Atlantic Hotel

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Atlantic Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Skipton Street
Opened 1864
Closed 2014
Known dates 1864-2014
Other names Prince Charlie Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1864-2014.

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The Atlantic Hotel was at 628 Skipton Street.[1] In 1868 it was described as being next to the Band of Hope No. 2 shaft.[2]

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The hotel had previously been called the Prince Charlie Hotel as mentioned in this advertisment from September 1864:

DANIEL BROPHY having opened the Atlantic Hotel (late Prince Charlie) Sebastopol road, solicits a call from all old friends.[3]

The hotel was offered for sale in October 1866:

TUESDAY, 23rd OCTOBER. SPLENDID INVESTMENT. J. S. CARVER has been favored with instructions from Mr Brophy to sell by auction, on Tuesday. 23rd October, on the premises, at twelve o'clock, THE ATLANTIC HOTEL, Adjoining the No. 2 shaft of THE BAND OF HOPE COMPANY. This hotel is now doing a first-class business, and the proprietor is retiring from it in consequence of having made a competency. The auctioneer has therefore every confidence in recommending tho above as a first-class investment that must result in a fortune to the purchaser. Terms-Half cash, remainder at six and twelve months. The Auctioneer has been requested by Mr Brophy to contradict the rumor that he intends to build another hotel. He will give a guarantee to the purchaser of the Atlantic of £1000 that he does not go into the public line again for years. J. S. CARVER, Auctioneer. THURSDAY, 13th OCTOBER.[4]

In September 1869 the hotel was advertising for a goat in full milk or about to kid.[5]

In February 1873 the hotel was being offered for lease.[6]

In August 1874 another local publican made an unsuccessful attempt to move to the Atlantic Hotel:

An application was made by Mrs Johanna Dalton, of the Star of Erin hotel, Skipton street, to have the license for that hotel cancelled, and to have the license for the Atlantic hotel transferred from Edmond Daly to herself. The application was refused.[7]

In March 1877 the publican was charged:

SUNDAY TRADING. — John Airey, landlord of the Atlantic hotel, was charged with Sunday trading. Constable Riordan stated that he saw a man named Matthew Jenkins leaving defendant's hotel with some beer in his possession. As, however, this man did not appear, the case had to be adjourned to the 6th proximo.[8]

In December 1877 the police objected to the renewal of the license:

John Airey, Atlantic hotel, dilapidation and inadequate furniture; Mr Salter, for the licensee said that the place was being repaired, and the case was adjourned to 28th inst.[9]

On 27 August 1882, the original building was destroyed by a fire:

FIRE IN SKIPTON STREET. The Atlantic hotel, Skipton street, Redan, was totally destroyed by fire on Sunday morning, between 2 and 3 o’clock. The house consisted of eight rooms, all of wood, and detached were three other rooms and a laundry. A part of the detached rooms is still standing, and the laundry is not greatly damaged, but the main building has nothing left but a portion of one wall. It was owned by Magill and Coghlan, and was insured in the National Fire Insurance Company’s office, Ballarat, for £200. The occupier was Mr William Scott, who had insured his stock, furniture, and clothing in the Victorian Fire Insurance Company, Ballarat, for £250. Mr Scott stated that before going to bed at midnight; he saw that all the lights In the house were put out, except the kitchen fire, which was in the centre of the building. At about half-past 2 he was awakened by the noise of fire among the shingles, and on rising, discovered that the kitchen was in flames. The fire was already spreading over the building with great rapidity, and it was with some difficulty that he and his family made their escape. Constable Doyle, in charge of the Redan police station, arrived on the scene with Constable Biggs almost immediately. A hose from the No. 7 Band and Albion Consols was very soon brought to bear on the building and shortly afterwards, the Ballarat City Fire Brigade engine came up. The house was, however, all in flames in a very short space of time, and all that could be done was to save the adjoining houses, which was successfully done by the firemen and constables. The Band and Albion Consols office (Serjeant’s) is next door on the left hand, and suffered slightly, the glass in a window being broken, and the outside of the wall nearest the Atlantic charred. The house had a narrow escape, however, for a corner of the roof caught fire at one time, but was speedily extinguished. On the right is the private residence of Mrs Clarke, but that escaped without any damage. Had not the brigade arrived promptly, there can be no doubt that the Band and Albion Consols office would have shared the fate of the hotel. The Atlantic hotel was by no means a new structure, having been built certainly more than 20 years ago. It was at one period for some years in the occupation of Mr D. Brophy, M.L.A.[10]

