Victoria Hotel (Main Street)

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The Victoria Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1854-1939>.

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Background

Site

The Victoria Hotel was in Main Street, Ballarat.[1]

One report of the dinner for James M. Tarleton, U.S. Consul in November 1854 places the hotel on the “Red Line”.[2]

A mining report of 1855 locates the hotel on the Red Hill diggings:

Red Hill.— At the back of the Victoria Hotel, some adventurous parties who "know a thing or two" about the locality, have commenced sinking upon the Red Hill Line in the old ground..."[3]

In 1861 the hotel was located on the east side of Main Street (then Main Road) just north of Clayton Street.[4]

History

In October 1855 a robbery at the hotel was reported:

Robbery at Ballarat. — A man named Nathanson was charged by Abraham Rogers, who described himself to be "a commercial traveller," but who appeared to be a hawker of jewellery, with robbing him of a quantity of jewellery from his sleeping apartment at the Victoria Hotel, at Ballarat, on the 3rd instant. It appeared from the statement of complainant that the prisoner slept in the same apartment on the night previous to the robbery, and that on the following morning he obtained the key of the room and absconded with the complainant's stock in-trade; the articles in question. Complainant followed prisoner to Melbourne, and succeeded in causing him to be apprehended on the previous evening, with the stolen property in his possession. Complainant had also missed a draft for £100 upon the London Chartered Bank, which had not been found. When apprehended prisoner had £7 and some pence in copper in his possession. Prisoner, by the advice of his counsel, declined to make any defence, and he was then fully committed tor trial.[5]


Innovations

Community Involvement

  • On 28 November 1854 a dinner was held for James M. Tarleton, U.S. Consul.
  • In January 1866, Mr. Dyte and Mr. Jones, held a political rally at the hotel.[6]
  • In July 1867 the hotel was the venue for a community meeting of residents opposed to government's plan to build a lazar house, for the Chinese lepers, in Clayton Street.[7]
  • In January 1868, a Mr. Thompson, used the hotel for a political meeting for the Ballarat Borough elections.[8]
  • In January 1868 Mr. C. E. Jones spoke to a meeting of electors for the coming election.[9]

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People

Legacies

See also

Notes


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Licencing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324943, (accessed January 17, 2014)
  2. COMPLIMENTARY DINNER. (1854, November 30). Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), p. 4 Edition: DAILY. [1] Reproduced in The Argus 2 December 1854
  3. 1855 'BALLARAT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 30 August, p. 6. , viewed 23 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154898644
  4. Victoria. Mines Department & Braché, J. (Jacob), 1827-1905 & Smyth, R. Brough (Robert Brough), 1830-1889 & Humffray, J. B & Victoria. Surveyor General's Office et al. (1861). Ballaarat gold field. No. 1. R. Brough Smyth, Secretary for Mines, [Melbourne] [2]
  5. 1855 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 9 October, p. 6. , viewed 23 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154890894
  6. 1866 'MESSRS DYTE AND JONES AT THE MAIN ROAD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 January, p. 2. , viewed 22 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112866804
  7. 1867 'THE CHINESE LAZAR HOUSE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 October, p. 3. , viewed 22 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112871565
  8. 8.0 8.1 BALLARAT EAST BOROUGH ELECTION. (1868, January 10). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), , p. 2. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113600299
  9. 1868 'BALLARAT EAST PARLIAMENTAsRY ELECTION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 January, p. 2. , viewed 22 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113600380
  10. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515106
  11. 1868 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 May, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113603296
  12. 1939 'HOTEL TRANSFERS APPROVED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 28 February, p. 2, viewed 3 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12102107


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