Federal Hotel (Lydiard Street)

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Federal Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Opened 1892
Closed 1913
Known dates 1894-1913
Other names Jackson's Hotel
Royal George Hotel
Railway Hotel
Regent Tavern
Jackson's & Co.
The Sporting Globe

The Federal Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1894-1913. It was the third hotel on a site that has been used for hotels from 1860-2017>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the south west corner of Lydiard Street and Mair Street.[1] The site had been the location of Ballarat's original post office, first in a tent, and later in a wooden building, as recreated at Sovereign Hill.[1] The hotel was built in 1860 by John Jackson.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The first hotel on the site was Jackson's Hotel, from 1860-1863. The name was changed to the Royal George Hotel from 1863 until about 1894.[1][2] After the forced hotel closures in Ballarat in the 1890's, the Royal George was renamed the Federal Hotel.[1] In 1913 it was renamed as the Railway Hotel until the 1970's.[1] For a time it was known as the Regent Tavern. In 2013 it was opened as Jackson's & Co., and in 2015 The Sporting Globe.

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1894 it was reported that William Smyth had taken over the Royal George Hotel and was planning to renovate and rename the hotel:

Mr W. Smyth, the well-known manager of Ballarat, has taken over the business of the Royal George hotel in Lydiard and Mair streets, and will shortly enter into possession. It is proposed to change the name of the house and to effect extensive improvements which will include a roomy and well appointed bar in Mair street. Mr Smyth, who has had experience in a similar business at Allendale, promises to well consider the comfort of patrons.[2]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In May 1894 William Smyth took over the hotel.
  • In September 1895 the license was transferred from William Smyth to E. L. Smyth.[3]
  • In December 1906 Edith Smythe's application to extend trading until 1.30 a.m. was struck out as he did not appear at the court.[4]

Legacies[edit | edit source]

The original Jackson's Hotel building, erected in 1860, is still in use. A copy of the 1890's verandah, demolished in 1964, was rebuilt in 2013.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jacksons & Co, 2013, http://www.jacksonsandco.com.au/history, accessed 11 February 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 1894 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 May, p. 2. , viewed 11 Apr 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206500455
  3. 1895 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 September, p. 3. , viewed 31 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203168526
  4. 1906 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 14 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206493119

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