In March 1904 the publican Ellen Jacka was fined £2 for Sunday trading.[11] In November 1905 she was fined 40 shillings with £1 11/ costs, for having the wrong trademark on bottles of spirits.[12]

In March 1906 the publican was fined:

On Friday, at the City Court, Ellen Jacka, licensee of the Atlantic Hotel, Redan, was lined £5 for having her bar door unlocked on Sunday, 18th February. Defendant pleaded guilty, and the hearing of a second charge of Sunday trading was adjourned with a view to withdrawal, as Mrs. Jacka is negotiating for the transfer of her licence.[13]

In November 1908, charges against the publican for Sunday trading were dismissed in court:

At the city court on Friday Daniel Anderson, Hugh Bowes and John Williams were charged with being on the licensed premises of the Atlantic Hotel, Skipton-street, on Sunday, 8th inst. The cases were dismissed, whereupon Inspector Ryan withdrew a charge of having the bar door open preferred against the licensee of the hotel.[14]

BALLARAT, Friday.- Daniel Anderson, Hugh Bowse, and John Williams were today charged with having been in the Atlantic Hotel, Redan, on Sunday, November 8. Constable Craig and Spottiswood gave evidence that at 10 o'clock at night they visited the hotel and found three men standing in a room, the light light having been extinguished. Anderson said he had called to get some lotion, Bowse wished to see the newspaper, and Williams had called for a friend. They admitted that they had gone into the room to avoid meeting the police. The cases were dismissed, and a charge against the licensee, Hector Norman Wood, of having traded on Sunday was withdrawn.[15]

In December 1915 the hotel was raided by the police and the publican and several men were charged:

In the city court on Friday, James Tresize, licensee of the Atlantic Hotel, Ballarat South, was charged with having permitted persons to assemble on his licensed premises during prohibited hours and allowed them to play a game of cards known as 'Nap.' Defendant was fined £2 on each charge. Four men who were found in the hotel without lawful excuse were each fined £2, and one of them was also fined £2 for having given the police a wrong name and address. Two of the men were found hiding under a bed. and a third was in a wardrobe.[16]

NAP ON LICENSED PREMISES. POLICE LISTEN AT THE WINDOW. REDAN HOTELKEEPER CONVICTED. At the City Police Court on Friday. before Mr G. Read Murphy, P.M., and Messrs F. J. Martell and J. W. Blight, J's.P.. James Tresize, licensee of the Atlantic Hotel, Redan, was charged with having allowed men on his premises during prohibited hours, and further with having permitted gambling on his premises. Edward Marton, William Cody, Thomas Hughes, Archibald M'Donald and Patrick Rail were charged with having been found on licensed premises during prohibited hours, and Hughes was further charged with having given a false name. Licensing Inspector Sampson conducted the case for the police, and Mr F. R. Coldham appeared for Tresize, who pleaded guilty to the charge of having allowed persons on his premises during prohibited hours, but not guilty to the charge of having permitted gambling on the premises.

