Grand Hotel

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Former Grand Hotel, 2019. Photo Marilyn Jeffs

The Kew Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1874>.



In 1907 there were 60 rooms in the Grand Hotel.[1]

Also known as The Bended Ebow


The hotel was in Lydiard Street in 1907.[2]


The Miners Tavern close its doors today February 22 2019[3]

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Elizabeth Coulson, licensee of the Grand hotel, Lydiard street, applied to have the assessment on her premises altered from £300 to £200.
Mr Pearson, who appeared for the applicant, said that in previous years, when the rent of the hotel was double that of the present, the valuation - was fixed at £300 by the City valuer, but this year it had: been reduced to £200. The assessment had been sent in for licensing purposes as £300. Sub-Inspector Balchin, as licensing inspector, opposed the application. George James Liddiard, City rate col lector and valuer pro tem., said he knew the Grand hotel premises well. The assessment was £200 and it was made by Mr C. Whitehead,-the ex-valuer. The valuation was adopted by the City-Council. To Sub-Inspector Balchin—The rate book showed that the licensee of the hotel paid £3 per week rental,.and the rates. The Cosmopolitan Hotel adjoining the Grand, was assessed at £300. The rental paid by the licensee of this hotel was £8 per week. J. B. Millington, manager: for Coghlan and Tulloch, said the Grand hotel was the property of the Brewing Com pany. Until thelast 12 months the trade at the hotel had been very un satisfactory. His Honor—That-might depend:- a good deal upon the tenant. Mr Pearson—That is so.' Witness said that the tenant previous to the present one was supposed t0 have paid £6 per week. The £3 per week rent, as paid by the Coulsons; "as a fair one for the trade that was doing at the time they went in. he thought the £200 valuation was a very fair one. He could not tell-the court the capital value of the hotel. Sub-Inspector Balchin—You charged the last tenant £6 per week, and when they couldn’t make the place pay you didn’t attempt to reduce it? Witness—l did not attempt to collect it, either. But the hotel was badly conducted wasn’t: it? — Not that I know. Mrs.Coulson has to-buy all her beer from you, hasn't she?—Yes. Wouldyou let her have the place at a rental of £3 if she didn’t get the beer from you ?—No, I would not, or at £6 per, week either. What is the furniture in the hotel valued at?—Four years ago it was valued at £420, but I think it would be a little more now, as new furniture has since been added. Wm. H. Chandler, auctioneer, valuer etc., said that in his opinion £200 was a very reasonable valuation for the Grand hotel. To Sub-Inspector. Balchin-He had never valued an hotel before. There were 60 rooms in the hotel. He considered that, at the present time, £3 per week was a fair, rental for the property, even considering that Mr Millington would not let the house for that sum unless the beer was bought from the Brewing Company Frederick Fricke - auctioneer ; and valuer, said he had had long experience in valuing Ballarat and other properties. He considered £2OO was a far ad reasonable valuation of the Grand hotel. To Sub-Inspector Balchin—He had previousiy valued hotels for the pur poses of insurance but not for aseessment. This was the evidence of the applicant. Sub-inspector Balchin called-Wm. J assistant clerk of courts, who produced declarations made by Mrs Coulson of liquors purchased by her in 1906 and 1907. Elizabeth Coulson. licensee of the Grand Hotel, said that the Signatures to the declarations were hers. ...[7]
At the City Court yesterday, Elizabeth Coulson, licensee of the Grand. Hotel, was charged with having allowed a drunken, man on her hotel promises. Constable Carey deposed that the licensee's husband was the person concerned. Mrs. Coulsen stated that her husband had been on a drinking bout, and was being specially treated by her in a private parlor, when Constable Carey found him lying on a couch. Mr. Goldsmith, P.M., accepted the police evidence that the man was drunk, but said he would rule, as he had done before, that the husband of a licensee was in the same position, as a lodger, and could not be considered to be drunk on the licensed premises when in a private part of the premises. The case was dismissed[8]


  1. Ballarat Star, 05 December 1907.
  2. Ballarat Star, 05 December 1907.
  3.,accessed 19th March 2019
  4. F. W. Niven & Co's Ballarat and District Directory for 1888-9
  5. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Thu 23 Apr 1908
  6. Ballarat Star, 05 December 1907
  7. Ballarat Star, 05 December 1907
  8. Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929) Sat 28 Jan 1911

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--Mjeffs 12:38, 5 March 2019 (AEDT)

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