Bignell's Hotel

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Bignell's Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street 13 Sturt Street
Known dates 1868-1872

Bignell's Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1868-1872>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for lease in June 1869, and the address was 13 Sturt Street.[1] It was offered again for lease in April 1872.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was destroyed by fire in February 1868 (and must have been rebuilt):

An extensive fire took place in Sturt-street this evening. It is said to have originated at the rear of Bignell's Hotel, a wooden building, which was destroyed, as was also the premises of Kiddie, tailor; Flinhoff, photographer; and Peach, jeweller, and the fancy shop adjacent, all being wooden buildings. The first of these buildings was nearly consumed before the fire brigades were present. There was at last an enormous pressure of water, and the men worked well. The rear premises of Mr. Wilson, dentist, caught fire, but the main portion of the building was saved. The office of the Courier newspaper was also on fire, and much damage was done to the property in its removal. It is said a fire occurred in the afternoon in the same place, and that it was not then properly put out. It is impossible to compute the loss, but it is considerable.[3]

The report in the Leader newspaper claimed the fire had started at the Union Hotel:

A fire broke out at about half -past nine o'clock on Wednesday night, in a back kitchen, of wood, attached to the rear of F. Ferrier's Union Hotel, in Sturt street, Ballarat, nearly opposite the Star office...the fire rapidly got full possession of the place where it broke out, and quickly spread to the next back buildings, which were all of wood and closely crowded together...The Union Hotel itself is of brick, but unfortunately all the other houses up to the Courier office were of wood, and all were either entirely destroyed or so far damaged...whole line will have to be rebuilt...Bignell's Hotel and the back buildings are almost entirely destroyed...Mr Bignell is insured in the Victoria for £400 for his stock and furniture ; and Mr Belson, the landlord, in the Australian Alliance for another amount of £ is presumed to have been caused by the carelessness of some persons in Ferrier's kitchen. In the afternoon of the same day, some hay in Ferrier's stable caught fire, and Mr Bignell, of the adjoining hotel, extinguished that fire, while the stove pipe of his own kitchen also had been on fire the same afternoon, but had been made, as was supposed, all safe...[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In 1868 the publican was Mr. Bignell, and the owner, Mr. Belson.[4]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1869 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 June, p. 3, viewed 10 August, 2015,
  2. 1872 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 April, p. 3. , viewed 18 Apr 2016,
  3. 1868 'TELEGRAMS.', The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), 1 February, p. 15. , viewed 24 Feb 2017,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1868 'FIRE AT BALLARAT.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 1 February, p. 21. , viewed 24 Feb 2017,

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