Fern's Hotel

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Fern's Hotel
Fern's Hotel
History
Town Ballarat
Street cnr. Sturt and Albert Street
Known dates 1881-1891
Other names Phillips' Hotel
Carlyons Hotel

Fern's Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1881-1891>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the corner of Sturt Street[1] and Albert Street (see photograph).

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was named for its publican, Daniel Fern.


History[edit | edit source]

Mind-reading was the entertainment in December 1881:

Professor Rice gave an exhibition of his peculiar powers at Fern's hotel last evening, when his "mind reading" capabilities were submitted to severe tests by several professional gentlemen. In every instance the professor was successful. Charts in physiognomy were issued during the day to a moderate number of persons.[2]

In March 1886, a number of publicans sought permission for extended hours:

Mr Pearson applied, on behalf of Daniel Fern, licensee of Fern’s hotel, Sturt street, to be allowed to sell liquor after half-past 11 o’clock. The grounds on which the extension was sought were the same as in the other cases of similar nature, viz., the accommodation of persons arriving by the late trains. The licensee stated that an average of five persons a night came to his hotel by these late trains. If the law had provided for an extension of license the previous year he would have applied for it. Decision reserved.[3]

The extension was refused.

In June 1887 the hotel was decorated with the Isle of Man coat of arms to celebrate Queen Victoria's fifty year reign.[4]

In September 1887 the licensee successfully opposed the granting of a license to the Anglo-French club:

An application was made to the Licensing Court yesterday for a certificate that the Anglo-French Club was a bona fide club within the meaning of the Act. Mr Finlayson appeared in support of the application. Mr Gaunt, on behalf of the licensee of Fern’s hotel, objected, on the ground that it was only another way of obtaining a license to sell liquor for Mr Legal, the proprietor of the Restaurant de Paris, above which place the rooms of the club were situated. A similar application had been refused by the Melbourne Licensing Court, and it would be unjust for the Licensing Court to grant certificates to clubs having premises connected with restaurants. Mr J. J. C. Fitzpatrick, hon. secretary of the club, stated that it numbered 73 members. The club was formed in order to enable French and English residents to meet together, and to improve themselves in French conversation. The entrance fee was £2 2s. The club would derive all the benefits from the sale of liquors to its members. The chairman of the court said it was a dangerous thing to allow a club to be where there was already an existing license. The application was refused.[5]

In September 1887, charges against the publican were dropped:

A prosecution against Mr D. Fern, the licensee of Fern’s hotel, Sturt street (for supplying liquor to persons while under the influence of drink) was heard at the Licensing Court yesterday. Mr Pearson appeared for the defence. The case rested on the evidence of Constable Spillane, who stated that he saw three young men, one of them under the influence of liquor, go into the hotel at about half-past 11 o’clock on the night of the 3rd instant. They left the hotel after having some more liquor, and one of them was arrested for drunkenness, and was fined at the police court. Constable Jeffron gave corroborative evidence. The defence was that the young fellows were not drunk, or if so, it was not apparent to those by whom the liquor was served. Miss Fern, who served the drink, stated that the men appeared perfectly sober, and other witnesses who were in the bar gave similar evidence. His Honor said the court did not think the evidence was clear enough to show that the person who served the liquor knew that the men were drunk. The case was dismissed.[5]

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.[6]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • Black Horse United Company, Egerton, half yearly meeting, 28 January 1891.[7]
  • Central Plateau Company:
    • half yearly meeting, 31 October 1887.[8]
    • half yearly meeting, 30 April 1891.[9]
  • Chalk Company, special meeting, 21 January 1887.[10]
  • East Midas, half yearly meeting, 30 April 1891, Daniel Fern chairing the meeting.[11]
  • Hepburn Estate Company, half-yearly meeting, 8 December 1885.[12]
  • Hobart Pasha, 12 February 1884.[13]
  • Kingston Lead Consols, first general meeting, 14 March 1882.[14]
  • Lord Harry Company, half yearly meeting, 25 September 1891.[15]
  • Parade Company, Special General Meeting, May 1883.[1]
  • Shamrock Company, General Meeting, October 1889, with Daniel Fern chairing the meeting.
  • Smith's Freehold Company, October 1882.[16]
  • Waterloo Company, 21 January 1887, half yearly meeting.[10]

Sports[edit | edit source]

  • Ballarat Bowling Club, August 1883, annual meeting.[17]
  • Ballarat Rifle Club, July 1887, annual meeting.[18]

Unions[edit | edit source]

  • Painters' Union, May 1888 half yearly meeting.[19]

The People[edit | edit source]


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1883 'PARADE COMPANY, BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 May, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202505932
  2. 1881 'PROFESSOR RICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 2. , viewed 10 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202597960
  3. 1886 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 March, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204429720
  4. 1887 'THE ILLUMINATIONS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 June, p. 4. , viewed 20 Dec 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207770406
  5. 5.0 5.1 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 September, p. 2. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207774925
  6. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 13 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209576663
  7. 1891 'BLACK HORSE UNITED COMPANY, EGERTON.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 January, p. 4. , viewed 10 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204144150
  8. 1887 'CENTRAL PLATEAU COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 November, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209207898
  9. 1891 'CENTRAL PLATEAU COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 May, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209714574
  10. 10.0 10.1 1887 'MEETINGS', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 January, p. 4. , viewed 09 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203947423
  11. 1891 'EAST MIDAS COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 May, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209714573
  12. 1885 'HEPBURN ESTATE COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206304780
  13. 1884 'MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 February, p. 4. , viewed 10 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202583102
  14. 1882 'KINGSTON LEAD CONSOLS.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 15 March, p. 4. , viewed 09 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article249294193
  15. 1891 'THE LORD HARRY COMPANY', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 September, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204316205
  16. 1882 'MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 October, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202130615
  17. 1883 'BALLARAT BOWLING CLUB.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 August, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202510690
  18. 1887 'BALLARAT RIFLE CLUB.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 July, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207771442
  19. 1888 'BALLARAT PAINTERS' UNION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 May, p. 3. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209441241
  20. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209715941


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