Albion Hotel (Clunes)

For other Albion Hotels, see Albion Hotel.

The Albion Hotel was a hotel in Clunes, Victoria, <1863-1906.

Albion Hotel
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History
Town Clunes
Street Fraser Street
Closed 30 October 1906
Known dates 1863-1906
Demolished Destroyed by fire, 1906

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The Albion Hotel was in Fraser Street, Clunes.[1] A two storey wooden building was originally Connell's store, but operating as a hotel by 1864.[1] Sinclair wrote that the building was not standing by 1879[1], however an Albion Hotel at Clunes was licensed in 1886.[2]

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In March 1865 a man was charged after a stabbing at the hotel:

At the Clunes Police Court, on Thursday-before Messrs C. J. Harvey and P. Mark, Justices of the Peace-Joseph Wills was charged with having assaulted one James Alderson with intent to do grievous bodily harm. It appeared that prosecutor and prisoner were drinking at the Albion Hotel on the night previous, and, having a quarrel, the prisoner tried to stab the prosecutor. The latter, however, on entering the witness-box this morning was so drunk that the Bench committed him for twenty-four hours, and remanded the prisoner for a similar period.[3]

It was offered for sale in December 1868:

THE ALBION HOTEL for SALE, in Eraser street, CLUNES, doing a very good trade. For particulars apply at the hotel, to W. Wingate, who wishes to retire from business[4]

In October 1906 the publican was fined for allowing gambling in the hotel:

"PLAYING LUDO" IN A HOTEL. CLUNES, Sunday. William Mayne, licensee of the Albion Hotel, was fined £2 on Friday by the local bench for allowing an unlawful game— dice —to be played on his licensed premises. The defence was that several men who were in the bar were "shaking" for fun, as the licensee intended to shout, no matter who lost. The licensee, stated he only kept dice for playing "ludo" and the race game with his wife and family, but the bench did not accept this story.[5]

The hotel was destroyed by a fire on the night of 30 October 1906:

ALBION HOTEL BURNT. The Albion Hotel, in Fraser street, a wooden building, containing eight rooms and a bar, was completely gutted by fire about 7.30 on Tuesday morning. Nearly the whole of the furniture, etc., were also destroyed. It appears that the outbreak of fire had occurred in one of the rooms about an hour earlier, and had been extinguished, as was thought at the time, but evidently, some smouldering parts had escaped notice, and led to the second outbreak. On the alarm being given the brigade were promptly on the scene, and, having a strong pressure of water, did splendid work. The large wooden residence of Mr W. Barkell, on the one side, and the residence and fruit shop of Mr S. Owen on the other, narrowly escaped destruction, being saved by the efforts of the firemen. The hotel building, and contents was owned by the Ballarat Brewing Company, and was insured, but the amounts are not known locally.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J. M. Sinclair, Clunes in 1863 and 1879, first published in 1881, edited by Mac Jenkins, http://members.westnet.com.au/talltrees/clunes/, accessed 28 February 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210840183
  3. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 March, p. 2. , viewed 20 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112885106
  4. 4.0 4.1 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
  5. 5.0 5.1 1906 '"PLAYING LUDO" IN A HOTEL.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 8 October, p. 6. , viewed 27 Jul 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201682310
  6. 1906 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 October, p. 2. , viewed 20 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210689125
  7. 1864 'CLUNES POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2, viewed 8 May, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345736
  8. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE. CITY COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833122
  9. 1882 'CLUNES LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 13 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250130951
  10. 1883 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 4. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201619510
  11. VICTUALLERS’ ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1886; 1914 - 1918), 13 August, p. 3. , viewed 26 Jun 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article265597185
  12. 1891 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 4. , viewed 23 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204319481
  13. 1896 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 August, p. 1. , viewed 31 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207491741


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