Cat and Fiddle Hotel in Balmain (Sydney)
Cat and Fiddle Hotel
Established in 1930 as the Star Hotel, the Cat and Fiddle Hotel is the second last hotel to be built in Balmain, the licence being transferred from the old Star Hotel in Mort Street.
A new awning had just been erected when the photograph was taken. The name Cat and Fiddle was adopted in the mid 1970's' possibly due to the pubs association with jazz bands.
Recommended reading:"Called To The Bar" 150 years of pubs in the Balmain-Rozelle area of Sydney NSW. The book is published by the Balmain Association Inc., PO Box 57, Balmain NSW 2041 Tele/fax 02 9818 4954 (Cost 2003 A$13 plus A$2.50 post/packing). It is one of the best pub books and is highly recommended by Jon.
Photo and comments submitted by Jon G, Many Thanks
Star Hotel, 1930. Now the Cat and Fiddle Hotel
If you are wondering where the Pubs verandah posts went, in 1928 the local council decided that all "unsightly" verandah posts had to be removed. The increasing motor car traffic could also have been a deciding factor.