Albion Hotel (Allendale)

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Albion Hotel
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Town Allendale
Closed 1908
Known dates 1886-1908
Demolished 1908
For other Albion Hotels, see Albion Hotel.

The Albion Hotel was a hotel at Allendale, Victoria, <1886-1908.

Background[edit | edit source]

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was a large wooden building in the main street of Allendale. It was destroyed by fire on 8 September 1908.[1] It was between Beckerleg's blacksmith and the Allendale Free Library, both being damaged by the fire.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In March 1883 a man was gaoled after his bad behaviour at the hotel. (The policeman who escorted him to gaol was the father of John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941-1945):

A dilapidated looking individual named Frederick Smith, a miner, belonging to Allandale, was brought before the Creswick Police Court yesterday, to answer three charges, viz, threatening behaviour, making use of abusive language to Miss Smith, daughter of the proprietress of an hotel at Allandale, and resisting Senior-constable Kelleher in the execution of his duty. The prisoner, who received a very bad character in court, was dealt with by the presiding magistrate, Mr Lewers, J.P., as follows: Charge No. 1, 40s, or a month’s imprisonment; No. 2, 20 s, or a week’s imprisonment; No. 3, 40s, or a month’s imprisonment. Owing to shortness of cash, Smith, who is 23 years of age, and a well known character, intimated that he would "take it out.” He was lodged in the Ballarat Gaol yesterday by Constable Curtin, of Creswick.[3]

The hotel was destroyed in September 1908:

ALBION HOTEL DESTROYED. Ballarat, 8th September. At half-past 2 o'clock this morning, the Albion hotel, a large wooden structure, in Main-street, Allendale. was together with its contents, destroyed by fire. The licensee (Mr. J. Mattie) and his family had to make a hasty exit from the building. The origin of the fire is unknown. The premises are owned by the Ballarat Brewing Company, and are insured, but to what extent is at present unknown. The furniture is insured for £200.[1]

The license was surrendered in September 1908:

ALBION HOTEL, ALLENDALE. Owners, the Ballarat Brewing Company; licensee, Mr Joseph Mettere. With regard to the Albion hotel at Allendale, in the Clunes licensing district, the board was asked to accept the surrendered license. Licensing Inspector Ryan stated that, from enquiries made by him, he was satisfied that the hotel was not required.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1908 'FIRE AT ALLENDALE.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 9 September, p. 7, viewed 29 January, 2014,
  2. 1908 'ALLENDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 September, p. 6. , viewed 14 Dec 2016,
  3. 1883 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 March, p. 2. , viewed 18 Aug 2018,
  4. 1908 'ALBION HOTEL, ALLENDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 September, p. 4. , viewed 11 Sep 2021,
  5. 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 Jun 2016,
  6. 1889 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 11 Sep 2021,
  7. 1896 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 3. , viewed 30 Apr 2018,
  8. Clunes Licensing Court, 1897,

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