Beaufort Hotel (Eyre Street)

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Beaufort Hotel
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Street cnr Eyre Street and Lyons Street
Known dates 1863-1880

The Beaufort Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1863-1880>.

Site[edit | edit source]

John Hargreaves identified the hotel site as being on the north west corner of Eyre and Lyons Streets.[1].

Also on the same intersection was St. David's Church which celebrated its jubilee in 1918[2], a licensed grocery shop owned by Evan Price and later owned by Mr. J. G. Linton (1877-1881)[3], and the residence of Alfred Harris, where all his furniture was to be sold when he left Ballarat in 1882.[4] There was also a lodge meeting room, the Hand of Friendship Meeting Room, use by the G.U.O.O.F. Royal Park Lodge in 1871.[5] (Was this in the hotel?)

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was built by George Smith.

History[edit | edit source]

George Smith had also owned the White Hart Hotel in Sturt Street. He was declared insolvent in 1864, and the Beaufort hotel had been sold by the sheriff. His complex business dealings were revealed in the Geelong Insolvency Court in June 1864:

He had built the Beaufort hotel Ballarat. It was sold by the sheriff in March last. The house had been let at L2 per week. It was leasehold ground, rented of John Thomas Jackson, at L50 per annum for 21 years. Mr Randall, the solicitor, held the lease at present. The house cost L700 building. It was not let at a good rental, but the town thereabout had gone down very much. Mrs Ward rented the Beaufort. She had been insolvent's housekeeper. Let the house to her because no one would make a better offer. Mrs Ward furnished the house. Insolvent had been paying her L75 per year wages for about four years. Some furniture went from the White Hart to the Beaufort— a very fine piano. Insolvent stocked the Beaufort to the amount of L100. Was paid by Mrs Ward's acceptance, which insolvent gave to Curie and M'Donald, for wines and spirits obtained from them. Insolvent bad been living at the Beaufort for the last few weeks, paying for his board and lodging. Been working as a carpenter. The piano sent from the White Hart to the Beaufort belongs to a Miss Jackson, of Soldiers' Hill. Insolvent said after making the assignment he gave himself no trouble whatever about his affairs. Did not know what the Beaufort was sold for. Did not care. Considered he had been badly treated and ruined. His Honor severely commented upon, the insolvent's conduct in allowing his estate thus to go to waste. Mr Harwood painted out, in answer to insolvent's complaint of bad treatment, that the schedule exhibited liabilities L2916, and assets L24. Insolvent said his books were in the hands of the creditors. Did not ask for them to enable him to file his schedule. The meeting was then adjourned, the insolvent being ordered to file a supplementary schedule within fourteen days of the next sitting of the Court, of the whole of his dealings and transactions for the twelve months previous to his insolvency.[6]

In November 1870 the hotel was offered for forced sale by the Sherriff's office as one of a number of properties belonging to Mr. Jackson:

"...All that Piece or Parcel of LAND, being allotments 11 and 12 of section 23, said township, parish, and county, corner of Eyre and Lyons streets, on which is erected the Beaufort Hotel..."[7]

The hotel was offered for sale in January 1880:

MONDAY, 2nd FEBRUARY, At Twelve o'clock, On the Ground. TO MINING SPECULATORS AND OTHERS. SALE BY AUCTION Of that Valuable Corner Freehold, with the Buildings thereon, consisting of the Beaufort Hotel and Two Cottages. M. CLAXTON has received Instructions from the proprietor to sell by auction. All that Piece of LAND, situate Corner of Lyons, and Eyre streets,being Crown Allotments 11 and 12 section 23, Township of Ballarat, containing half an acre. Independent of mining, this properly, with the Buildings, should be a good investment, as the hotel is built of extra-sized timber, and when once put in repair, would require no further outlay for some years. The chief value, however, is for mining, as it is not only a large block of land, but it has also a frontage to two streets, and is in a good position to catch the now famous Washington Reef. Terms Liberal, at Sale. For further particulars, apply to Messrs Randall, Mitchell, and Nevett, solicitors; or to the auctioneer.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 23, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 1918 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 25 October, p. 6. (DAILY.), viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  3. 1881 'No Title', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 25 July, p. 2. , viewed 25 Jul 2019,
  4. 1882 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 24 June, p. 3. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  5. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 4 May, p. 3. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  6. 1864 'INSOLVENT COURT, GEELONG.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 29 June, p. 2. , viewed 18 Dec 2016,
  7. 1870 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 10 November, p. 3. , viewed 26 Jul 2019,
  8. 1880 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 31 January, p. 3. , viewed 25 Jul 2019,
  9. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2016,
  10. 1868 '"JOE" AGAIN.', The Wallaroo Times and Mining Journal (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1865 - 1881), 30 December, p. 3. , viewed 18 Dec 2016,
  11. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,
  12. 1874 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 30 September, p. 4. , viewed 29 May 2017,
  13. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 Mar 2017,
  14. 1874 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Mar 2017,

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