Beaufort Hotel (Neill Street)

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Beaufort Hotel
Town Beaufort Hotel
Closed 21 December 1917
Known dates 1884-1917

The Beaufort Hotel was a hotel in Beaufort, Victoria, <1884-1917.

Background[edit | edit source]

Site[edit | edit source]

The Beaufort Hotel was in Beaufort. From the Beaufort Historical Society photo, it shows the wooden hotel building on the south side of Neill Street, probably on the south east corner with Wotherspoon Street.

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History[edit | edit source]

In June 1898, the publican, William J. Kelly, was fined £2 for allowing people to play with dice in the hotel.[1]

In January 1917 the hotel was issued with a special permit to serve alcohol with meals between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.[2]

The hotel was closed by the License Reduction Board in December 1917:

Licences Reduction Board. Friday, 30th November. (Before Messrs R. Barr and J. Lock.) Evidence was taken in regard to the surrendered licence of the Beaufort hotel, Beaufort (owner and licensee, Ernest Henry Welsh), at the annual Licensing Court in Ballarat. Mr H. Shaw, for owner and licensee, said the property had been sold, delicensed, for £1000. It was one of the few hotels which were in a better position than in the statutory period. Edward James Muntz, sworn valuer, said he valued the property at £1350 licensed, under existing conditions. That would be on the supposition that licensees had nothing better to look forward to than they had at the present time. As a going concern £1550 would be a fair value. He estimated that before the war the value would be £1680. He thought a fair compensation for the owner would be £550. The chairman said the valuer had been reasonable in his estimate. In the case of the Beaufort hotel the owner would be awarded £475 compensation, and the licensee £75. The hotel will close from 31st Decr.[3]

After closure[edit | edit source]

According to the Beaufort Historical Society, a new Beaufort Hotel was built on the site of the Camp Hotel.

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The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1898, 'COUNTRY NEWS, BEAUFORT', The Age, 21 June 1898, pg.6,
  2. 1917 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 January, p. 4, viewed 30 January, 2014,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1917 'LICENCES REDUCTION BOARD.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 8 December, p. 1. , viewed 18 Dec 2016,
  4. 1884 'BEAUFORT ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 04 Oct 2017,
  5. 1896 'BEAUFORT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 1. , viewed 11 Aug 2018,
  6. 1915 'LICENSING COURT.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 22 Sep 2017,

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