Alexandra Hotel (Sturt Street)

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The Alexandra Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1904-1915.




On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[1] The hotel was delicensed in November 1915, and the court paid £700 compensation.[2]


The Alexandra Hotel was in Sturt Street.[1] Hargreaves described the location in 1943 as on the north side of Sturt Street, between Doveton Street and Dawson Street, address 408 Sturt Street.[3]

Earlier hotels on the site were Jamieson's Hotel, Thompson's Hotel, Judd's Hotel, and the Central Hotel.[3]


  • Address: 408 Sturt Street
  • Google maps: 37.561378S, 143.854222E [1]
  • MGA: 752106, 5839020 (54)

As of 2014 this is a retail clothing shop trading as Blue Illusions.


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  • Henry Orr, the husband of the licensee of the Alexandra Hotel, Sturt street, Ballarat. was found dead in his bedroom in a crouching position, par tially dressed, as though preparing for bed. He is supposed to have taken cyanide of potassium. He obtained some the previous day for the purpose, he said, of cleaning brass. He left a note stating that he was quite sober and sane, and that his heart affected him.[6]
  • The case of the Alexandra hotel, Sturt Street, was next taken. Mr M. Lazarus appeared for Thos. J. Murphy licensee) and Samuel Thomas(owner). Senior-constable Patterson said there were 13 rooms in the hotel, and six bed rooms for the use of the public. The building was in good order, and well kept. Lester’s hotel was 117 yards to the east, the Golden City 104 yards south-west, and Newton’s hotel 95 yards south-east. He considered that the Alexandra hotel was required for the convenience of the public, because there was a scarcity of hotels on that side of the street. A different class of people went to Lester’s hotel. Mr Barr—ls Sturt street a dangerous street to cross? Witness—Not that I am aware of. Mr Barr—Then it would be no more inconvenient to walk 50 yards across the street , than to walk 50 yards along the same side?—No. The Chairman—Tattersall’s hotel is just around the corner, 100 yards away. The district is overstocked two to one, and if we are to consider a house be cause there is no other in that particular block, with the exception of a fashionable house, to which only a certain class will go, we will never close any of the excessive pieces. Constable Hayes corroborated the evidence of the last witness. The licensee and several business men gave evidence to show that recently trade at the hotel had been on the up grade. The decision of the board was reserved.[7]
  • As of 31 Dec 1915 the Alexandra Hotel will be delicensed[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014,
  2. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 17, 1943, Ballarat
  4. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928) Thu 11 Jan 1906
  5. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Tue 7 Mar 1911
  6. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928) Thu 11 Jan 1906
  7. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Tue 7 Mar 1911
  8. The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Fri 31 Dec 1915

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