Edward King Williams

From Hotels of Ballarat
Edward King Williams
Other names "Ned"
Occupation Publican
Years active 1876-1889
Known for Gem Hotel, Stork Hotel
Home town Ballarat

Edward "Ned" King Williams was a publican in Ballarat, <1876-1889>.

History[edit | edit source]

In August 1876 the press reported that Williams, of the Gem Hotel, was taking over the licence of the Stork Hotel.[1]

Williams held the license for the Gem Hotel in Armstrong Street South from at least September 1876.[2]

In December 1887, there was another publican, Eliza Blackith who had her licence renewed with conditions.[3] The Blackith's had held the license before Williams. In 1888 and 1889 Williams is again listed as the publican.[4][5]


Memorial[edit | edit source]

After his death a committee was formed to create a memorial:

Deputation.—Messrs R. S. Foley, T. T. Hollway, and E. Shew, presenting the "Ned” Williams memorial committee, waited as a deputation to ask for permission to erect a drinking fountain at the lake, say, opposite Taylor’s hotel, or at some other site, in memory of the late Mr Williams'. Mr Foley remarked that, after paying for a headstone at the grave, the committee had from £65 to £70 in hand, and they wished with this to ornament the lake and do honor to the memory of the pioneer of rowing on the lake. It was resolved, on the motion of Cr Shoppee, seconded by Cr Barker, to refer the matter to the mayor and Cr Heinz, with power to act, in consultation with the engineer.[6]

The memorial was restored in 2021.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1876 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 August, p. 2. , viewed 30 Oct 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199830313
  2. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199831117
  3. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 16 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209209691
  4. Victorian Post Office Directory (Wise), 1888, pg.8
  5. F. W. Niven & Co's Ballarat and District Directory for 1888-9
  6. 1900 'CITY COUNCIL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 1. , viewed 18 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206968049

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