Earl of Zetland Hotel

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Earl of Zetland
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Bridge Street
Known dates 1858-1926

The Earl of Zetland Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1858-1925>.

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The Earl of Zetland Hotel was in Bridge Street, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Thomas Dundas, 2nd Earl of Zetland

The hotel was probably named for Thomas Dundas, the second Earl of Zetland.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In June 1864 William Brown advertised his intention to apply for the renewal of his license:

TO the Bench of Magistrates at Ballarat East-I, WILLIAM BROWN, Hotel-keeper, now residing at Bridge street, in the district of Ballarat East, do hereby give notice of my intention to apply to the justices sitting at the Court of Petty Sessions to be holden at the Police Court, Ballarat East, on the 1st day of July, 1864, for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situated in Bridge street, Ballarat East, and known by the sign of Earl of Zetland Hotel, rented from R. and S. Gibbs, and containing six sitting rooms and twenty bedrooms. Dated this 16th day of June, 1864. WM. BROWN.[3]

In January 1867 the hotel was advertising for a waiter.[4]

The hotel was damaged by a storm in January 1869:

Four skylights at the Earl of Zetland Hotel, Bridge-street, were blown in, and vast quantities of rain entered the upper rooms.[5]

In April 1872 the publican, Isaac Jonas, offered for auction all the furniture, stock in trade and fixtures.[6]

In December 1872 a waiter from the hotel was assaulted:

A waiter at the Earl of Zetland hotel, who went to the assistance, of Sergeant Larner to get a drunken man who was asleep in, Peel street conveyed to the lock-up in a cab on Friday, received a very severe assault from the prisoner. The man commenced by suddenly hitting the waiter under the jaw with a force that sent him spinning round like a top, and then when the drunken fellow was partly in the cab, he kicked out viciously and again caught the volunteer under the jaw. Both the blow and the kick were very painful, and it may be feared that the man who so willingly went to the assistance of the police will look another way next time there is a row.[7]

In October 1873, Jonas was advertising that the hotel had been extended:

WANTED EVERYBODY to KNOW, that JONAS, EARL OF ZETLAND HOTEL, Bridge street, has ENLARGED his already huge ESTABLISHMENT — the largest and most commodious in town — by an additional Suite of Single Bedrooms. Separate Bedrooms. Board and Residence from this date, 13s 6d per week, All Meals 6d!, Beds, 1s. Splendid Free Stabling for the accommodation of country customers.[8]

In 1888 the Licensing Court held hearings to make a decision about which 45 of Ballarat East's 72 hotels would be closed. This hotel was recommended to kept open.[9]

In December 1889 the hotel was revalued:

Two alteration in the valuations of hotels were made yesterday by the Licensing Court, at the instance of Inspector Parkinson. The valuation of Fern’s hotel, Sturt street, was increased to £220, and that of the Earl of Zetland hotel, Bridge street, the license of which is held by Elias Jonas, to £229. Previously the billiard-room in connection with these houses had been separately valued, making the license fee £25 in place of £50. The alteration will raise the fees by £25.[10]

In October 1894 there was a small fire at the Munster Arms, and the hose reel from the Earl of Zetland Hotel was used to put it out:

About a quarter before 11 o’clock last night a fire broke out in the woodhouse of the Munster Arms hotel, at the corner of Victoria and Humffray streets. A young man called the attention of Constables Tolmie and Gardener, who at once sent the alarm to the Ballarat Brigade, and then took the hose reel from the Earl of Zetland hotel. On reaching the hotel they were joined by some firemen, and by the time the brigade arrived everything was safe. The structure contained a quantity of deal wood, and had it not been for the promptness of the constables a serious fire might have resulted.[11]

In March 1916 the publican was charged:

In Ballarat East court on Wednesday Henry J. Bambrick, licensee of the Earl of Zetland Hotel, Bridge-street, was charged with various breaches of the Licensing Act. Evidence for the prosecution was given by the military police. Several of the charges were withdrawn on payment of costs. Defendant, however, pleaded guilty to having allowed liquor to be consumed on his premises during prohibited hours, and a fine of £5 with £2 10/ costs, was imposed.[12]

In December 1926 the Licensing Court opposed the renewal of the license this and other several hotels as the premises were dilapidated:

Similar objection was raised in regard to the Earl of Zetland Hotel, Ballarat East. It was intimated that the license would be surrendered at the expiration of the lease now held by Gilbert Young, which will be next year, and on this condition renewal was granted.[13]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Ballarat Trade Unionists, taking a prominent part in the industrial activity of the colony, formed a committee and the first 8 hour procession was held in Ballarat on April 21st 1858. Banners were carried by the various organisations that marched and the function completed with a dinner at the Earl of Zetland Hotel in Bridge Street.[14]


The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Licensing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324943, (accessed January 19, 2014)
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Thomas Dundas, 2nd Earl of Zetland," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thomas_Dundas,_2nd_Earl_of_Zetland&oldid=760943278 (accessed February 27, 2017).
  3. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 4. , viewed 18 Apr 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345878
  4. 1867 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic.</nowiki> : 1865 - 1924), 14 January, p. 3. , viewed 06 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112860723
  5. 1869 'THE RECENT THUNDERSTORM.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 1 February, p. 7. , viewed 13 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5826909
  6. 6.0 6.1 1872 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 April, p. 3. , viewed 18 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197628351
  7. 1872 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 December, p. 2. , viewed 25 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219197027
  8. 1873 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 15 October, p. 3. , viewed 17 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article192285528
  9. 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14. , viewed 26 Feb 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6136822
  10. 10.0 10.1 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 13 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209576663
  11. 1894 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 October, p. 2. , viewed 05 Jun 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209220503
  12. 12.0 12.1 1916 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 2 March, p. 9. , viewed 02 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155114190
  13. 13.0 13.1 1926 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 December, p. 29. , viewed 23 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3824688
  14. https://www.facebook.com/BALLTLC/info, accessed 18 October 2014.
  15. 1864 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 18 Apr 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346135
  16. 1868, 'COUNTRY ADVERTISMENTS', The Age, 24 October 1868, pg.4, https://www.newspapers.com/image/570921858/
  17. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 24 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  18. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 7 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  19. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 April, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209713546
  20. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 April, p. 2. , viewed 01 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209713869
  21. 1893 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209801684
  22. 1905 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 13 April, p. 6. , viewed 31 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article192237111
  23. 1906 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 21 July, p. 12. , viewed 27 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189373503
  24. 1914 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 26 January, p. 2. (DAILY.), viewed 23 Sep 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73489194
  25. 1925 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 7 January, p. 11, viewed 16 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155570335


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