Senior-constable Blanchfield deposed that at 12.20 on the morning on the morning of the 11th inst., in company with Constable O'Brien, he visited the Atlantic Hotel, saw a light inside, heard the shuffle of cards and mens' voices. One man said, "I'll go three," another said, "I'll go four," and another said "I'll go nap." Witness also heard the jingle of money. He went away and returned shortly afterwards with Constables O'Brien, Elliott, and Kent. After posting the constables about the building witness knocked at the door which was opened by the landlord at the end of three minutes. The licensee admitted that there were a couple of men in the parlour. Witness saw one man, M'Donald, standing at the door of the licensee's bedroom. With Constable O'Brien witness made a search of the premises, and Cody, Rail, and Marton were found in the bedroom. Two of the men said they had gone to the hotel to see the licensee's son, and the other three said they would give their excuse at court. There was a pack of cards on the table and witness asked what they were doing there, adding "You have been gambling." The licensee said he would give an explanation when he went to court. There were five empty glasses, which appeared to have been recently used, on the bar counter. Witness drew the attention of the licensee to them, and he said they had been there since before closing time.

Constable O'Brien deposed that when he he was listening at the window he heard one man say, "We will have a wet one." Another man said "Alright, a sprat in." He heard the shuffle of cards and prior to each deal he heard the jingle of money. When witness was admitted into the hotel he was about, to enter a room when the licensee said, "Don't go in there, that's the wife's bedroom." Witness went into the bedroom and saw Mrs Tresize sitting up in bed. She said there was no one in the room, but witness said he was going to look for himself. He searched the wardrobe and found a jockey named Wm. Cody standing up amongst the clothes. Witness next looked under the bed and saw the legs of two men. He caught one man by the legs and pulled him out. It was Edward Marton. Another man, Patrick Rail, then came out from beneath the bed. Constable Elliott stated that when the raid took place he caught the defendant Hughes, who said his name was James Wilson, jumping over the back fence. This was the evidence for the prosecution.

No evidence was called for the defence, but Mr Coldham argued that no evidence had been tendered to show that an unlawful game had been played. The mere jingle of money was not sufficent proof that a game was being played for money.

Mr Murphy said they found the defendant guilty by a majority. It was beyond doubt that the men were playing a game for money, and the bench believed the game was that of nap. It was a long time since there had been any conviction against the house. The men who had been found on the premises would be fined £3 each. The man who had given a wrong name would be fined £2 extra. The licensee for having permitted gambling on the premises was fined £3. He (the police magistrate) trate) was sorry that he disagreed with his colleagues with regard to the amount of the fine. Had he been sitting alone he would have fined him a substantial sum. For having allowed men on his premises during prohibited hours the fine would be £3.[17]

The hotel was one of 23 hotels reviewed by the License Deprivation Board in Ballarat in 1922.[18]

In December 1929, a group of men got into a fight after drinking at the hotel:

John Kane, a jockey, was charged with having unlawfully assaulted Thomas Patrick Dalgleish, labourer, occasioning actual bodily harm. Thomas Patrick Dalgleish said that following a visit to the Atlantic Hotel, he accompanied two men to a hut nearby, where shortly afterwards they were joined by Kane. A discussion arose about a football match, and Kane attacked him and kicked him several times in the head and body. Dr. Rawlings, of the Ballarat Hospital, said that Dalgleish was admitted to the institution suffering from a fractured skull and extensive bruises. Accused reserved his defence, and was committed for trial at the ensuing Court on December 10.[19]

The hotel was one of six hotels whose licenses were challenged by the police in 1956. They claimed to hotel was not in a fit or proper condition to be a licensed premises. The Licensing Court 1956 hearings eventually renewed the license.[20]

The hotel closed in 2014. A new lease was announced in December 2016, which gave details of the hotel:

Former Atlantic Hotel

  • Building of 650 square metres* with additional 150 square metres*
  • Prime frontage of 40 metres*
  • Drive thru access + parking on 2200 square metres
  • Extensive fit-out for restaurant/lounge/pub
  • Suits Hospitality use
  • Rent: $80,000 pa +GST + outgoings[21]

In 2016 the empty building was used by the Australian Electoral Office as the pre-polling station for Ballarat.

In August 2018 iPlanning Services Pty Ltd applied for a planning permit to convert the building into a Benson's Bakehouse and Cafe, a US franchise.[22] In March 2020, the hotel was still being offered for sale or lease.

