Provincial Hotel

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Provincial Hotel, 2019. Photo Marilyn Jeffs
Provincial Hotel, c1915. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 8254)
Advertisement from the Ballarat Star, 16 November 1893.

The Provincial Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1863-1919>.



Provincial hotel, Lydiard street north; owners, the trustees of the late Wm. Irwin; licensee, John Reid. Mr J. B. Pearson appeared for both parties. Licensing Inspector Balchin said that the Provincial hotel was in the Ballarat West, licensing district-. It was an old wooden building, one story, in poor repair,, kept clean, and fairly well furnished. There were 40 rooms all told. There were old stables attached. The rent was £6 per week, and the assessment £275 per year. There was a conviction in September, 1905, for the bar door being open during prohibited hours. The house was well conducted. It was in a splendid position, near the railway station. It was because the building was such an old one, in such poor repair, that it was put in the list. He had given instructions from time to time to have the building repaired. Mr Andrews—ls it any worse than an old building? Is it insanitary? I would not say that, but it is a dangerous building. About two years ago there were plans prepared for a new building, but it bad not been erected. To Mr Pearson —A decent building in that position would be a necessity. The conviction was for trading early on a Sunday morning, after the arrival of a country train. The house at that time had a late permit. Senior-Constable Robinson said that the hotels in the neighborhood were the Palace, Federal, Cosmopolitan, Grand, George, North Star. He considered that the closing of the hotel would cause inconvenience, but the building was a very old one, and unsuited for the position it held. Constable Byrne said that the building was very dangerous in the state it was. The hotel was a great convenience. Mr Pearson said that the evidence of the police was in favor of the continuance of the license. Despite the alleged dangerous character of the building, he could prove that it was extensively patronised. Mr. Andrews—But if a building is dangerous and well patronised, the patronage bestowed strengthens the argument in favor of closing it up. Mr Pearsonon said that an arrangement had been made for the erection of a brick building, to cost from £8OOO to £10,000,. and a lease would be given then to the Ballarat Brewing Company at a rental of £520. H W. Morrow, of Cuthbert, Morrow, and Must said that plans of a new building had been prepared some time ago, but a delay in building had been caused by the trustees not being able to get the consent of all the beneficiaries, under the will, None of those due to receive money under Mr Irwin's' will had taken any of the income due to them, but had let it accumulate for building purposes. The money was now available for building, and the agreement with the Brewing Company prepared. Percy Richards, architect, said he had prepared plans for a new building on the site of the Provincial Hotel. A portion would be three stories, and a portion two-storied, and the cost would be from,£8000 to £9OOO.[1]

  • In 1922 Mr Alex. Kelly on Saturday sold on behalf of the Ballarat Turf Club the right to collect toll at the outer gates of Dowling Forest for the Ballarat Cup meeting to Mr W. Irwin, of the Provincial hotel, who paid £ll6. The right to collect toll at the shilling reserve was not sold, as the reserve price £300, was not reached.[2]


The Provincial Hotel was built by Squire Johnson for William Irwin.[3]

The architect of the new Provincial Hotel was Percy Richards.

A building which forms one of the landmarks of Ballarat is the new Provincial Hotel. Just erected opposite the railway station on the site occupied forso many years by the old hotel. In a composite style of architecture, and sur mounted by arabesque towers, the build ing is a handsome addition to the already large number of fine structures in Ballarat. The old wooden building which il replaces had been long out of date. The hotel was in existence when the first batch of licenses was issued in 1854, and it Is still the property of the family of the then licensee, the late Mr William Irwin, to whom the license was first issued. The new build ing has been designed by a Ballarat architect, Mr Percy Richards, and In order to secure abundant light and air it has been arranged around a large open court yard, overlooked by long balconies. The hotel has some forty five rooms, there are large dining rooms and convenient sample rooms. The whole structure has been planned, and Its erection carried out on up-to-date lines, at a cose of L12000.[4]


The Provincial Hotel is in Lydiard Street.[5]


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  1. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Thu 30 Apr 1908
  2. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Sat 16 Dec 1922
  3., accessed 18 April 2018.
  4. 14 March 1910.
  5. 5.0 5.1 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014,
  6. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 19 Oct 2016,
  7. F. W. Niven & Co's Ballarat and District Directory for 1888-9
  8. 1893 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016,
  9. 1904 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 May, p. 3. , viewed 19 Sep 2016,
  10. Provincial Hotel Letterhead held by Federation University Historical Collection (cat 8254).
  11. Sands & McDougall's Directory of Ballarat. 1970-1972
  12. 1914 Electoral Roll, Ballaarat, Ballaarat
  13. 1919 Victorian Electoral Roll, Ballaarat, Ballaarat

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