In its heyday Broken Hill’s mines made the place a busy boomtown, full of people and hustle and bustle. Where there were thirsty miners, there were establishments built to slake their thirst. This wasn’t one of them.
The Palace Hotel was built by the Temperance Movement in 1889 to establish a place for fine dining and coffee.
From their website it only lasted as a coffee house for 3 years, before becoming a licensed hotel due to a lack of patronage. My grandfather was in one of the temperance organisations, the Rechabites. They seem to be still going but are in danger of folding. In their time they were important, providing insurance, but that has all been handed over to other organisations.
My grand-uncle was a member of the Rechabites. His family were miners, a notoriously hard-drinking lot.