Baltic Hotel

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Baltic Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Verdon and Kent Streets, Redan
Opened 1867
Known dates 1867-1871

The Baltic Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, 1867-1871>

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The hotel was on the corner of Verdon Street and Kent Street, Redan.[1][2]

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The publican, George William Harrison applied for a license to open a new hotel in April 1867:

27 Victoria, No. 227. Notice of application for a publican's LICENSE.—To the Bench of Magistrates at Ballarat.—I, GEORGE WILLIAM HARRISON, now residing at Sebastopol, in the colony of Victoria, do hereby give notice, that it is my intention to apply to the justices sitting at the Court of Petty Sessions, to be holden at Ballarat West, on the sixteenth day of April, 1867, for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License, for a house situated at corner of Kent street and Verdon street, Sebastopol. The house is built of wood, and contains bar, two sitting-rooms, and two bed-rooms. The house is my own property, and has never been licensed. To be called the Baltic Hotel, The first day of April, a.d. 1867. (Signature of applicant), GEORGE WILLIAM HARRISON.[3]

The hotel was offered for sale in December 1868:

THIS DAY At Twelve o'clock, On the Premises, corner of Verdon and Kent streets, Redan. HOTEL AND STORE, GROCERIES, etc. O'FARRELL and SON have received instructions, from Mr GEORGE WILLIAM HARRISON, to sell by auction, HARRISON'S BALTIC HOTEL AND STORE, Containing Bar, Bar-Parlor, Private Parlor, Three Bedrooms, Kitchen and Store, erected on Crown land, having a frontage of 66 feet to Verdon street, with a depth of 132 feet to Kent street. After which the Auctioneers will proceed to sell the whole of his well-selected Stock of Groceries and Oilmen's Stores. To parties wishing to invest in Hotel Property the above presents an excellent opportunity, being in the centre of our gold-producing claims, with a population increasing daily. Sale without Reserve. Terms Easy; to be declared at Sale.[1]

In August 1870, the publican Peter Gaggin took legal action against a group of men who broke the hotel window:

Peter Gaggin v Martin Slattery, wilful destruction of property. It appeared that the defendant, in company with two others, went to the plaintiff's house (the Baltic hotel) for drink, but it being late at night they were refused. Slattery then kicked at the door, and indulged in some choice language to the plaintiff within. Michael Radford, one of the party, said that the window was broken by the third one. The police took the man's name and promised to look after, him. Mr Gaunt impressed upon two of the party in court, that if they chose to make a drunken disturbance, and anyone of their number did mischief, they were all culpable. Slattery was then fined L5, damages 22s, and costs 26s. or in default, six weeks imprisonment. Mr Paynter appeared for the plaintiff.[4]

In October 1874, the hotel building was offered for sale:

FOR SALE. Cheap, for Removal or otherwise, the BALTIC HOTEL, eight rooms, corner of Kent and Verdon streets. H. I. White, City Auction-rooms.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 17 December, p. 3, viewed 28 October, 2014,
  2. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 4 July, p. 3. , viewed 15 Feb 2021,
  3. 1867 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 April, p. 4. , viewed 25 Feb 2021,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1870 'SEBASTOPOL POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1886; 1914 - 1918), 4 August, p. 3. , viewed 27 Nov 2023,
  5. 1874 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 8 October, p. 3. , viewed 25 Feb 2021,

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