Royal Mail Hotel (Albert Street)

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Royal Mail Hotel, 2019. Photo Marilyn Jeffs
For other hotels with the same or similar names, see Royal Mail Hotel.

The Royal Mail Hotel was a hotel in Sebastopol, Victoria, <1915>.



The Royal Mail Hotel opened in 1866, and the current front was added to the building in 1924.[1] Before the new front was built the door was at the front left hand corner.[2]

In 1866 T. Pengelly of the Royal Mail Hotel requested permission from the Sebastopol Borough Council to break the pathway to enable the building of a cellar.[3]


On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. Licensing district hearings for hotels on this list were to be held at the Ballarat Supreme Court on 11 May.[4]

The Royal Mail Hotel was court-appointed a liquidator in April 2018.[5]


The Royal Mail Hotel was on the north west corner of Albert Street, Sebastopol and Queen Street, Sebastopol.[4]


Community Involvement

The Royal Mail Hotel in Sebastopol was the last tram stop during the era of Ballarat trams.

Works Produced

Workplace Relations


1865 - James Leonard[6]

1866 - T. Pengilley[7]

1866 - F.H. Ingle, former mayor of Sebastopol.

1906 - December 1906 the license was transferred from James Powlett to James W. Dowd.[8]

1925 - Roderick McKissock <1925[9]

The Licensing Court has approved of the transfer of the following victuallers' licences:— Royal Mail Hotel, Sebastopol, Roderick McKissock to Lawrence Flynn. ... [10]

1925 - Lawrence Flynn 1925>[11]

1931 - Peter J. Mattei Licensee

1931 - Ballarat Brewing Company Owner

1933 - Albert Foote

1933 - Elsie Lynch

1970-71 - the licencee was W.G.Hocking[12]

1972 - the licencee was M & FJ Darcy[13]

c1987 - October 1993 Brian Miller Licensee

October 1993- January 2000 - Tony and Sue Walsh Licensees

c1997 - Freehold purchased by Sebastopol Football Club

January 2000-c2008 - Greg Vowles Licensee

2012 - Don and Gayle Butterworth

2018 - Royal Mail Hotel (Ballarat) Pty Ltd[14]

December 2016 and July 2018 - the hotel licensee was company director Tanya Farrell.[15][16]


Lisa Radnell, bistro manager <2018[17]


See also




I had the pleasure to-day of viewing available and interesting collection of shells at the residence of Mr F. H. Ingle, of the Royal Mail hotel. The shells were presented to Mr lngle by the engineer of a boat connected with .the Western Australian pearl fisheries, and' include the sword, of a sword fish, and a shell dress of the wife of one of the native chiefs.' The collection is well worth inspection.<re>Ballarat Star, 29 January 1885.</ref>


  1. Ballarat Courier, 6 July 2018.
  2. Reminiscences of Julia Walsh, former publicans daughter.
  3. Ballarat Star, 16 October 1866.
  4. 4.0 4.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014,
  5. Ballarat Courier, 03 July 2018.
  6., accessed on 09/10/2014.
  7., accessed on 09/10/2014.
  8. 1906 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 14 Jun 2018,
  9. The Argus, 27 October 1925.
  10. The Argus, 27 October 1925.
  11. The Argus, 27 October 1925.
  12. Sands & McDougall's Directory of Ballarat. 1970-1972
  13. Sands & McDougall's Directory of Ballarat. 1970-1972
  14. Ballarat Courier, 03 July 2018.
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named jan17
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named jul18
  17. Ballarat Courier, 03 July 2018.

Further Reading

External Links

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--Mjeffs 16:12, 11 December 2018 (AEDT) --Mjeffs 12:18, 28 May 2019 (AEST)

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