Bird-in-Hand Hotel

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Bird-in-Hand Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Victoria Street
Opened 1858
Closed 1891
Known dates 1858-1891

The Bird-in-Hand was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, 1858-1891.

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Hargreaves said the Bird-in-Hand was in Victoria Street[1], and the Ballarat Star reported it as Melbourne Road in 1862.[2] In 1861 it was described as being in or near the intesection with Queens Street where the new railway was being built:

Preparations are also being made to erect a bridge over Queen street, which runs past the Bird-in-Hand Hotel, as far as the Black Hill Flat.[3]

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In January 1858 the hotel was granted a license:

Samuel Lewis Meade (by Mr Willoughby), Bird-in-Hand Hotel, Ballarat. Postponed till Monday.[4]
PUBLICANS LICENSE.—Mr Trench applied on behalf of P. L. Meade (should be S. L. Mead), for a house to be called the " The Bird in Hand," on the Melbourne Road. Granted.[5]

In September 1861 the publican was fined:

S. L Mead, of the Bird in Hand Hotel; fined 5s for allowing his lamp to go out.[6]

In February 1887 the publican was one of several charged with Sunday trading:

William Mead, Bird in Hand hotel, same offence, defendant who pleaded guilty, was lined £2, with 7s costs.[7]

In November 1887 the publican's wife, Grace Mead, was called as a witness into the trial of an employee of Rowland's Aerated Waters, who was charged with embezzling money:

Grace Mead, wife of the licensee of the Bird in Hand hotel, Victoria street, stated that in October last her husband was indebted to Mr Rowlands, and had paid the accused on the 14th of that month £5, and received his receipt.[8]

In June 1888 the hotel's license was reviewed by the Licensing Court:

Bird-in-Hand hotel—William L. Mead, owner and licensee. A wooden building, 12 rooms, half lath and plastered, fairly furnished, and only moderately well conducted: accommodation very little availed of by the travelling public...In reference to the Bird-in-Hand hotel, evidence was given by Robert Morrison, land valuator; James Wood, ex-sergeant of police; and Henry Wood, mail contractor, said the house, was a great convenience. William Mead licensee, said he did a good business and had good accommodation.[9]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[10] In 1891 the owners were paid £996 compensation for the closure of the business.[10]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building was used a boot shop, and also a carpenter and joinery business.[11]

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  1. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 12, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 1862 'LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 August, p. 4, viewed 30 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66326137
  3. 1861 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 April, p. 2. , viewed 20 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66338520
  4. 4.0 4.1 1858 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 January, p. 2. , viewed 20 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66046239
  5. 5.0 5.1 1858 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 January, p. 2. , viewed 20 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66046300
  6. 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 September, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 20 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66342262
  7. 7.0 7.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 February, p. 3. , viewed 21 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203949571
  8. 1887 'CHARGE OF EMBEZZLEMENT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 November, p. 4. , viewed 09 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209208462
  9. 9.0 9.1 1888 'VICTORIA STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 29 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443844
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  11. 1893 'THE LATE LICENSED HOUSES IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209781692
  12. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 04 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048685
  13. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 14 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  14. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 02 Oct 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339704
  15. 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325077
  16. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 25 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  17. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 7 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  18. 1885 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 April, p. 2. , viewed 20 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207636411
  19. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 October, p. 2. , viewed 02 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209459972


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