Eastern Station Hotel

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Eastern Station Hotel
Eastern Station Hotel, c.2011
History
Town Ballarat
Street Cnr Humffray Street and Rowe Street
Opened October 1862
Known dates 1862-2022
Evidence Building still standing

The Eastern Station Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1864-2024>.

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The hotel was in Humffray Street[1] on the corner with Rowe Street.[2] Note: there was also the Eastern Railway Station Hotel in Humffray Street. Both hotels were operating in 1888, the Eastern Railway being a wooden building close to the station and workshops.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Group outside the hotel, 20 January 1939

The hotel was built in 1862 and opened in about October:

One of the handsomest hotels lately erected in the town is the Eastern Station Hotel, recently opened at the corner of Humffray and Rowe streets and immediately opposite to the Ballarat East railway station. The house is of brick, in two storeys, after a design by Mr Black, the proprietor being Mr Hunt, of the Prince of Wales Hotel. The design is meritorious, and the hotel shows to advantage in its position, a nicely made locomotive engine in little being appropriately fixed above the lamp in front of the door.[2]

In December 1862 the hotel was granted a night license subject to police approval.[3]

In February 1864, miners from Black Hill enjoyed dinner at the hotel:

Forty of the miners employed by the Black Hill Company took advantage on Monday of a day or two's stoppage of the works to make a picnic excursion to Lal Lal. The railway authorities were asked to convey the party to and fro at single fares, but the request was refused, and the party were conveyed in cabs there and back at 3s 6d a head. The day's pleasure was wound up agreeably by a supper at Hunt's Eastern Station. Hotel.[4]

There was a court case in July 1864 over who actually owned the hotel. The publican, Thomas Hunt had borrowed money from the Gibbs with the hotel as the security, and later borrowed from the Oriental Bank. When the bank tried to take the hotel to recover debt, the Gibbs claimed the hotel.

GIBBS AND ANOTHER V STEWART. An interpleader suit to test the question as to whether certain buildings - the Eastern Railway Station and Prince of Wales Hotels - belonged to the plaintiffs or not. Mr Fellows and Mr Walsh appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr M'Dermott and Mr Trench for the defendant. The plaintiffs, wine and spirit merchants in Ballarat, advanced to one Thomas Redshaw Hunt, a licensed publican, in the month of April, 1862, £350 upon the hotels in question, which were situated upon Crown lands. In the following June, another sum of £150 was advanced, and some time afterwards Hunt obtained £500 more, making in all £1000, giving as security a bill of sale over the property. On the 10th April, 1863, Mr Stewart, the present defendant, and at the time, manager of the Oriental Bank, had also, it appears, advanced money to Hunt, and in order to recover payment he brought an action in the County Court against him in February last, and obtained a judgment for the amount. An execution was in due course put in, and the plaintiffs then brought forward their claim; the action then arose to determine the validity of their title. These are the principal features of the case, but there were other circumstances connected with it which, to a certain extent, rendered it complicated. The lane upon which one of the hotels was erected (the Eastern Station Hotel) was taken up in the name of John Hunt, at the time resident in Scotland, and portion of the money was advanced in his name. Lien tickets were also given over the land and premises, &c, at the time, and also a bill of sale; but as the latter was not registered, a further bill of sale was executed in April, 1863, upon which the plaintiffs' claim rested. Mr M'Dermott took several objections to this document; one being that Hunt was improperly described as living in Ballarat, when be resided in Ballarat East, but these objections were overruled by his Honor, who stated that the case mainly rested upon the bona fide character of the transaction between the plaintiffs and Hunt, namely, as to whether the money was advanced or not. if the jury felt convinced that the money was advanced, then the verdict would be for the plaintiffs. The jury, without leaving the box, found that the two hotels and furniture were the property of the plaintiffs, but, the consumable spirits and other stocks were not.[5]

The hotel was one of the hotels reviewed at the Licensing Court 1888 hearings:

Eastern Station Hotel — William Mitchell, licensee; Mrs Fussell, owner. A two storied brick building, of 17 rooms, well furnished, well conducted; close to railway station; 15 beds, and three-stall stable.[6]

In November 1918 an old mine shaft under the hotel stables opened up:

OLD SHAFT FALLS IN. A sensation was caused at the Eastern Station Hotel, Humffray St., Ballarat E., the other morning, by the collapse of the old Sulieman Pasha shaft, over which a stable in the hotel yard was not long ago built. During the night a horse was in the stable, and in the morning it was found that one of its hoofs had gone through the brick and cement flooring. With some difficulty the animal's hoof was extricated, and after the horse had been led from the stable there was a rumbling noise and the flooring for a length of about 8 feet and a width of 6 feet disappeared. It was found (that the shaft was about 150 feet in depth, and had much water in the bottom. The remarkable thing is that the collapse did not occur while the horse was standing in the stable. Had it done so, the animal must have fallen to the bottom. The licensee (Mr Rollan) did not know that the shaft was beneath the stable, and he immediately informed the owners of the property the Ballarat Brewing Company, of the accident. It will be impossible to fill the shaft in, and it will probably be necessary to slab it over.[7]

In June 1930 the publican, Catherine Fiscalini was fined £3 for disposing of liquor during prohibited hours.[8]

The hotel was robbed in July 1930:

THIEF ENTERS HOTEL THROUGH CELLAR BALLARAT, Monday. — The ingenious method of breaking into the Eastern Station Hotel by way of the cellar on the street path was adopted by a thief in the week-end. He took more than £2 left in the till in the bar.[9]

The hotel became well known as a live music venue in the 2010s, but was affected by the COVID lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. In July 2020 the hotel received a state government grantwhich was specifically designed to support live music in smaller venues.[10]

On 29 April 2022 the owners Matt and Chrissie Stone announced that they were unable to get public liability for their business. The final musical acts were going to be Melbourne rockers MOD CON on Friday night (29 April 2022), supported by Sarah Mary Chadwick. The hotel will close indefinitely at 4.00pm on Saturday 30 April 2022.[11]

The hotel freehold was offered for sale in July 2023.[12] In September 2023 the price was $1,400,000. The hotel has eight accommodation rooms on the second floor.[13]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community meetings[edit | edit source]

  • May 1864, a meeting to oppose the amalgamation of the Ballarat and Ballarat East councils.[14]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • December 1863, on James Nunn, a two year old child, who was found floating face down in a waterhole on the Black Hill Flat.[15][16]

Lodges[edit | edit source]

  • Court Pride of the East, No.3817, A.O.F., July 1863. Half-yearly meeting; the publican Thomas Hunt was elected as treasurer.[17]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • October 1864, a political speech by Charles Dyte.[18]
  • November 1864, a political speech by Mr. Deeble.[19]

Sporting[edit | edit source]

  • Ballarat East A Grade Football Club:
    • April 1914, annual general meeting. Excellent prospects for the year ahead.[20]
    • April 1915, annual general meeting. Club severely affected by members joining the army.[21]
  • Ballarat Pigeon Shooting club, December 1863, event organised by the publican, Thomas Hunt:

After the shooting was over the club adjourned to Hunt's Eastern Station Hotel, where an ample spread was provided, to which justice was done, the company keeping up the hilarity of the evening till a late hour.[22]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14, viewed 28 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6136822
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1862 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 4 December, p. 2. , viewed 07 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66329193
  3. 1862 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 4 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66329184
  4. 1864 'NEW AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 February, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72513308
  5. 5.0 5.1 1864 'CIRCUIT COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 July, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346673
  6. 6.0 6.1 1888 'HUMFFRAY STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443845
  7. 7.0 7.1 1918 'OLD SHAFT FALLS IN.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 8 November, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119561574
  8. 1930 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 June, p. 16. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4094155
  9. 1930 'THIEF ENTERS HOTEL THROUGH CELLAR', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 7 July, p. 8. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242806726
  10. 10.0 10.1 2020, Hopkins, Ben, 'Victorian Live Music Venues Program to potentially help Ballarat live music scene', Ballarat Courier, 6 July 2020, https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/6819631/ballarat-live-music-scene-thrown-a-lifeline/
  11. 2022, Ford, Alex, 'Ballarat's The Eastern to close 'indefinitely' with insurance woes', Ballarat Courier, 29 April
  12. 2023, Real Estate, Ballarat Courier, 15 July 2023, pg. 17, https://digital-print-edition.austcommunitymedia.com.au/BAL/2023/07/15/3dissue/index.html
  13. 2023, Erin Williams, 'Ballarat pubs, the Queens Head Hotel and The Eastern, for sale', Ballarat Courier, 20 September 2023, https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/8355934/two-well-known-ballarat-pubs-for-sale/
  14. 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 20 May, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345056
  15. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1863, Ref. No. 7852
  16. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72511969
  17. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 July, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515659
  18. 1864 'MR DYTE AT THE BROWN HILL AND HUNT'S HOTEL.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 October, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66349194
  19. 1864 'MR DEEBLE'S MEETINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 3 November, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 06 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66349448
  20. 1914 'EAST BALLARAT, A GRADE.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 10 April, p. 11. (DAILY.), viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73297577
  21. 1915 'FOOTBALL.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 28 April, p. 7. (DAILY.), viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73959505
  22. 1863 'PIGEON SHOOTING MATCHES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 December, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72512082
  23. 1862 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 October, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66327944
  24. 1862 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 October, p. 4. , viewed 07 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66328058
  25. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515106
  26. 1864 'MR DYTE AT THE BROWN HILL AND HUNT'S HOTEL.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 October, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 06 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66349194
  27. 1869 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 February, p. 2. , viewed 26 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112883076
  28. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 March, p. 4. , viewed 25 Jun 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219198726
  29. 1873 'BALLARAT EAST QUARTERLY LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 September, p. 2. , viewed 22 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201606937
  30. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 8 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  31. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 April, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209713546
  32. 1892 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 July, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204984320
  33. 1911 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 March, p. 5. , viewed 27 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216628744
  34. 1912 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 July, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221716389
  35. 1916 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 April, p. 3. , viewed 06 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154539138
  36. 1919 'HOTEL TRANSFERS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 20 August, p. 13. , viewed 09 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202444626
  37. 1929 'PROVINCIAL CITIES AND TOWNS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 26 July, p. 7. , viewed 12 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204114059
  38. 1930 'LICENCES TRANSFERRED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 March, p. 17. , viewed 25 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4072390
  39. 1935 'ALTERATIONS APPROVED', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 26 February, p. 7. , viewed 13 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11017640
  40. See photo
  41. 1949 'HOTEL TRANSFERS', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 6 July, p. 26. , viewed 24 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22762655


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