Union Hotel (Sturt Street)

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Former Union Hotel, 2019. Photo Marilyn Jeffs
For other Union Hotels, see Union Hotel.

The Union Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1864-1868>



The business was offered for sale in September 1865:

SATURDAY, 16th SEPTEMBER. Household Furniture, Stock in Trade, JS. CARVER has been favored with instructions from Mrs Smith, who is leaving the hotel, to ecll by auction, at the Union Hotel, Sturt street, on Saturday, 16th September, at 12 o'clock. The whole o£ the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, STOCK, &c Consisting of sofas, chairs, tables, carpets, mirrors, chests drawers, cheffioneers, pictures, bedsteads, bedding, water tanks, and a large variety of sundries, suitable for a hotel, brewer. Terms at sale.[1]

The business was offered for sale in December 1868:

FRIDAY, 18th DECEMBER.SALE BY AUCTION OF The Fine Lofty Two-story Brick Building KNOWN AS THE UNION HOTEL, STURT STREET, NEAR GAS OFFICE, A MOST VALUABLE CENTRAL POSITION, and Commanding a Trade from the BOROUGHS EAST AND WEST, and is as a Business Site THE FLOWER OF BALLARAT, and will be to the Lucky Buyer A SURE VENTURE, and a never failing SOURCE OF PROFIT. JAMES ODDIE and CO. are instructed by the Proprietor, to sell by public competition, on Friday, 18th inst., at One o'clock, on the property, THE UNION HOTEL, built on a frontage to Sturt street of 27 feet 1 inches, extending back 132 feet to Lewis street in rear, being substantially constructed, commodious, convenient, and of lofty and commanding elevation. Accommodation comprises spacious bar, fitted up with counter and shelving, back parlor, large dining hall, lodge-room 18 x 26 feet, 6 bedrooms, kitchen, and servants' quarters, laundry, 5-stall stable, coach-house, and hay loft; also large underground cellar, and rented by Mr Ferrier. It is unnecessary to say more concerning this increasingly valuable property than that owing to its central position it will ever retain its value, while the outside localities may rise or fall, it should therefore be attractive to trustees of minors, executors, and capitalists, as affording a safe and steady return. Any other particular may be had of the auctioneers. Terms of Payment most Liberal[2]



The Union Hotel was in Sturt Street, opposite the tram terminus.[2]


Community Involvement

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People

In July 1864 the publican was Matilda Smith.[3]

  • In October 1865 the license was transferred from Matilda Smith to William Bignell.[4]
  • In 1923 the proprietor was Mat. Hogan.[5]
  • <1970-72> the publican was J.G.Batten[6]


See also




  1. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 September, p. 3. , viewed 12 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112878864
  2. 2.0 2.1 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 17 December, p. 3, viewed 28 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112881942
  3. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 12 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  4. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 October, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 12 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112879362
  5. Beautiful Ballarat, 1923.
  6. Sands & McDougall's Directory of Ballarat. 1970-1972

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--Mjeffs 14:52, 11 December 2018 (AEDT)

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