Cohen's Grand Hotel

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Cohen's Grand Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1884-1916>.



The large hotel, with over 100 rooms, was built in 1884 by Mr. Cohen.[1]


The hotel was on the west side of Lydiard Street[2], Ballarat, the site had previously been Woolstencroft's Hotel.[1]


The Ballarat Star reported the opening of the hotel in glowing terms in December 1884:

COHEN’S GRAND HOTEL AND IMPERIAL DININGROOMS. The inhabitants of Ballarat may well be proud of such an institution as Cohen’s Grand hotel, which stands on the site of the old hostelry known as Woolstencroft’s. The Grand hotel is one of the commanding buildings in the city, and cannot fail to strike the eye of the visitors. It has a frontage to Lydiard street of 31 1/2 feet, and rises four storeys in height. The building is substantially constructed of brick with a plastered front. The interior vies with the exterior for superb design, the appointments of the 101 rooms compare favourably for elegance of style with many of the first-class hotels in the various towns in the colony. The upper plats have been furnished throughout at a very heavy expenditure. The floors of the parlors and bedrooms are laid with Brussels carpets, and the passages with linoleums. In one parlor or receiving room, surrounded with mirrors, the musically inclined may listen to a fine-toned Swechten piano. The bedrooms, which are capable of supplying accommodation for 200 persons, are fitted with double ventilators, which induce a constant current of air and preclude draughts. In the course of time Mr Cohen intends making still further improvements, by carrying out an extension of the main building, by which means a very large number of bedrooms will be added. The contemplated addition is in a sense necessary, as the sleeping accommodation at the hotel is even now taxed to its uttermost. The lavatories and bathrooms have been fitted up in the best style, and hot-water and service pipes are laid on to those rooms. The storeroom contains provisions which Mr Cohen purchases in wholesale quantities, being thus enabled to provide a first-class meal at a small cost to the customer. The enterprising caterer contracts for the supply of meat by the year, so that he is not affeoted by the rise or decline of prices. The diningroom, opening upon the street, is 80 feet in length, and is capable of seating a great number. At night time the chandeliers and coloured globes give the place a very pleasant appearance. A copper urn, regulated to supply coffee, tea, or milk, as required, is placed in the diningroom. The kitchen is extensive, containing every appliance necessary for such a large establishment. The bar is fitted with mirrors, making it very light and attractive. Immediately at the back are three parlours, always available for use. Mr T. Egginton, of Windermere street, who was the contractor for the building, has carried out his work most satisfactorily under the direction of the architects, Messrs Caselli and Figgis. Messrs Whitelaw and Atkinson were the contractors for the masonry, Mr Donaldson for the painting, and Mr Monsborough for the plumbing. We understand that Mr Cohen will shortly establish a library to add to the conveniences of the hotel and coffee tavern. Mr Cohen, who has resided on Ballarat for many years, is entitled to much credit for his spirited enter prise in enlarging his establishment to suit the times, and he certainly deserves success in his undertaking.[1]

In 1895 a married women named Ellen Murphy was found dead in her bed. [3]

In 1911 a man was found hanged in one of the bedrooms.[4]

Community Involvement

The People

  • In December 1884 the publican and owner was Mr. Cohen.[1]
  • In 1915 Henry Geach and Edward Gorry were cooks at the hotel.[5]


See also



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1884 'COHEN’S GRAND HOTEL AND IMPERIAL DININGROOMS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 3, viewed 23 October, 2015,
  2. 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 August, p. 4, viewed 26 October, 2015,
  3. The Age Melbourne. 16 Feb 1895
  4. 1911 'MAN FOUND HANGED.', Daily Post (Hobart, Tas. : 1908 - 1918), 29 April, p. 6, viewed 4 October, 2015,
  5. 1915 Victorian Electoral Roll, Ballarat, Ballaarat

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