British Queen Hotel (Bridge Street)

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British Queen Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Main Road, later named Bridge Street
Known dates 1857-1907

The British Queen Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1857-1907>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The British Queen Hotel was in Main Road.[1] This part of Main Road was renamed Bridge Street in 1858. An advertisement in The Star in December 1858, described the hotel as being opposite William Crellin, a tailor, at 19 Main Road, a few doors east of the bridge.[2] In 1860 it was described as being opposite the engraving and lithographic business run by H. Deutsch.[3] In 1860 it was next to the Golden Boot Emporium owned by Charles Fox.[4] In 1873 and 1888 the site was described as being Bridge Street.[5][6]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Advertisement for the British Queen Hotel, December 1857

Following a major fire in Main Road in 1861, the newspaper reported on the rebuilding of the area and mentioned the hotel:

The many handsome one and two storied buildings in Bridge Street, on sites where fires have raged, and where they have not raged, we have noticed on previous occasions; but we may again mention, without being disagreeably invidious, the ornamental places of business belonging to Messrs Baird & Co., decorators ; Messrs Wittkowski Brothers tobacconists; Messrs Draper and Tabel, upholsterers and furniture dealers; Mr Dunk, British Queen Hotel; Messrs R. B. Gibbs, Great Western Hotel; Mr Levinson, jeweller, and Mr Steinfeld, furniture dealer. The rather long list of substantial erections we have thus noticed as sprung up, or springing up, along this old thoroughfare, proves, we think, the proposition with which we started, that Ballarat East has already beaten the fabulous phoenix; and perhaps we should not be hazarding too much if we were to say "the men of the East" are ready to beat it again. We only hope, however, that they may never have the opportunity, a hope in which, doubtless, our readers will heartily join.[7]

The hotel was offered for sale in November 1863.[8]

In October 1869 the hotel was one of many Bridge Street businesses damage during a big flood:

The cellar of the British Queen hotel, in which Mr Whitehouse has a large stock, was flooded, and Mr Whitehouse fears the damage caused will be found to be considerable.[9]

The hotel was one of 72 investigated by the Licensing Court in 1888. The Court determined that this hotel was among the those which were best conducted and afforded the best accommodation to the general public and therefore should retain its license.[6] It had 19 rooms.

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Lodges[edit | edit source]

  • Independent Order of Oddfellows, 1862-1863, district chambers.[10]
  • Loyal Ballarat Lodge, 1862-1863, meeting place.[10]
    • Loyal Ballarat Lodge, M.U.I O.O.F., October 1883, monthly meeting of the [11]
  • Ancient Order of Foresters, 1862-1863, the district court house.[10]
  • Sanctuary Robin Hood, of the Ancient Order of Shepherds, January 1864, monthly meeting.[12]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • In October 1864 the hotel was used for a political meeting by Mr. Semple.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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
  2. 1858 'William Crellin', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 December, p. 1, viewed 25 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page6460721
  3. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 27 August 1860, page 4.
  4. 1860 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 June, p. 4, viewed 2 March, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66056624
  5. 5.0 5.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  6. 6.0 6.1 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14, viewed 16 February, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6136822
  7. Ballarat Star, 20 August 1861.
  8. 1863 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 November, p. 3. , viewed 24 May 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72511737
  9. 1869 'DAMAGE BY THE FLOOD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 October, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112855274
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Vic. :, [Ballarat almanac] , [Ballarat viewed 2 June 2017 http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-380846715
  11. 1883 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 October, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201616666
  12. 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 January, p. 2. , viewed 21 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72513178
  13. 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 October, p. 2. , viewed 01 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66349263
  14. 1857 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 December, p. 3. , viewed 12 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045730
  15. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 08 Nov 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048685
  16. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 29 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  17. 1860 '(Before Messrs W[?] LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 09 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72466933
  18. 1860 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 21 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66056679
  19. 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
  20. Ballarat Star, 20 August 1861.
  21. 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
  22. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 January, p. 3. , viewed 29 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66059791
  23. 1872 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 March, p. 4. , viewed 20 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197627472
  24. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209715941
  25. 1894 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 March, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206497719
  26. 1894 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 15 March, p. 6. , viewed 31 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article192192870
  27. 1904 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 May, p. 3. , viewed 19 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210151760
  28. 1907 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 5 January, p. 12. (FIRST EDITION), viewed 14 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196165097


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