Beehive Hotel (Main Street)

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Beehive Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Main Road and Barkly Street
Closed June 1889
Known dates 1861-1889

The Beehive Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, 1862-1889.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Beehive Hotel was on the north east corner Main Road and Barkly Street.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The first Beehive Hotel was next to the Town Hall Hotel but both were burnt to the ground in 1862. The new Beehive Hotel was built on the site of the two hotels.

History[edit | edit source]

The original Beehive Hotel was offered for sale in March 1861:

MONDAY, 27th. JUNE. To Parties in search of an Hotel, Doing a First-class Trade. VALUABLE FREEHOLD ALLOTMENT. CHAS. DYTE has received instructions from Mr Stower to sell by public auction, on the premises, corner of Barkly street and Main road, on Monday, the 27th June, at twelve o'clock sharp. The very desirable Freehold, on which is erected THE BEEHIVE HOTEL, &c. The Auctioneer deems it unnecessary to say much in connection with this valuable and well-known property, having a frontage of 73 feet to the Main road, a Corner Allotment to Barkly street, contiguous to the Police Court; has an extensive Bar, 2 Dining rooms, 4 private Sitting-rooms, 14 Bedrooms, Kitchens, Out-housea, Stabling, &c. Farther particulars for terms, &c, may be obtained at the Hotel, or of the Auctioneer. CHAS. DYTE. Auctioneer.[2]

In December 1861 a man who had stole money from a guest at the Great Britain Hotel spent it at the hotel:

Margaret Stower deposed that she, in conjunction with her husband, kept the Beehive Hotel, and about six o'clock on the morning of or after the robbery the prisoner had breakfast there. During that day he spent £4 3s in nobblers to drink. He gave witness one £5 note and £1 to keep for him. He was shouting for several persons in the house. Her husband banked the £5 note with other money on the day witness received it. Detective Officer Hyland deposed to the arrest of the prisoner on the evening of the 24th instant, and in reply to witness he said all the money he had in his possession since Sunday was £3 15s. Witness asked him where he got the money he gave Mrs Stower, but he replied that he had no money but the £3 15s. The prisoner was committed for trial at the Circuit Court[3]

The hotel was offered for sale in June 1864:

MONDAY, 27th. JUNE. To Parties in search of an Hotel, Doing a First-class Trade. VALUABLE FREEHOLD ALLOTMENT. CHAS. DYTE has received instructions from Mr Stower to sell by public auction, on the premises, corner of Barkly street and Main road, on Monday, the 27th June, at twelve o'clock sharp. The very desirable Freehold, on which is erected THE BEEHIVE HOTEL, &c. The Auctioneer deems it unnecessary to say much in connection with this valuable and well-known property, having a frontage of 73 feet to the Main road, a Corner Allotment to Barkly street, contiguous to the Police Court; has an extensive Bar, 2 Dining rooms, 4 private Sitting-rooms, 14 Bedrooms, Kitchens, Out-houses, Stabling, &c. Further particulars for terms, &c, may be obtained at the Hotel, or of the Auctioneer. CHAS. DYTE. Auctioneer.[4]

The hotel was offered for sale in October 1866:

FOR SALE, BEEHIVE HOTEL, opposite Town Hall, Main street, Ballarat East. Apply Commercial Hotel, Mair street west.[5]

In March 1886 charges of Sunday trading against the publican, Joseph Burford were postponed as he was unwell.[6]

In March 1888 an attempt was made to burn the hotel down:

t is reported that a package of gun powder, with a fuse attached, was discovered a few evenings ago under a pillow on a sofa in a room at the Beehive hotel, Main road. The persons who placed the powder on the sofa must have intended incendiarism, as the fuse had been lighted, but fortuuately it was extinguished through the want of air before the fire reached the powder in the package. The matter has been reported to the police.[7]

In June 1888 the publican was fined for Sunday trading:

Jessie Burford, licensee of the Beehive hotel, Main road, was yesterday mulct in a penalty of £5, with costs, for selling liquor on Sunday, the 3rd instant. Another charge of having the doors leading to the bar unlocked was withdrawn.[8]

On 29 June 1888, the Licensing Court determined that this hotel and another 42 should be de-licensed.[1] This process was legally challenged by Richard Woofe of the Robert Burns Hotel.[9] At the 1888 hearings the hotel was described:

Beehive hotel — Sarah Ann Burford, licensee. An old wooden building, 21 rooms, with the exception of three, none of them, in his opinion, fit to be occupied, especially up stairs. It was fairly well conducted, but the house was in a state of decay.[10]

The owners undertook a major renovation of the premises, and renamed it the Sir Henry Barkly Hotel in June 1889.[11] When the Licensing Court met again to decide on hotel closures, the hotel was kept and was still open in 1943.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In October 1873 the hotel was the venue for an inquest into the death of Alexander Harris. Harris had died from phthisis while being treated by a Chinese herbalist, Chung Kong, at the camp at Golden Point. The herbalist would not allow the coffin to be taken out of the front door. The cottage being very small and cramped it was impossible to remove it through the back door. A large crowd gathered and were all for taking down the kitchen wall until the police arrived. Despite Kong's argument that taking a stranger out through the door would bring him bad luck Constable Thompson removed Harris's remains through the front door.[12]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 12, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 18 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345902
  3. 3.0 3.1 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 31 December, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 31 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66330462
  4. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 20 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345902
  5. 1866 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 October, p. 3. , viewed 07 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112858774
  6. 6.0 6.1 1886 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 March, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204429720
  7. 1888 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 March, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209214444
  8. 1888 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 June, p. 2. , viewed 14 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443184
  9. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 6, 1943, Ballarat
  10. 10.0 10.1 1888 'MAIN ROAD HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 June, p. 3. , viewed 29 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443734
  11. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 2. , viewed 17 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204045056
  12. 1873 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 October, p. 2. , viewed 26 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201607024
  13. 1862 'LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 August, p. 4, viewed 29 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66326137
  14. 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
  15. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  16. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 26 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  17. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186416
  18. 1881 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 February, p. 3. , viewed 29 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200654812
  19. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 16 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209209691
  20. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 March, p. 2. , viewed 14 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204041448


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