Prince Regent Hotel

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The Price Regent Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1857-1922.



The hotel opened in 1857:

Mr Wigley applied on behalf of Augustus Puettlekow, for a license for the Prince Regent Hotel, on the Plank Road. Postponed on account of the house not being ready.

It was closed by the Licence Reduction Board in 1922.[2]


Tobin v. Puttelkow.-This was a remanded case from yesterday, and was a summons issued against the landlord of the Prince Regent Hotel, for selling without a license.
Mr Wigley, who appeared for the defendant, produced a license which was issued after the date of the offence, but he argued that it took effect as from the 1st of July, 1856.
The Bench said a license that would have that effect would be contrary to the schedule of the Act, and could have no other effect than the one contemplated.
Mr Wigley then called
Sarah Jasper, who said she was defendant's barmaid. On the 4th of March, two men came in for drinks, and put down the money. The witness said she could not take the money, and her master told them to put the money back again.
They left the money on the counter.
Another witness gave similar testimony.
Sergeant Robinson deposed that no woman told Tobin and himself to put up the money but the defendant did.
The Bench considered the offence proved, and fined the defendant £50. He gave notice of appeal.

Preliminary Advertisement.
By Order of the Trustees in the Estate of Mr Polkonhorn.
Well known, and doing an excellent business.
J. & T. ODDIE are instructed to sell by auction, on the ground, the following hotels, together with fixtures, furniture, &c., on Monday the 13th July, 1857.
The Prince Regent Hotel,
Caledonian Lead,
Prince Regent Hotel,
Plank Road.
The sale will commence at the Plank Road,
At twelve o'clock,
And at the Caledonian Lead,
At one o'clock,
On MOnday, the 13th July.

MR. W. C. SMITH.-On the premises, Plank Road, at twelve o'clock, the Prince Regent Hotel.

Unprecedented Opportunity.
SITUATE on the Plank Road, at the foot of the world renowned Prince Regent Gully, now doing a first-rate business which can be proved on inspection of the books. The present proprietor being about to leave Ballarat is the only reason he has for disposing of the above. The house is in first-rate condition, well furnished, good bagatelle table, &c., the whole of which, with the house, will be sold to any one making a reasonable offer. Futher [sic] particulars and inspection of the premises can be obtained on application to R. G. Dalton, at the Hotel.

ANOTHER DISASTROUS FIRE AT BALLARAT.-About 10 minutes past 11 o'clock on Saturday night another disastrous fire was announced by the ominous pealing of the fire-bell, and in the direction of the plank]road was visible a large sheet of fire, which shot forth above the surrounding ranges, and brilliantly illuminated the district for miles around. The scene of the fire was supposed by many to be on the Golden Point, or the lower part of the Main-road; but appearances in the present instance were deceptive, as the fire was opposite the Prince Regent Hotel, two miles at least from Ballarat, and broke out in the "Eagle Store," belonging to Raphael Brothers. We had an opportunity this time of seeing the alacrity and promptitude which characterises the Fire]brigade, for from the time that the fire-bell gave the first alarm until the engine had laft the engine-house, it was not more than four minutes. The brigade had anticipated that a fire would either signalise the departure of the old year or bring in the new one, and they had both horse and engine ready for the emergency; but on arriving at the scene of the fire it was found that no human efforts could save the premises in flames, as the fire had licked up one tenement after the other with a rapidity quite astonishing, and in 15 minutes four families were left houseless and in some instances penniless. The fire, as we before observed, broke out in the premises of Raphael Brothers, who kept a very extensive establishment, which was divided into four compartments or stores, one part being stocked with drapery, the second with boots and shoes, the third with ironmongery, and the fourth with china and crockery. The fire is supposed to have originated in the kitchen, as follows:-A row had taken place outside the Prince Regent Hotel, and the parties in the store who had been in the kitchen at supper, rushed out to see it, and left the candle lighted after them. On turning round they observed the place on fire. Senior constable Gorman was on duty in the district, and on going into the store he found no person within. An effort was made to extinguish the fire, but it proved abortive, and the flames spread with wonderful rapidity. Several flasks of gunpowder exploded, and shot forth like rockets, scattering far and near everything that came within reach of the concussion. Various parties busily employed themselves in aiding Mr. Nettles, the surveyor, who lived in the adjoining house, to save some of his property, in which the succeeded to a limited extent. Amongst the articles which this gentleman lost by the fire were a valuable gold watch and theodolite. We understand that he was about removing to Buninyong this day with his wife and family, who were in bed at the time that the fire broke out, and had a very narrow escape with their lives. The adjoining store of Mrs. Bourke, who is a widow woman, and kept a greengrocery, was also burned down, as well as that of a poor woman named Williams, whose husband, unfortunately, is undergoing a sentence of imprisonment for horse-stealing. A small right-of-way, about four yards wide, separated Mr. Martin's store from the conflagration, and a number of men got on the roof and kept the gable end of the store and the roof saturated with water; wet blankets were also used, and at one time it appeared doomed to destruction, as the fire licked up the water and burned through some of the blankets, but fortunately it was extinguished. Several water-carts were quickly on the spot, and some difficulty was experienced in the first instance by the brigade and others in obtaining water. Mr. Inspector Nicholas was present and a large body of police. Raphael Brothers were insured in the Melbourne Insurance Office to the extent of £350, but their total loss may be estimated at £1,700. The others were uninsured, and the entire loss may be set down at £2,000. A large number of persons was present during the fire, principally from Ballarat, and the brigade returned to town at half-past 12 o'clock.-Star.[7]

