160 Sloane Street
(Corner Clinton Street)
Goulburn NSW 2580 Australia
Telephone: 02 4821 0707
Mandelson’s of Goulburn has a proud heritage that commenced in 1840 and is significant in the history of Goulburn and of New South Wales. Many interesting events and activities occurred here.
The guesthouse is named after Nathan Mandelson who opened the ‘The Goulburn Hotel’ in 1846 to provide accommodation that was ‘unrivalled in Goulburn and unsurpassed in the metropolis of Sydney’. The description remains accurate today.
Mandelson’s has been meticulously renovated in the style of the period. Guests can ‘absorb’ the elegance of the period and events from 160 years ago through the architecture, the grand rooms and the antique furnishings.
Goulburn itself has a very interesting history, and was the first inland city in Australia. Guests can walk from Mandelson’s to admire the striking architecture of public buildings and the beauty of the parks and gardens.
Private Railway to Sydney. Nathan Mandelson was a substantial shareholder in a new company that proposed to construct a private railway to Goulburn in the late 1840s. Mandelson was also appointed to the local committee formed to cooperate with the Sydney Railway Committee. The meetings that were held in the Ballroom here are recognised as the start of railways in Australia.
Government Railway to Sydney. The private initiative was overturned by the NSW Government, and not unsurprisingly it took until 1869 for the Government owned railway to be opened. The Governor of NSW, the Earl and Countess Belmore stayed at Mandelson’s when they visited Goulburn to open the railway. Apparently accommodation for the Countess has been arranged elsewhere in Goulburn, but she chose to stay at Mandelson’s. The Earl and the Countess walked from Mandelson’s to the railway station and then to Belmore Park when they planted the ‘Belmore Oak’.
Gold. Mandelson offered a substantial reward in April 1854 for the finding of commercial quantities of gold in the police district of Goulburn. Mandelson is reported as having 1000 ounces of gold in his possession after a trip to Braidwood.
Local Races. The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 24th August 1844 reports that "horses will be entered at Mr Mandelson’s Goulburn Inn for the first of three days racing on 8th October 1844". In 1849 he was elected as Treasurer of the Goulburn Annual Races. (A copy of the Sydney Morning Herald is on display at Mandelson’s).
Convict Transportation. In March 1849 public meetings were held at Mandelson’s for people opposed to the revival of transportation of convicts. They opposed the push from the wealthy squatters who controlled large areas of land to resume transportation as it provided a very cheap source of labour.
Coach Travel. In December 1851 Mandelson advertised that for the ‘lovers of speed and comfort’ he was providing a ‘splendid new four horse coach ‘The Shamrock’ that ‘will leave Goulburn for Sydney every Monday and Thursday evenings at six o’clock, arriving in Sydney every Tuesday and Friday evening’.
Stables. Mandelson also provided the ‘best stables in town’. The rear wall of the original stables still exists and can be seen at the back of Mandelsons along a public right of way, entered through the coach archway in Sloane Street.
Electric Telegraph. In May 1858 the first telegram was sent from the temporary office of the Electric Telegraph at The Goulburn Hotel, and the office remained here until April 1861.
Gas Lighting. In August 1859 it was advertised that the hotel had been renovated and refurnished, including the ‘laying of gas to the various apartments and bedrooms’.
Daniel Deniehy – a first republican. Daniel Deniehy had his solicitor's office at Mandelson’s from 1854 to 1858 (this is entered from Sloane Street or through the Mandelson’s sitting room). Deniehy moved from Sydney where he was known for his brilliant oratory skills and readiness to take on the big issues of the day. He was the local Member for Argyle, and is best remembered for his ‘Bunyip Aristocracy’ speeches that were delivered at Sydney Circular Quay and other locations. The speeches energised public opposition to the Wentworth proposal to have the new upper house of the NSW Government modelled on the British House of Lords, complete with hereditary peers (who would be the squatters in the colony). The public pressure led to both Houses being democratically elected. Deniehy also wrote to his sweetheart ‘Miss Adelaide Ironside’ while residing at Mandelson’s and apologising for his hasty departure from Sydney.(A copy of the letter is in one of the history books on display in the Mandelson’s Dining Room).
Following the early spectacular years, it appears that Mandelson’s had a succession of owners.
The ‘Goulburn High School’ was established in September 1871 and operated until October 1874 when a fire destroyed the stables at the rear of the premises.
The building was operated as a hotel with many licensees until 1916 when it was operated as a private hotel.
Mandelson’s of Goulburn was extensively renovated after being purchased in 1999. It was renamed ‘Mandelson’s of Goulburn’ to recognise the achievements of Nathan Mandelson. Claire and Steve Ayling purchased the Guesthouse in September 2011.
Request for Information
Claire and Steve Ayling are very interested in the history of Mandelson’s of Goulburn and regard themselves as ‘stewards’ of an important part of local history. We wish to expand the known history, and welcome stories and photographs of events and activities that have taken place at Mandelson’s of Goulburn.
160 Sloane Street(Corner Clinton Street), Goulburn NSW 2580 Australia
Telephone: 02 4821 0707