Albion Consols Hotel

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Albion Consols Hotel
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Town Sebastopol
Street Cnr. Hertford and Grant Streets
Closed 17 December 1873
Known dates 1869-1873
Demolished 17 December 1873
Google maps -37.586917, 143.830328 approximate position

The Albion Consols Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1869-1873>

Site[edit | edit source]

The Albion Consols Hotel was in Sebastopol[1], on the road to Smythesdale (Hertford Street, aslo the Glenelg Highway)[2] Another newspaper report placed it on the corner of Hertford and Grant Streets.[3]

Google maps:approximate position

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel would have been named after the Albion Consols Company, a large gold mining company in Ballarat.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was destroyed by fire in the early hours of 17 December 1873:

FIRE AT BALLARAT. Our correspondent, writing on Tuesday evening, says:—"The firemen who went to bed last night, exhausted by the repeated calls on their, exertions yesterday, in the face of a fiery wind and a blazing sun, and who fondly hoped to enjoy a good night's rest, were denied that luxury, as a little after 2 o'clock this morning a great sheet of flame shot up in the south, and the watchman had again to ring out and call the volunteers to duty. This fire seems to be easily accounted for; it was another of those kerosene lamp accidents. It appears that Mr. John Sheehan, who keeps the Albion Consols Hotel, on the Smythesdale road, had occasion to stay late at Ballarat, and Mrs. Sheehan, on retiring to rest, left a kerosene lamp burning in a room between the bar find that, in which she slept. After having slept some time the cries of her youngest child awoke her, when to her horror she saw the house in flames. She had just sufficient time to rouse the sleeping children to a knowledge of their danger, and to direct them, to wait for nothing but to run out for their lives, when she followed with the youngest, and all were saved, though in nothing but their nightdresses. But fortunately the night was very warm, and the want of clothing was no inconvenience in that respect. The Sebastopol and City brigades turned out but the fire-plug was so distant from the burning house, that it required the united lengths of the hoses to reach it and before water could be got to be of any avail, the place was reduced to ashes. Mr. Sheehan was only partially insured.[2]

Location details:

"...the Albion Consols Hotel, at the corner of Hertford and Grant streets, Sebastopol, had been entirely burned to the ground and that not a vestige of or clothing had been saved.[3]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In March 1872 it is known as Swan's Albion Consols Hotel.[5]
  • In December 1873 the publican was John Sheehan.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 17, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1873 'FIRE AT BALLARAT.', The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), 20 December, p. 15. , viewed 15 Jan 2017,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1873 'FIRES IN BALLARAT AND NEIGHBOURHOOD.', Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), 18 December, p. 3. , viewed 15 Jan 2017,
  4. 1870 'ALBION CONSOLS COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 July, p. 2. , viewed 15 Jan 2017,
  5. 1872 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 7 March, p. 3. , viewed 15 Jan 2017,

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