North Grant Hotel

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The North Grant Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1862-1934.



This hotel had several name changes[1]

The North Grant Hotel was originally a wooden building erected in the 1850s.[1] This building was burned down on 26 March 1893.[1] A new three storey building (existing) was built by Charles Octavius Straker.[1]


In December 1932, the publican Patrick Sheedy, shot the barmaid and the manager in argument about the hotel takings. Winifred Brooks was killed and Henry Lloyd lost his eye. Sheedy was charged, found guilty and later executed.[1]


The North Grant Hotel was in Bridge Street, Ballarat, [2] on the south east corner with Peel Street. This is now 92 Bridge Street.


Community Involvement

In February 1882 the hotel provided entertainment by having a brass band play from the balcony:

Prout’s band performed last evening in the balcony of Mr Bird Speed’s North Grant hotel. There was a: large attendance of the public, and a varied and choice programme was gone through. The following was the programme; —Grand march, “Festival” (R. Smith); valse, “ Brunette” (E. Leconte); fantasia, “On guard” (L. Bousquier); quadrille, “ Autumn” (Arnaud); waltz, “ The wayward beauty” (R. Smith); quick march, “The busy Welshman" (T. Wright); glee, “Fill the shining goblet” (Barry); gallop, “Flossie" (R. Smith;; "God save the Queen.”[3]

Having a large crowd in the street did cause an unfortunate accident:

Benjamin Jonas, aged 11 years, son of Mr Jonas, of the Earl of Zetland hotel, Bridge street, met with a somewhat singular accident last night. The boy was listening to the music discoursed by Prout's band, at the North Grant hotel, and was walking along the pavement, when he accidentally trod on a lady’s “train.” The fatal step had the effect of capsizing the boy, and he fell heavily to the ground, breaking one of his arms between the wrist and the elbow. Mr Jonas at once despatched a messenger for Dr Hudson, the family physician, but that gentleman was out of town at the time. As the case would not admit of delay, the unfortunate lad was conveyed to the Hospital, where the injured arm was set by Dr Owen, and the boy subsequently returned home.[3]

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Workplace Relations

The People


The building is still standing.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Former Centenary Hotel, Ballarat Buildings, Buildings and Architecture in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia,, accessed 19 January 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Licencing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4,, (accessed January 19, 2014)
  3. 3.0 3.1 1882 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star, 11 February, p.2., viewed 17 Jul 2016,
  4. 1865 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 25 August, p. 3, viewed 13 March, 2014,
  5. 1873 'BALLARAT EAST QUARTERLY LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 September, p. 2. , viewed 22 Jul 2016,
  6. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2, viewed 11 September, 2015,
  7. 1878 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 January, p. 2. , viewed 16 Jul 2016,
  8. 1883 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 August, p. 3. , viewed 16 Jul 2016,
  9. 1883 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 December, p. 4. , viewed 16 Jul 2016,
  10. 1929 'PROVINCIAL CITIES AND TOWNS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 29 November, p. 16, viewed 8 October, 2015,
  11. 1930 'LICENCES TRANSFERRED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 27 May, p. 6, viewed 3 February, 2014,

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