In about June 2020, the hotel was used as a drive in COVID-19 testing station by 4Cyte Pathology who took out a three year lease on part of the building. In September 2022 it was announced the hotel was to be auctioned for an expected price of $2 million.[23]

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Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • April 1883, into the death of Henry Brown, aged 22, killed when the chain hauling the cage in the North Band and Barton mine broke, causing it to plunge 230 feet to the bottom of the shaft.[24]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • July 1868, Mr. Doane, a candidate for the seat of Ballarat West, spoke to a crowd of about 130 people at a meeting in front of the hotel.[2]
  • August 1869, Mr. Williams, candidate for the South Ward, spoke at a meeting at the hotel.[25]
  • August 1886, David Cooke, a candidate for the South Ward spoke at a meeting at the hotel. There were too many people present to fit into the room.[26]

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The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1929 'OLD TAVERNS AT BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 26 January, p. 9 Supplement: Saturday Camera Supplement, viewed 3 October, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1868 'MR DOANE AT THE ATLANTIC HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 July, p. 4, viewed 26 May, 2015,
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Saturday 2 July 1864, page 3.
  4. 1866 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 October, p. 3. , viewed 07 Oct 2018,
  5. 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 September, p. 3. , viewed 13 Aug 2017,
  6. 1873 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 6 February, p. 3. , viewed 02 Aug 2018,
  7. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 August, p. 4. , viewed 28 Feb 2021,
  8. 8.0 8.1 1877 'TOWN POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 28 March, p. 4. , viewed 17 May 2022,
  9. 1877 'ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jun 2021,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1882 'FIRE IN SKIPTON STREET.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 August, p. 2. , viewed 22 Mar 2020,
  11. 11.0 11.1 1904 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 29 March, p. 6. , viewed 17 May 2022,
  12. 1905 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 29 November, p. 8. , viewed 12 Mar 2021,
  13. 13.0 13.1 1906 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 10 March, p. 12. , viewed 24 Mar 2020,
  14. 1908 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 28 November, p. 14. , viewed 23 Mar 2020,
  15. 15.0 15.1 1908 'LICENSING ACT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 28 November, p. 16. , viewed 24 Mar 2020,
  16. 16.0 16.1 1915 'COUNTRY NEWS', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 25 December, p. 10. , viewed 23 Mar 2020,
  17. 1915 'NAP ON LICENSED PREMISES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 December, p. 2. , viewed 15 May 2022,
  18. 1922 'REDUCTION OF LICENSES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 8. , viewed 28 Apr 2022,
  19. 1929 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 December, p. 21. , viewed 06 Aug 2021,
  20. 1956 'HOTEL 'LIKE HORSE BAZAAR'—says judge who saw it', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 February, p. 7. , viewed 28 Feb 2018,
  21. 2016, Colliers International Ballarat,
  22. 2018, McMillan, Ashleigh, 'Benson's Cafe and Bakery flagged for Redan's Atlantic Hotel site', Ballarat Courier, 6 August 2018,
  23. 2022, Hemanth, Malvika, 'Chance to buy an old pub', Ballarat Courier, 5 September 2022, pg. 6,
  24. 1883 'FATAL MINING ACCIDENT.', The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 - 1918), 26 April, p. 2. , viewed 16 May 2022,
  25. 1869 'BALLARAT WEST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 August, p. 3. , viewed 24 Mar 2020,
  26. 1886 'ELECTION NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 August, p. 4. , viewed 28 Feb 2021,
  27. 1902 'IRON QUOITS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 September, p. 1. , viewed 05 May 2020,
  28. 1873 'QUARTERLY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Mar 2020,
  29. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 21 Oct 2018,
  30. 1874 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 30 September, p. 4. , viewed 29 May 2017,
  31. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022,
  32. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017,
  33. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017,
  34. 1906 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 19 March, p. 5. , viewed 17 May 2022,
  35. 1913 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 16 August, p. 14. , viewed 17 May 2022,

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