Criterion Hotel (Bridge Street)

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Criterion Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Bridge Street
Known dates 1856-1873

The Criterion Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1856-1873>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Criterion Hotel was in Bridge Street.[1][2] In 1857 the address is given as Main Road, as Bridge Street wasn't named as such until 1858.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In December 1856 the publican Alexander Crow was charged with Sunday trading, but the sale could not be proved.[4]

At the June 1857 license hearing the Licensing Inspector complained that this hotel, like nearly all hotels in the neighbourhood, did not have enough stabling for horses.[5]

Stage coaches travelling to Durham Lead in 1869 left from and returned to the hotel.[2]

In the big flood of October 1869, the hotel was damaged, and the poor publican had only had the business for a couple of weeks:

We could not ascertain the amount of damages caused at the Criterion hotel. The cellars were flooded, but as Mr Haysom has only lately gone into that house to live, he had probably not a very large stock. Much damage was however caused to the furniture in the hotel.[6]

An intruder was discovered hiding in the hotel in February 1872:

At about noon on Wednesday Mrs Russell, of the Criterion hotel, Bridge street, heard a noise in one of the upper rooms, but upon going upstairs she could not find any one there. The noise was repeated, and she got a man to go up with her. After searching about for some time they discovered a bundle of bedclothes, belonging to the house lying in one of the rooms as if ready for removal, and upon looking under the bed they found a young man named Ryan, who has often made his appearance in the police-court as a prisoner. Ryan was at once given in charge to the police.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • The hotel was a venue for a firemen's dinner in April 1868:

To-morrow evening, at Mr John Bracher's Criterion hotel, Bridge street, the members of the Ballarat Fire Brigade intend to entertain at dinner their brother fireman, Mr W. J. Vance, who is about to leave for Europe on a year's leave of absence.[1]

  • In July 1868 the hotel was the venue for a presentation to Detective Berrill.[8]


The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1868 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 April, p. 2, viewed 28 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113602522
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 February, p. 1. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112883052
  3. City of Ballarat, 5 January 2012. Roads and Open Space Index, pg 8. Ballarat: City of Ballarat
  4. 4.0 4.1 1856 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 December, p. 3. , viewed 24 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66040038
  5. 5.0 5.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 11 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042654
  6. 1869 'DAMAGE BY THE FLOOD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 October, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112855274
  7. 1872 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 February, p. 2. , viewed 02 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197626750
  8. 1868 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 July, p. 3. , viewed 20 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113845414
  9. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  10. 1861 'DISTRICT LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 20 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339879
  11. 1869 'POLICE', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 October, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 13 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112854835
  12. 1869 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 October, p. 3. , viewed 25 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112855021
  13. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 09 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881

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