Club Hotel (Lydiard Street)

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Club Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Opened March 1874
Known dates 1874-1916
Other names Stock Exchange Hotel

The Club Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, 1874-1916>.

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The hotel was at Lydiard Street, Ballarat, opposite Craig's Royal Hotel.[1][2]

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Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was formerly the Stock Exchange Hotel, but was renamed when taken over by the Ballarat Club in March 1874.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel opened in March 1874 as the meeting rooms for the Ballarat Club:

The Ballarat Club has been removed from Craig’s hotel to the Club hotel, on the opposite side of Lydiard street. The Club hotel has till lately borne the name of the Stock Exchange hotel, but that appellation has been changed, owing to the Ballarat Club having taken possession of the premises and sublet the same to Mr Frederick Wilkins, who has for many years been the chief in Craig’s hotel. Already a vast change has been effected in the internal arrangements of the club’s hotel, and extensive apartments have been set aside for the sole use of the members. The club only moved into the new premises on Thursday, but owing to the alacrity displayed by Mr Wilkins the comfort of its members has been promptly seen to. The rear of the hotel is occupied by the club, and swinging doors divide the rooms from the public portion of the hotel. A large room, 32 feet by 23 feet, is set apart for the reading and writing accommodation; on the floor of this room there is an elegant and expensive Brussels carpet of capital design, whilst all the furniture is of handsome appearance. At the rear of this is the club's billiard-room, a splendid billiard-table, with all the requisites, having been provided for the members. At either end of the room there are card-rooms fitted with tables and every other convenience, nicely carpeted and richly furnished. The luncheon-room, set apart for members of the club only, is situate at the left hand side of the entrance to the reading-room from Lydiard street, and on the opposite side a splendid bath-room has been fitted up for the use of the club, the members of which can obtain hot and cold shower and plunge baths. Besides these, every attention has been paid to the comfort of the members, and the whole arrangements reflect great credit upon Mr Wilkins, under whose supervision and assistance the works have been carried out, and he has proved himself so far to be the right man in the right place. The club room had yet to be papered, and other little etceteras attended to, and the members of the club have already expressed themselves as being heartily pleased with the change. Other accommodation not less complete is afforded to members of the club who reside at the hotel. The furniture and fittings have, with a few exceptions, been obtained from local tradesmen.[1]

In April 1874, people were lucky to escape injury when part of the hotel's iron lace work fell:

While Mr Bell was addressing the crowd before the Club hotel on Wednesday afternoon after the result of the polling was known, a portion of the ornamental iron work in front of the balcony gave way and fell upon the pavement beneath and smashed into fragments, the persons standing beneath narrowly escaping serious injury.[3]

In April 1913 the publican was fined:

At the city court on Friday Albert Hanns, licensee of the Club Hotel, Ballarat West, was fined 10/, with costs, on a charge of selling wine which was not labelled with the name and address of the person who bottled it. Mr. Freeman, who prosecuted on behalf of the Board of Health, admitted that the alleged offence was merely of a technical character. The bench, said there was no wilful intent to commit a breach of the act; hence the light penalty.[4]

In November 1916 the publican was fined:

In the City Court, on Tuesday, Dolly Lawson, licensee of the Club Hotel, was fined £10 for having had the bar door open during prohibited hours. Three men who were found on the premises were each fined 10/-.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1874 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 March, p. 2. , viewed 30 Mar 2017,
  2. Sands & McDougall, McDougall's Melbourne, suburban and country directory : 1910, pg. 1936,
  3. 1874 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 April, p. 2. , viewed 27 Dec 2019,
  4. 1913 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 26 April, p. 14. , viewed 03 Dec 2023,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1916 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 November, p. 5. , viewed 17 Jul 2020,
  6. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017,
  7. 1882 'CITY LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Jan 2018,
  8. 1892 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 July, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  9. 1894 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 September, p. 2. , viewed 07 Aug 2021,
  10. 1907 'POLICE COURTS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 April, p. 3. , viewed 17 Apr 2021,
  11. 1912 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 2 March, p. 19. , viewed 03 Dec 2023,
  12. 1913 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 16 August, p. 14. , viewed 17 May 2022,

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