Britannia Hotel (Bridge Street)

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Britannia Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Bridge and Peel Streets
Closed 1891
Known dates 1864-1891
Google maps -37.562522, 143.863654

The Britannia Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, <1865-1891.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Britannia Hotel was on the corner of Peel Street and Bridge Street. The site was later used by the English, Scottish and Australian Bank, and is now an ANZ Bank location.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was listed for closure following the Licensing Court 1888 hearings, when it was described as being of 13 rooms, badly conducted.[1]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[2][3]

History[edit | edit source]

In August 1865 the publican's wife, Mrs Gill, was advertising for a general servant.[4]

In December 1865, the publican, Mark Gill, paid £31 for a sales booth at the Dowling Forest races.[5]

In January 1882 there was a fire at the hotel:

A chimney of the Britannia hotel, Peel street, caught fire on Saturday afternoon, but was promptly extinguished by members of the Ballarat Fire Brigade, whose bell had given the alarm.[6]

In May 1884 the publican's wife attempted suicide:

Mrs Wolstencroft, wife of the landlord of the Britannia Hotel, attempted to commit suicide yesterday by swallowing a quantity of chlorodyne. Domestic troubles are alleged to be the cause.[7]

In February 1888 there was another fire in the hotel, which was saved by prompt action by the Brigade:

A narrow escape from what might have proved a serious conflagration, occurred shortly after 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when the roof of the rear portion of the Britannia hotel, Bridge street, took fire. Both bells rang and the firemen were very quickly on the spot, and with the hose-reel kept at the branch station adjoining the Earl of Zetland hotel, water was soon poured on the burning building. Very little damage was done. The fire is supposed to have originated through sparks from a chimney alighting on the roof of the hotel. Had the fire not been discovered before it made headway, the whole of the premises would doubt less have been destroyed, as a strong hot wind was blowing at the time. The firemen were called hack to the hotel after coiling up their hose, as smoke was again observed issuing from the roof. A few buckets of water however, extinguished the smouldering embers. Among the helpers at the fire was a midshipman, from one of the ships lying in Geelong bay, who, sailor-like sprang on to the roof, and assisted in directing operations for putting out the fire.[8]

The owners were paid £1019 compensation for the closure of the business.[2]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building was being refitted as a shop.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14. , viewed 22 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6136822
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  3. 1891 'LOCAL OPTION IN BALLARAT EAST', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 September, p. 2. , viewed 01 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204315955
  4. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 August, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jan 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112877788
  5. 5.0 5.1 1915 'FIFTY YEARS AGO', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 9. , viewed 14 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154574424
  6. 1882 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 January, p. 2. , viewed 25 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200664936
  7. 7.0 7.1 1884 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 8 May, p. 3. , viewed 27 May 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6048979
  8. 1888 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 February, p. 2. , viewed 04 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209213301
  9. 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
  10. 1864 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 February, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72513551
  11. 1872 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 March, p. 4. , viewed 16 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197627472
  12. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 09 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  13. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 June, p. 2. , viewed 26 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207769815
  14. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209209664
  15. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 2. , viewed 17 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204045056


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