Centenary Hotel

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Centenary Hotel
Centenary Hotel, 1939, Photographer: Jack Walton, Museums Victoria .[1]
Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Bridge and Peel Streets
Known dates 1934-1960
Other names North Grant Hotel
Evidence Building still standing

The Centenary Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1934-1960.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the south east corner of Bridge Street and Peel Street, address 92 Bridge Street.

Background[edit | edit source]

This hotel operated from the site of the former North Grant Hotel.[2] It later became the Ballarat Hotel.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In September 1937 the publican avoided more serious charges for trading after hours; she had poured the drinks but not actually served them:

"I am bound by the decision of the former Chief Justice (Sir William Irvine) as to the meaning of the word "disposal", said Mr. A. Hill, P.M., in the city court, when Muriel Alvie Lyon, licensee of the Centenary Hotel, was charged with unlawful disposal of liquor, with having had the bar door open, and with having permitted persons on the premises at 8.40p.m. on August 28, Evidence showed that when the police arrived there were six men present, and four glasses and two pots of beer had just been poured out to be handed round. Mr. T. E. Byrne said that the police were just a minute too soon. The beer was there, but had not been disposed of to the men. Mr. Hill said that disposal to any particular person had not been proved, and the charge must fail. For having had the bar door open defendant was fined £5, and for having permitted unauthorised persons on the premises 15. Five men were each fined £1.[3]

In November 1941 the publican was fined for breaches of the licensing laws:

Laurence Frederick Etherton, licensee of the Centenary Hotel, Bridge-street, was fined £5 in the city court on Tuesday on a charge of having the bar door open during prohibited hours, and £2 for permitting unauthorised person on the premises. A charge of disposal of liquor was dismissed. Three men were each fined 15/.[4]

In October 1956 a man was caught stealing bottles of wine, twice:

He stole two bottles of wine-twice. BALLARAT, Monday: A man intercepted with two bottles of wine from the cupboard of a local hotel, was caught again the next night with the same two bottles, the City Court was told to day. John McCallum, 22, of Gnotuk ave., Aspendale, was fined £4, in default six days' gaol, on two charges of theft. Otto Volz, of the Centenary Hotel, Bridge st., said that at 10 p.m. on October 12 McCallum and another man booked into the hotel. About 10.30 he saw McCallum come from the cupboard with two bottles of wine. He took them from McCallum, and told him he was not allowed to take them. At 8.15 next night he heard a noise at the cupboard, and saw McCallum running along the passage with the two bottles of wine. He chased McCallum, and took the wine from him, saying "You are a sneak thief." McCallum started to fight, and began abusing him, he said.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Museums Victoria Collections https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/788263 Accessed 06 January 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Former Centenary Hotel, Ballarat Buildings, Buildings and Architecture in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, http://www.ballaratbuildings.com/former-centenary-hotel-92-bridge-street-bakery-hill/, accessed 19 January 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 1937 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 29 September, p. 16. , viewed 24 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11104160
  4. 4.0 4.1 1941 'Country News', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 19 November, p. 9. , viewed 24 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209812326
  5. 5.0 5.1 1956 'He stole two bottles of wine-twice', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 16 October, p. 7. , viewed 24 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84391804
  6. 1939 'HOTEL TRANSFERS', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 22 March, p. 10. , viewed 07 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12109778
  7. 1949 'Hotel Tansfers.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 May, p. 23, viewed 12 March, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22726367
  8. 1959, 'HOTEL, OTHER LICENSES', The Age, 28 November 1959, pg.21, https://www.newspapers.com/image/122419584/

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