Bluebell Hotel

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Bluebell Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Howitt Street
Opened 1859
Known dates 1859-2024
Evidence Hotel is still in operation

The Bluebell Hotel is a hotel in Ballarat, 1859-2024

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel is on the north side of Howitt Street, Wendouree, next to Ballarat Grammar. This location has been described in 1862 as Burnbank Road and in 1874 as Learmonth Road.[1][2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was being built in January 1859, when a fire broke out in the partly constructed building:

FlRE AT THE BLUE BELL HOTEL-INQUEST. On the 8th instant an inquest was held by the coroner, at the Plough Inn, as to the circumstances attending th fire which took place at the Blue Bell Hotel, on the Burnbank or Dowling Forest Road. Alexander M'Morron, proprietor of the building then in course of erection, deposed that about eleven p.m. his slaughterman, John Roe, informed him that the new building was on fire. He jumped up and went to the fire, and found John Roe in the house before him pulling down the canvas. The shavings and bench were on fire, which witness gathered together and extinguished. A third man, Wilson, came in and others, and the fire was put out. The floor was discolored, and a good part of the lining of one room was burnt, to the value of about £10. Witness had not any ideas or suspicion of any person setting the place on fire. The premises are not insured ; they are not yet completed. Knew of men on two occasions stopping in the premises at night ; they being travellers- John Rowe deposed that he resides in Mr M'Morron's paddock, and coming home about ten o'clock p.m. on the 6th instant, in about half an hour after he went to his door and saw a light in the bar windows of the new building. He soon saw it was a fire in the house, and ran to inform Mr M'Morron. He then ran to the place and found one side of the door fully open, and found the floor on fire and one side of the wall Was there nearly five minutes before any other person came. Mr M'Morron was the first. Witness did not see or hear any person near the premises on going up to them. Raman Levett deposed that he is putting up the new building for Mr M'Morron by contract, and on the 6th instant was working there with his brother. Mr M'Morron was also there part of the day. Witness does not smoke, but his brother does. Did not see him smoking that day. They left off work about five o'clock. Did not leave any person in the house behind them, but scraped up all the shavings under and around the bench upon which they worked, and fastened the doors and windows and went home. Did not go to the building again that evening. Did not hear of the fire until the next morning Saw two men in the building about three weeks ago, and believe they slept there that night. Warned them against smoking. Two other witnesses were examined, whose evidence was unimportant, and merely corroborated the foregoing. The jury came to the following verdict:-"That the fire took place on the 6th instant, on premises in course of erection, to be called the Blue Bell Hotel, on the Burnbank or Dowling Forest road, but how or by what means the said fire originated there is not any evidence whatever at present before us to prove."[3]

The publican was fined in June 1934:

Oliver Goldsmith, licensee of the Bluebell Hotel, was fined £2 for having allowed persons on his premises in prohibited hours.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In January 1894, two candidates for the Victorian Parliament, Mr. W. Anderson and Mr. Stapleton, held meetings at the hotel.[5]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1874 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 10 Mar 2017,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1859 'Local and General News.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 10 January, p. 3. , viewed 26 Dec 2017,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1934 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 27 June, p. 11. , viewed 14 Aug 2023,
  5. 1894 'THE WINDERMERE ELECTION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 January, p. 3. , viewed 08 Jul 2018,
  6. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 26 Jun 2017,
  7. 1882 'CITY LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Jan 2018,
  8. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022,
  9. 1912 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 7 September, p. 17. , viewed 19 Mar 2023,
  10. 1917 'LICENSES TRANSFERRED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 9 October, p. 6. , viewed 17 Dec 2019,
  11. 1925 'LICENSING COURT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 20 January, p. 13. , viewed 14 May 2018,
  12. 1940 'BALLARAT NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 January, p. 7, viewed 28 December, 2014,

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