Clarendon Hotel (Lydiard Street)

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Clarendon Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Lydiard Street and Clarendon Street
Known dates 1854-1874

The Clarendon Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1854-1874>.

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The Clarendon Hotel was in Lydiard Street north[1][2][3], probably on the corner with Clarendon Street.[4] In August 1856, A. and H. B. Chalmers, wine and spirit merchants of Armstrong Street, said their business was a large two story corrugated iron shed behind the hotel.[5]

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History[edit | edit source]

In the early days of Ballarat, c.1854, the hotel dining room was used as the first synagogue.[6][7]

The hotel was listed in "The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick’s Creek Commercial Directory and Almanac for 1856,” by Heath and Cordell, of Geelong."[8]

In December 1857 an artist attempted to get his paintings back, which had been sold with the hotel furnishings:

Calder v Cameron.-Mr Cuthbert appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Cope for the defendant. This was an action brought to recover £100, the value of 8 oil paintings belonging to the plaintiff. The plaintiff was an artist, and had left the pictures in the charge of Mr Bolger, at the Clarendon Hotel, who on his return sold out to the defendant, said he refused to give them up, contending that the pictures passed into his possession with the house and furniture. Mr Cope for the defence, merely contended that the plaintiff had over valued the pictures. The assessors found a verdict for the plaintiff for £100, to be reduced to one shilling on the return of the pictures.[9]

This description was published in June 1864:

HENRY CONWELL, Lydiard street, Ballarat. Wooden building, containing thirteen rooms, and at present licensed under the sign of the Clarendon Hotel.[2]

In March 1860 there was a fire at the hotel:

About twenty minutes to seven o'clock last night the western fire-bell rang out an alarm of fire, which was quickly taken up by the eastern fire-bell, and in a short time the Western Fire Brigade and their hose-carriage were seen proceeding to the Clarendon hotel, the chimney of which .was on fire. The fire having been extinguished by the boarders of the hotel, the brigade returned to their quarters, but in twenty-five minutes afterwards the western fire-bell again sounded the dreaded note, and the brigade once more turned out. The alarm this time proceeded from the same quarter, and was caused by wood in the chimney, which communicated with one of the bedrooms, being on fire. The discovery was very fortunate, for in a few minutes longer the building would have been a blaze. The boarders energetically set to work, and with a plentiful supply of water which was at hand, extinguished the fire. The fire brigade mounted the house and poured several buckets of water down the chimney, and the only damage done to the premises was that caused by the water which was some inches deep in the bedrooms. Had it not been for the promptitude of the boarders in the house there can be no doubt that a serious fire would have taken place.[10]

The hotel was described as being gone before 1872.[8], but a license for the hotel was granted in September 1874.[11]


Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1855 the hotel was the venue for Ballarat's first Masonic Ball:

Masonic Ball. — On Thursday evening last, the first masonic ball on Ballarat took place at the Clarendon Hotel ; the company, though not very numerous, embraced the elite of the district, and was highly select. The dancing and music were admirable, and so intense was the satisfaction of the ladies, that not one left "until daylight did appear." The appearance of the brethren of the craft in the full masonic costume of blue and silver interspersed here and there with the purple and crimson of the Royal Arch degree, added very materially to the coup d'œil of the room. We hope the same company will again meet at no distant period.[12]

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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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324917
  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 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  4. 4.0 4.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 March, p. 3. , viewed 03 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219198759
  5. 1856 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 August, p. 1. , viewed 07 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66039225
  6. Charles Dyte, 1861, Reminiscences, in the Australian Jewish Historical Journal
  7. 1861 'HEBREW SYNAGOGUE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 January, p. 4. , viewed 04 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66337060
  8. 8.0 8.1 1872 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 June, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219155436
  9. 9.0 9.1 1857 'COUNTY COURT OF BUNINYONG AND BALLARAT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 December, p. 3. , viewed 15 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045725
  10. 1860 'News and Notes.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 March, p. 2. , viewed 07 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72465781
  11. 11.0 11.1 1874 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 30 September, p. 4. , viewed 29 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191562523
  12. 1855 'BALLARAT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 17 December, p. 6. , viewed 19 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154865902
  13. 13.0 13.1 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 June, p. 4. , viewed 15 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443716
  14. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 October, p. 2. , viewed 14 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72518241
  15. 15.0 15.1 1860 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 August, p. 4. , viewed 19 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66057855
  16. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.
  17. 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 19 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042654
  18. 1857 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 November, p. 3. , viewed 02 Nov 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045394
  19. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2, viewed 28 December, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053306
  20. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 2. , viewed 08 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048627
  21. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 03 Oct 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339909
  22. 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
  23. 1864 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT. Thursday, 22nd September.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 September, p. 4. , viewed 26 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66348285


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