Mandelsons, Mandelson's, Mendelsons,
Mendelson's, Mandalsons, Mandalson's, Mendalsons, Mendalson's
- guesthouse, hotel, motel, bed and breakfast. People often
get confused how to spell our name, but once they have experienced
the charms of its accommodation at Goulburn in NSW, they never
forget us and often become frequent visitors.
So what is the history of the
The site of this house was first
occupied by John Cole, who bought the property in 1837 from
the Crown shortly after the planning of the Township by Robert
John Cole had built a hotel by 1839 which was subsequently purchased
by Nathan Mandelson in 1840. The Goulburn Hotel
became known for its excellence in style and hospitality.
The current owners named the building
Mandelsons of Goulburn after it had been known
as Mulwaree Private Hotel in recent years.
Nathan Mandelson was born in Warsaw, Poland
in 1805 and travelled to England where in 1830 he married Phoebe
Cohen. The couple came to NSW in 1833 and three years later
opened the Hit or Miss Inn at Bungonia.In 1840 Nathan
purchased The Goulburn Hotel as well as two adjoining
lots, pulled down the old structure and erected the two storey
building we see today.
Nathan Mandelson set about making the hotel
Goulburns premier social point, which can be seen in many
advertisements he placed in the local Goulburn Herald. One such
advertisement was placed on Saturday, August 9, 1851 and it
read amongst other things:
To those Gentlemen and Families who have not yet visited
THE GOULBURN HOTEL, Nathan Mandelson would beg to state that
for extent of accommodation, privacy, comfort and convenience,
the house stands unrivalled in Goulburn, and unsurpassed in
the metropolis of Sydney.
(The above paragraph was taken from A Collection of
Facts by IAN WOOD)
Mr Mandelson was an astute businessman who
bought gold from Braidwood, Turon and other diggings in the
1850s possibly for a syndicate. After one trip he and
Samuel Davis arrived in Goulburn, from Braidwood, with 1000
ounces of Gold in their possession.
Further exerts taken from A Collection of Facts
by Ian Wood:
On 27th December 1848 Nathan was appointed to the Local
Committee formed to take into consideration the best means
of co-operation with the Sydney Company for the formation of
a Railway between Sydney and Goulburn. This local committee
met each Friday at the Goulburn Hotel.
On 23rd January 1849 he was elected Treasurer of Goulburn Annual
On 22nd March 1849 a public meeting was held at Mandelsons
Rooms of those people opposed to the revival of transportation
of convicts to NSW.
On 31st May 1851 Nathan Mandelson - Treasurer to the subscribers
- offered 200 Guineas to the first party who discovered a Gold
Field in the police district of Goulburn.
On 27th December 1851 he advertised a new conveyance from Braidwood
the Lovers of Speed & Comfort
MANDELSONS SPLENDID NEW FOUR HORSE COACH,
leave Goulburn for Sydney every MONDAY and THURSDAY mornings
oclock, and arriving in Sydney every Tuesday and Friday
On 8th April 1854 it was reported Mandelson was retiring and
had let the Goulburn Hotel to J.J.Roberts of the Royal Hotel,
On 17th May 1858 The temporary office of the Electric Telegraph
was opened at the Goulburn Hotel and the first telegram was
sent by R.Craig on that date. The Goulburn Telegraph Office
moved from Mandelsons Hotel on 8th April 1861.
At the Annual Licensing Meeting in 1859 Mandelson was granted
the License of the Goulburn Hotel and he resumed possession
on 1st July 1859. By August 1859 Mandelson had put the
hotel through a thorough renovation and re-furbishing including
the laying on of gas to the various apartments and bedrooms.
The hotel was described as not to be surpassed - even
in Sydney by Goulburn Herald on 27.8.1859.
On 3rd July 1867 Nathan Mandelson died,
very suddenly, aged 62 and the obituary was placed in the Goulburn
Herald Saturday, July 6, 1867:
.......Mr. Mandelson himself was one of the oldest residents
of the district, and owned considerable property in the town.
He conducted the Goulburn Hotel for many years, and afterwards
let it and went to live in Sydney; but being subsequently unable
to get a tenant he once more returned to the hotel. The accommodation
and attention under Mr. Mandelsons care were such as to
render this hotel noted throughout the southern districts; and
it was always the stopping place of the judges when on circuit,
and of the Governor and Lady Young on their visits to Goulburn.
On 17th August 1867 notice was given the hotel would be conducted
by J. Mandelson. In May 1869, during the ceremonies for the
opening of the Railway, Earl and Lady Belmore stayed
at Mandelsons Hotel and Lady Belmore walked from Mandelsons
Hotel to Market Square (re-named Belmore Square) to plant The
Belmore Oak which can be seen today in Belmore Park.
On 9th September 1871 George Metcalfe, M.A., High School
Goulburn, advised he had leased the premises, lately known
as Mandelsons Hotel, which would in future be styled Goulburn
House. The first quarter of the High School commenced
at Goulburn House on 2.10.1871.
In January 1874 a fire destroyed the stables at the rear of
Metcalfes High School causing nearly (P) 600 worth of
Eventually the property was sold to Dr.Perry of Yass.
(This concludes exerts from A Collection of Facts
by Ian Wood - 1.7.1848 to 31.12.1875)
From 1854 to 1858 Daniel Henry Deniehy
resided in the hotel and operated his Solicitors Office from
within Mandelsons Hotel. Best known for his speech Bunyip
Aristocracy, Deniehy was the local Member for Parliament
and a strong Republican Advocate. (See Deniehy Window
for further details.)
The hotel has had many licensees in the past but eventually
ceased to hold a liquor license in 1916, after which it was
used as a private hotel.
In September 1999 the building was purchased
and restoration works were commenced and were largely completed
by November 2001.
The current owners Claire and Steve Ayling look
forward to hosting you for a wonderful Goulburn experience.