Alexandra Hotel (Sturt Street)

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Alexandra Hotel
1939 photo of building after having sold in 1916 - photo courtesy of Museums Victoria
Town Ballarat
Street Sturt Street
Closed 31 December 1915
Known dates 1904-1915
Other names Jamieson's Hotel
Thompson's Hotel
Judd's Hotel
Central Hotel
Google maps 37.561378S, 143.854222E

The Alexandra Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1904-1915.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Alexandra Hotel was in Sturt Street.[1] Hargreaves described the location in 1943 as on the north side of Sturt Street, between Doveton Street and Dawson Street, address now 408 Sturt Street.[2]

Location[edit | edit source]

  • Address: 408 Sturt Street
  • Google maps: 37.561378S, 143.854222E [1]
  • MGA: 752106, 5839020 (54)

As of 2014 this is a retail clothing shop trading as Blue Illusions.

Earlier hotels on the site were Jamieson's Hotel, Thompson's Hotel, Judd's Hotel, and the Central Hotel.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In January 1907 the hotel building was offered for sale:

William Little and Co. advertise to sell four fine two-story shops, in Sturt street, the Alexandra hotel, leased by the Ballarat Brewing Company, and shops adjoining, occupied by Messrs Cornell, chemist ; C. W. Harrison, tailor, G. Bongiorno, fruiterer; George Smith, pastrycook. They will be offered in four lots, and are the only remaining properties in the estate of Richard Gib-bings, deceased, and will be offered in the first week in February. Must be sold to wind up the estate.[3]

In March 1911 the hotel's license was reviewed by the License Reduction Board:

The case of the Alexandra hotel, Sturt Street, was next taken. Mr M. Lazarus appeared for Thos. J. Murphy licensee) and Samuel Thomas (owner). Senior-constable Patterson said there were 13 rooms in the hotel, and six bedrooms for the use of the public. The building was in good order, and well kept. Lester’s hotel was 117 yards to the east, the Golden City 104 yards south-west, and Newton’s hotel 95 yards south-east. He considered that the Alexandra hotel was required for the convenience of the public, because there was a scarcity of hotels on that side of the street. A different class of people went to Lester’s hotel. Mr Barr— Is Sturt street a dangerous street to cross? Witness—Not that I am aware of. Mr Barr—Then it would be no more inconvenient to walk 50 yards across the street , than to walk 50 yards along the same side?—No. The Chairman— Tattersall’s hotel is just around the corner, 100 yards away. The district is overstocked two to one, and if we are to consider a house because there is no other in that particular block, with the exception of a fashionable house, to which only a certain class will go, we will never close any of the excessive pieces. Constable Hayes corroborated the evidence of the last witness. The licensee and several business men gave evidence to show that recently trade at the hotel had been on the upgrade. The decision of the board was reserved.[4]

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. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[1] The hotel was delicensed in November 1915, and the court paid £700 compensation.[5]

The majority of the 30 hotels recently, de-licensed in the Ballarat district are now being converted into grocers and fruit shops, while others are being advertised for sale for removal preparatory to the erection of new buildings. The well-known Bull and Mouth Hotel, Doveton St. Ballarat City, which was licensed for over 50 years, has been converted into a medical hall and school of anatomy, while the de-licensed Alexander Hotel (sic), Sturt St. has been purchased for £1875 by Signor J. Bongiorno, Italian fruit merchant. These premises are being re-modelled at a cost ' of some hundreds of pounds. A community known as the Israelite Prophets is negotiating for the purchase of another closed hotel for use as a religious sanctuary. The compensation paid by the Government in connection with the recent delicensing amounted to some £15,000."[6]

The hotel was one of about 40 hotels closed by the License Reduction Board and ceased trading at 9.30pm on 31 December 1915.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

Legacies[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 17, 1943, Ballarat
  3. 1907 'TOWN COUNCIL', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 6. , viewed 30 Apr 2018,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1911 'ALEXANDRA HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 March, p. 4. , viewed 27 Feb 2018,
  5. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015,
  6. Barrier Miner 28/2/1916
  7. 1915 'DELICENSED', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 04 Feb 2018,

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