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.
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.
The owners were paid £820 compensation for the closure of the business. 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.
This hotel was on the west side, three doors from the north west corner with Victoria Street. 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.
- 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.
- From at least June 1888 to June 1892, publican was Mrs. Bride Sanderson.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 1888 'HUMFFRAY STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 05 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443845
- ↑ 1892 'LOCAL OPTION COURT AT BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 25 June, p. 5, viewed 3 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8433516
- ↑ 1883 'DETERMINED SUICIDE AT BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 3 February, p. 12. , viewed 05 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8494067