This Day in History: 1916-04-03

The Bolgart State Hotel was established on the corner of Poincare and Albert Streets. The streets of the town were named by Victoria Plains Road Board members after the reigning rulers of the World War 1 allies. Albert 1 was the King of Belgium, and Raymond Poincaré was the President of France.

The State Manager of the State Hotels Department, George Emery, was the first licensee for the hotel. The license was then transferred to the first manager of the hotel, Arthur Edward Wright, who had previously been manager of the Gwalia State Hotel in 1914.

State Hotels Dept. files (C 981/1917/112) (State Records Office of Western Australia).
Rica Erickson. The Victoria Plains. Lamb Paterson, 1971, p.111.
Kalgoorlie miner, 14 Aug. 1914, p.2.
Toodyay herald, 13 May 1916, p.2.