I remember when the historic Como Hotel burnt to the ground. The disbelief and feeling of loss by the whole community was quite amazing. There was a great love for this beautiful old hotel. It was part of the area’s history and landscape.
The original hotel was over 100 years old when that fateful fire ripped through her. It started its life as a German Club, I believe for German railway workers. It then became the ‘local’ in 1887.
The local in those days wasn’t very local. There was nothing around it. Day trippers would row across the Georges River to the Como Pleasure Grounds for a day of picnicking. When the railway line eventually went in it opened up the area. Land was subdivided into residential blocks and Como became a viable suburb not just a weekend destination.