first editors of The Age, Melbourne. Cornelius Ham started business as a land and estate agent in Melbourne in 1855, and was Mayor of Melbourne in 1881-82. In November 1882 he stood for Melbourne Province in the Victorian Legislative Council in opposition to the late Dr. Beaney and George Selth Coppin, and was triumphantly returned, being sworn-in in December 1882 and holding the seat until May 1904. Ham accepted a seat in the James Munro Ministry without portfolio in November 1890, and was sworn of the Executive Council. Twelve months later he resigned office after voting against the Government Bill establishing the one man one vote principle, but resumed office on the measure being abandoned. In February 1892, however, when the Ministry was reconstructed under William Shiels, he left the Cabinet. He married in 1868 Hattie, daughter of John Latham, of West Virginia, U.S.A., formerly United States Consul-General in Melbourne. Ham died in Armadale, Victoria, Australia on 10 December 1909, survived by three sons and six daughters. He was the grandfather of Ainslie Meares."

" Sir Samuel Gillott (1838 - 1913) was an Australian lawyer and politician, commonly known as a former Lord Mayor of Melbourne. He was born in the city of Sheffield, England. Educated in Sheffield Grammar School, Gillott moved to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 17, in 1856. He was employed by a law firm, Vaughan, Moule & Seddon, and received his law degree from the University of Melbourne. Immediately after he started practicing law, Vaughan, Moule & Seddon offered him a partnership. During the 1890s, Gillott specialized in police court practice, with a firm exception being the Speight v. Syme libel case. Gillott was elected as Mayor of Melbourne in 1896, but lost his mayorship in 1899 by one vote. In November 1899, Gillott was elected to the seat of East Melbourne, in the Victorian Legislative Assembly; he held this seat until December 1906. He became President of the Law Institute in 1900. In the same year, Gillott was re-elected as the Mayor of Melbourne. Promoted to Lord Mayor in 1901, Gillott was knighted in the same year during the visit to Australia of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary). Returning to Australia after a year in England, he resumed his seat in the Melbourne City Council, and became president and councillor of the Working Men's College of Melbourne. On another visit to England in 1913, Gillott died after falling down a flight of stairs at night in Sheffield. He was 74 years of age. His body was returned to Australia and was interred at Melbourne General Cemetery."

Document is folded as shown. Please study photos to understand condition and contact us with any specific queries you may have.

Size 26cm wide x 40cm tall (approx measurements) as folded - widens to 52cm when opened.


Special Attributes: Signed
Region: Australia, Oceania
Subject: Law & Government
Original/Facsimile: Original
Seller Notes: Document is folded as shown. Please study photos to understand condition and contact us with any specific queries you may have.
Language: English
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