Lusitania Hotel

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The Lusitania Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, <1883-1891.



It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[1]


At the license reduction hearings, the following description was given of the hotel:

Lusitania hotel- Bride Sanderson, licensee; John Wilson owner A two-storied wooden building, 13 rooms, most of them lath and plastered; fairly well furnished, clean and fairly well conducted; four beds per night; business principally a bar trade...There was a large traffic in the street past the Lusitania...Bride Sanderson, licensee of the Lusitannia hotel, said she had paid £420 to go into the house. Witness did a large trade, and had several regular boarders. Thomas Duffy, J. E. Sadlein, John Wilson (owner) also gave evidence in support.[2]

The owners were paid £820 compensation for the closure of the business.[1] There was a problem with the compensation as mentioned in the Argus, June 1892:

In one of the cases at the above court, that of Mrs Sanderson, licensee of the Lusitania Hotel, certain documents were put in to show that she was entitled to a five years' extension of the lease, but on a question being raised on the point Judge Chomley ruled that the documents being faultily drafted were not legally of any value; hence, instead of granting compensation for five years and four months, he could only do so for four months. His Honour spoke in a rebuking strain of "bush" lawyers leading clients astray by dealing with matters they did not understand. In the case under notice the documents had been drafted by a hotel broker and a wine and spirit merchant's clerk, and their ignorance would probably cause Mrs. Sanderson a loss of £1,000.[3]


This hotel was on the west side, three doors from the north west corner with Victoria Street.[1] Hargreaves identified it in 1940 as being a vacant block, No. 15. This is probably now part of Curtis Street or the McDonald's Restaurant car park.

The hotel was originally named the Bakery Hill Hotel c.1857.[1]


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The People

  • In February 1883, the license was to have been transferred to Eugene Bourdet, formerly of the Imperial Hotel, however he committed suicide on the day of the transfer.[4]
  • From at least June 1888 to June 1892, publican was Mrs. Bride Sanderson.[2]


See also



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 1888 'HUMFFRAY STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 05 Oct 2016,
  3. 1892 'LOCAL OPTION COURT AT BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 25 June, p. 5, viewed 3 February, 2014,
  4. 1883 'DETERMINED SUICIDE AT BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 3 February, p. 12. , viewed 05 Oct 2016,

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