Eureka Hotel

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The Eureka Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, 1854-1891.



The hotel was opened by James Bentley on 12 July 1854. On the first day the bar takings were £350.[1]


The hotel played a pivotal role in the disturbances which led to the Eureka Stockade. On 7 October 1854, miner James Scobie was murdered outside the Eureka Hotel. When the publican, Bentley, was acquitted of involvement in the death, the miners marched on the hotel. During a riot outside on 12 October 1854, the original hotel building was burned to the ground.[2]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[3] The owners were paid £904 compensation for the closure of the business.[3]


The hotel was built on the north east corner of Eureka Street and Otway Streets, Ballarat East.


Community Involvement

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People


The burning of Bentley's Eureka Hotel in 1854 is a key feature in Sovereign Hill's sound and light show, Blood on the Southern Cross.

See also



  1. 1.0 1.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 3, 1943, Ballarat
  2. A brief history of Ballarat,
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  4. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 7 February, 2014,
  5. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 17 December, 2015,

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--Beth Kicinski 14:02, 31 October 2013 (EST)

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