Australia Felix Hotel (Eureka Street)

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Australia Felix Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Eureka Street
Known dates 1856-1941

The Australia Felix Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1856-1941>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Australia Felix Hotel was in Eureka Street.[1][2] In The 1890s it was referred to as Skoglund's Hotel.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In August 1856 the business partners in the hotel ended the partnership:

Notice to Creditors. A MEETING of the creditors of Messrs. Size & Co., of the Australia Felix Hotel, Specimen Hill, will be held at Bath's Hotel, on Thursday, 28th inst, at 2 p.m. All persons having claims against the estate must send in a statement thereof to the Trustees, to the care of Messrs. Moore & Dunn, on or before the 21st instant, otherwise they will be excluded from the dividend. (Signed) WILLIAM MOORE. __CUMMINS, for C. BLESSIG.[4]

The hotel is mentioned in advertisement in 1857.[5]

Withers wrote about the hotel and its publican in his reminiscences in 1888:

“Monopoly or no monopoly” was Henry Josephs’ shout, too, on behalf of “ the Australia Felix hotel, Specimen Hill,” backed up by “nobblers for sixpence” and the demand that the public should “support the house that was the first to price the drinks, that the poor man may have his nobbler as well as the rich.” Mr Josephs is still (1888) host of the Felix —the Felix re-built, modernised, and glorified with pleasant horticultural belongings. He has been there 33 years, and is the only publican in Ballarat who has stayed so long in one place. As councillor, mayor, and one taking part in public movements generally, Mr Josephs has done modest and good service for the town where he has dwelt so long. Here’s to you, in a bumper of honest ink, straight, O most adhesive of bonifaces. No knight of the burning lamp thou, though at Jerusalem, or in the Minories, in the shadows of the Roman Ghetto, or mid the glare and din of money changes in any capital in Europe or Asia, thou wouldst be admitted as a man and a brother of the ancient people, and one of pure sang. Be thou felix forever, albeit the westward flow of the humantide has left thee and thy popularised nobbler full furlongs ten from the present centre of population and business.[6]

In June 1888 the hotel was reviewed by the License Reduction Board:

Australia Felix hotel—Henry Josephs, owner and licensee. A wooden building, in rooms, lath and plastered; very clean, splendidly furnished, and well conducted. The principal business was a bar trade...Henry Josephs, owner and licensee of the Australia Felix hotel, stated that he had held a license for 33 years. He had a large bar trade and a large family trade, and thought his house equal to the requirements of the locality. John Robson, J.P., manager of the Mercantile Bank, said he had resided in the neighborhood for 32 years. The hotel was well conducted and suited the requirements. Andrew Gray, baker, and Abraham Jones, storekeeper, gave similar evidence.[7]

In December 1932 the hotel was one of a number of district hotels whose licenses were renewed, but with a warning:

"...granted after evidence tendered regarding police suspicions of betting had been considered...Mr. Barr referring to betting on hotel premises said that it had been going on for years and nothing the police or Court could do so far had stopped it. If the licensees did not willingly stop it and the owners would not stop it the Court would try another very drastic way. There were still a number of hotels in Ballarat to disappear under the law.[8]

In December 1939 the publican was fined:

Catherine T. Murphy, licensee of the Australia Felix, was similarly fined in respect of after hours sale of liquor, and four men were each fined 15/ for being on the premises.[9]

In January 1940, the publican, Catherine Teresa Murphy was in court for breaching the licensing laws. She was fined £5 for having the bar doors open after hours, and 15s for having people on the premises.[10] In December 1941 she was in trouble again:

"Catherine Teresa Murphy (Australia Felix Hotel) Eureka st was fined £4 for delaying admittance of the police."[2]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In August 1894 Mr. Abraham James, a candidate for the local council elections, used the hotel for a meeting of ratepayers.[3]
  • In September 1894, J. N. Dunn, a candidate in the Ballarat East election, used the hotel for a political meeting.[11]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515106
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1941 'BALLARAT NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 17 December, p. 2, viewed 4 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8223070
  3. 3.0 3.1 1894 'TOWN OF BALLARAT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 August, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209217777
  4. 1856 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 August, p. 3. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250438765
  5. 1857 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 April, p. 3, viewed 28 December, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66041677
  6. 6.0 6.1 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 4. , viewed 24 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443531
  7. 7.0 7.1 1888 'EUREKA STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443903
  8. 1932 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 6 December, p. 10. , viewed 25 Apr 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4512600
  9. 1939 'BALLARAT', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 13 December, p. 16. , viewed 24 Dec 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205595866
  10. 10.0 10.1 1940 'BALLARAT NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 January, p. 7, viewed 28 December, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11271897
  11. 1894 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 September, p. 3. , viewed 21 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209218744
  12. 1856 Electoral Roll, Victoria, North Grant, Ballaarat East.
  13. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.
  14. 1856 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 August, p. 2. , viewed 28 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250438759
  15. 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 20 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042654
  16. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 08 Nov 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048685
  17. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 13 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  18. 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325077
  19. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 24 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  20. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 7 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  21. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209715941
  22. 1901 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 July, p. 3. , viewed 05 Dec 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207501292
  23. 1932 'LICENSING COURT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 20 September, p. 13. , viewed 25 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205492720


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