City Hotel

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City Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Closed 1908
Known dates 1864-1908

The City Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1864-1908.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Lydiard Street south[1][2], opposite the School of Mines.[3]

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History[edit | edit source]

This is a description of the hotel in 1864:

ALEXANDER DANGERFIELD, Lydiard street, Borough of Ballarat. Brick building, containing nine rooms, and licensed under sign of City Hotel.[2]

In June 1873, John Crowther advertised his intention to apply for the license:

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PUBLICAN'S LICENSE.—To the Licensing Magistrates at Ballarat. - I, JOHN CROWTHER, of Ballarat, do hereby give NOTICE that I desire to obtain, and will at the next Licensing Meeting apply for a PUBLICAN'S LICENSE, for a house situate at Sturt street, containing seven rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. To be known by the sign of “ City Hotel.” In lieu of transfer held by me. Dated this 5th day of June, 1873. _ (Signature of Applicant) J. CROWTHER.[4]

In July 1882, a new publican was advertising for business:

Mrs S. A Stoddart, formerly of the Nugget hotel, Smythesdale, and late of Portland, begs to inform: her friends and the public that she has taken the City hotel Lydiard street, opposite the School of Mines.[3]

The hotel was offered for sale in August 1892:

FRIDAY, 12th AUGUST, 1892, At 12 o'clock noon, On the premises known as “City Hotel,” Lydiard street south, opposite School of Mines, Ballarat. SALE BY AUCTION OF That well-known FREEHOLD PROPERTY, “THE CITY HOTEL,” Now occupied by Mrs Stoddart. By order of the Mortgagee. JOHN W. RAIL, and R. M. WEST and CO., In Conjunction, Will sell by auction as above. The hotel is well and centrally situated, close to the Law Courts, School of Mines, and other public buildings. A good and profitable business can be done by an energetic man. The property is for absolute sale, by order of the mortgagee, and a rare chance, therefore, presents itself of securing a valuable hotel property (not affected by local option) at its minimum value. Terms at Sale. R. M. WEST and CO., Mining Exchange Buildings, Agents. JOHN W. RAIL, Lydiard street, Auctioneer.[5]

In January 1907 the owners of the hotel had to get a new publican after the old publican lost his license:

Mr J. B. Pearson, on behalf of the Ballarat Brewing Company, proprietors of the City hotel, applied to have Mrs Jennie Lee installed as temporary agent in charge of file hotel, owing to file former licensee having lost his license through being convicted of larceny. The application was granted, and the tenure of the agent was sanctioned up to the end of the present year.[6]

The hotel was one of 47 Ballarat district hotels listed for closure in 1908 by the License Reduction Board.[1]

In September 1908 the Licenses Reduction Board held a hearing to determine the amount of compensation to be offered:

CITY HOTEL, BALLARAT. Mr J. B. Pearson appeared for the owner, Ballarat Brewing Company, and Mr A. W. Long for the licensee, Mrs Jessie Lee. Alexander Hunter, City valuer, said the hotel was situate in Lydiard street. It contained nine rooms and bath ; four of the rooms were lined with canvas and paper, and the remainder with lath and plaster. The municipal valuation was £43. The rent was £1 a week. Delicensed the property if repairs costing from £30 to £50 were carried out might let as a boardinghouse and bring in from 9s to 10s a week. His price for the land was £6 per foot. Frank Besemeres thought 30s a week a fair rental, and £850 a fair capital value. De-licensed he would value the property at £540, of which £440 would be for land. William A. Drew said based on a rental of 27s 6d a week and on a 12½ years’ purchase he would place a capital value of £775 for the property. Delicensed he would value the property at £345. Mrs Jessie Lee also gave evidence. The decision was reserved.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1908 'BALLARAT HOTELS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 May, p. 3. , viewed 12 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10670968
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 20 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345902
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1882 'ADVERTISEMENT MEMOS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 July, p. 3. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202124025
  4. 1873 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 June, p. 3. , viewed 21 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199005091
  5. 1892 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 August, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204985837
  6. 6.0 6.1 1907 'POLICE COURTS', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 January, p. 3. , viewed 20 Dec 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210886432
  7. 7.0 7.1 1908 'CITY HOTEL, BALLARAT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 September, p. 3. , viewed 12 Sep 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218560503
  8. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 19 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  9. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 January, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112860871
  10. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  11. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 March, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208252592
  12. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186441
  13. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199831117
  14. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 October, p. 3. , viewed 24 May 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200651276
  15. 1883 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 August, p. 4. , viewed 13 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202509950
  16. 1883 'BALLARAT WEST LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 10 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201620353
  17. Wise Post Office Directory 1888, pg.13
  18. 1894 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 March, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206497719
  19. 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
  20. 1894 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 September, p. 2. , viewed 07 Aug 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209218557
  21. 1899 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 March, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215321289
  22. 1899 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 November, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216753382
  23. 1901 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 May, p. 2. , viewed 03 Feb 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207036522


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