Commercial Hotel (Sturt Street)

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Commercial Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Sturt and Ascot Streets
Closed 1874
Known dates 1868-1874
Demolished Destroyed by fire 10 November 1874

The Commercial Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1868-1874.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Commercial Hotel was on the corner of Sturt Street and Ascot Street, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for lease in 1868.[1]

On 10 November 1874 the hotel was destroyed by fire:

The fire which we mentioned in yesterday morning’s town edition as having taken place at the corner of Sturt and Ascot streets, and by which Mr Graber's Commercial hotel and adjoining store were destroyed, appears to have been the result of accident. Mr John Graber was in Melbourne at the time, attending the volunteer review, he being a member of the Victorian Light Horse Troop, and he left his three sons in charge of the premises. The eldest, John, states that on the previous evening, after cooking his supper, he left a few embers in the kitchen fire-place, and placed a few pieces of wood near the fire to dry before retiring to bed. Shortly after four o’clock on Tuesday morning he was awakened by the crackling of burning timber, and observed that the bedroom was full of smoke, and before he could get out of bed the flames burst through the partition. He then aroused his sleeping brothers, and got them out of the burning building - which was by this time all ablaze at the back — and gave the alarm. Mr Finlayson and a few of the neighbors were quickly on the scene, and did what was possible in saving some of the valuables, but some time elapsed before the fire-bells rang out. Some members of the City Brigade, however, were quickly on the spot with a hose-carriage on the alarm being given, followed by similar apparatus from the Ballarat Fire Brigade, but it was now too late to save the hotel and store, and their efforts were now directed to the preservation of the adjoining cottage, in which they succeeded before much damage was done. The store and cottage were unoccupied. Nearly everything in the hotel was destroyed, including clothing, bedding, and stock, the only articles saved being a chiffonniere, a few chairs, and the cashbox, with a small sum of money. The premises were covered by insurance in the Victoria Company for £300, and in the Norwich Union Company for £250.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 17 December, p. 3, viewed 28 October, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1874 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 November, p. 2. , viewed 17 Jul 2017,
  3. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 28 May 2018,

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