(Before W. Scott and W. B. Rodier, Esqr., J.P.'s.)
The following applications were granted:-
Thomas Jagger, Prince Regent Hotel...
(To the Editor of the Star.)
SIR,-In looking over the Star of Wednesday, I observed that Messrs Rodier and Scott granted pulbicans' licenses to Thos. Jagger, of the Prince Regent Hotel, and James Spargo, of the Halfway House. Now, both the houses alluded to are outside the municipal boundary, and the two gentlemen named are only municipal magistrates, and consequently their jurisdiction does not extend to the houses in question. How then could they assume the power of granting the licenses alluded to? Surely Mr Rodier, who boasts of his legal knowledge, ought to be aware of this fact, especially as he is an old magistrate, and not lead the Chairman of the Council, into a nice "little difficulty," while making unfortunate publicans believe they are duly licensed, when they are not, and may be "stuck up" by the police as sly grogsellers.
Yours truly,

Thursday, 13th June.
(Before S. T. Clissold, Esq, P.M., and B. S. Hassell, and C. J. Little, Esqs, J.P.'s.)
Thomas Jagger, Prince Regent Gully, Prince Regent Hotel. Granted...

Wednesday, 17th June.
(Before the Police Magistrate, and Messrs R.J. Hobson, M.B., and F. Young, Justices of the Peace.)
John O'Keeffe, Prince Regent Hotel, Plank Road.

David Brogden, Thos. Nicholls, and Joseph Veit were charged with being found on the licensed premises of the Prince Regent Hotel on Sunday, 14th November. Brogden did not appear. The other defendants pleaded not guilty.
Const O'Neill stated that Brogden said he came for a drink, but could not get it; Nicholls said he came for dinner, and Veit said he came to see Lina.
Const Morey also gave evidence.
Thos. Nicholls, miner, stated that he had dinner at the hotel.
The P.M.: You were drunk. Where did you get the liquor?-Oh, no.
Joseph Veit stated that he went to see if he could bet board at the hotel.
The defendants were each fined £2.

In the Ballarat Court on Friday, William Brennan, licensee of the Prince Regent Hotel, was charged with having permitted gaming on his licensed premises on May 1. Constable Gedden stated that when he entered the hotel he found a game of euchre in progress, with money on the table. A fine of £2 was imposed.[13]


Located on the Plank Road on the Caledonian Lead.

Polychrome patterned brickwork and arch features of the existing building are also found on the former Ballarat East Post Office - designed by John Hudson Marsden and built 1884-1885.[14]


Community Involvement

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People


  • 19 June 1862 - Thomas Jagger
  • 18 June 1863 - John O'Keefe[15]
  • December 1874 - John O'Keefe.[16]
  • Henry Jonathon Gates - before June 1908[17]
  • 5 June 1908 - Helena Evangelina Fiscalini[18]
  • 22 December 1919 - William J. Brennan[19]
  • 8 December 1920 - Esther Rickard[20]
  • Owned by Coghland & Tulloch as at 31 December 1922.[21]


See also



  1. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Saturday 14 February 1857, page 2.
  2. 1922 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 February, p. 20, viewed 24 December, 2014,
  3. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 11 March 1857, page 2.
  4. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 8 July 1857, page 3.
  5. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 16 September 1857, page 3.
  6. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Saturday 18 September 1858, page 3.
  7. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tuesday 3 January 1860, page 7.
  8. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 30 May 1860, page 2.
  9. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Friday 1 June 1860, page 4.
  10. <The Star (Ballarat, VIc. : 1855 - 1864), Friday 14 June 1861, page 1S.
  11. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Thursday 18 June 1863, page 4.
  12. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Thursday 16 December 1915, page 7.
  13. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Saturday 29 May 1920, page 17.
  15. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014,
  16. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 17 December, 2015,
  17. VPRS 8159, P0002, P, P the Collection/Browse The Collection/Sub-Item Details&entityId=090fe2738128d4f9
  18. VPRS 8159, P0002, P, P the Collection/Browse The Collection/Sub-Item Details&entityId=090fe2738128d4f9
  19. VPRS 8159, P0002, P, P the Collection/Browse The Collection/Sub-Item Details&entityId=090fe2738128d4f9
  20. VPRS 8159, P0002, P, P the Collection/Browse The Collection/Sub-Item Details&entityId=090fe2738128d4f9
  21. VPRS 8159, P0002, P, P the Collection/Browse The Collection/Sub-Item Details&entityId=090fe2738128d4f9

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Harrison Funerals - current occupiers of the site

--Beth Kicinski 10:16, 1 October 2013 (EST)

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