Gem Hotel

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Gem Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Armstrong Street
Closed 1911
Known dates 1864-1911
Google maps -37.5625876,143.8557132

The Gem Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1864-1911.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was at 9 Armstrong Street, on the north east corner with Bath Lane.[1][2][3] This is now (2016) the site of the Carillion.

Location[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The land on which the hotel stood was sold in the first sales of land, at the Crown Land Office in Geelong, on 25 November 1852. At this time, it was planned that the main street would be Armstrong Street:

The third lot sold that day was the half-acre running from Armstrong to Lydiard street, traversed now by Bath street and in part occupied by Union Bank, Gem hotel, and part of Bath’s (Craig’s) hotel. This lot was bought from the Crown by James Wilson for £81.[4]

The Ballarat City Council purchased a number of properties behind the Town Hall in 1914, including the site of the former Gem Hotel.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

In 1864-1865 the hotel was referred to as Meyer's Gem Hotel.[6]

The publican was charged in March 1883 with selling inferior mislabeled alcohol:

A number of hotelkeepers and wine and spirit merchants were proceeded against at the City Police Court this morning for breaches of the Trade Marks Statute. Mr M'Kean prosecuted in all the cases, which were brought at the instance of Excise officer Rattray. The first case heard was that against Edward Williams, licensee of the Gem Hotel, Armstrong street for placing brandy of an inferior quality in Martell's bottles. The evidence for the prosecution was to the effect that the brandy was 32.6 under proof, coarse in taste, fiery, and insipid , in fact, inferior brandy badly manipulated. The defence was that there was no evidence to show that the brandy purchased had not been untouched between the time it was taken away and being tested. The defendant swore that the brandy he sold to the excise officer was purchased in 1871 and was Martell's. The Bench was of opinion that the identity of the brandy had not been sufficiently established, and dismissed the case.[7]

There were problems with the hotel in 1887 which affected the license:

The license of Eliza Blackith, of the Gem hotel, was renewed, conditionally that the certificate authorising the issue of the license be kept in the office until the inspector gives a certificate that the premises are in compliance with the Act.[8]

The hotel was sold in 1902:

BALLARAT. A number of city properties in the estate of the late Mr. Thomas Bath, J.P., were offered for sale at auction on Tuesday, but only one, the Gem Hotel, at the corner of Armstrong and Bath streets, was disposed of, the licensee, Mr. R. Taylor, becoming the purchaser at £2400.[2]

The license was reviewed by the License Reduction Board in March 1911:

GEM HOTEL. In the case of the Gem Hotel, Armstrong street, Mr F. Ham appeared for the licensee (Miss Annie Campbell) and Mr J. B. Pearson for the owner (Mr Edward Taylor). Senior-Constable Patterson and Constable Hayes expressed the opinion that the hotel could be done without. They both agreed that.it was a "conservative" hotel, and its business was confined mostly to the "select" classes. A livery-stable keeper gave evidence that he frequented the hotel at times, and from what he had seen he should say it was very well conducted. A lot of business people made it a practice of meeting there to discuss their affairs. It was a place where people could have a nice quiet conversation, away from the distractions of the bar. The owner gave evidence that, he had made additions to the value of £160 to the hotel since he had taken it over. He received £3 rent, and an ingoing of £950. The licensee said she did no jug trade, and her drinks were mostly small ones. Trade had fallen off during recent years, through the general depression of the town. The Board, then adjourned till today, when the Cosmopolitan, Grand, and Royal Don Hotels will be taken.[9]

The hotel was one of 11 Ballarat hotels closed in 1911 by the License Reduction Board.[10]

In October 1914 it was reported that the Ballarat Council had purchased the Gem Hotel site.[11]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • March 1870 - a thankyou dinner by the employees of L. S. Christie and Co., Hall of Commerce. The business had been sold by Mr Alexander and Mr Healy to Mr Hardie and Mr Marquand.[12]

Sporting[edit | edit source]

  • June 1894, Ballarat Football Association monthly meeting.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ruyg, John, Historic Hotels of Ballarat, 2016, [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1902 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 4 June, p. 7. , viewed 16 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199388167
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dicker, Ballarat and Ballarat District Directory, 1865-1866, pg. 10,
  4. 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 July, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209445046
  5. 1914 'THE CITY FINANCES', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1878; 1914 - 1918), 30 October, p. 1. (DAILY.), viewed 16 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73903288
  6. 6.0 6.1 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 April, p. 3. , viewed 11 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112886022
  7. 1883 'TRADE-MARK PROSECUTIONS IN BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 March, p. 11. , viewed 08 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8502784
  8. 8.0 8.1 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
  9. 9.0 9.1 1911 'GEM HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 March, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216628852
  10. 1911 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 March, p. 4. , viewed 31 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216630332
  11. 1914 'THE CITY FINANCES', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 30 October, p. 1. (DAILY.), viewed 08 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73903288
  12. 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 March, p. 2. , viewed 08 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219307266
  13. 1894 'BALLARAT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206502824
  14. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 11 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  15. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 26 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  16. 1874 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250343
  17. 1874 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 10 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250343
  18. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186441
  19. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 August, p. 4. , viewed 30 May 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199830397
  20. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199831117
  21. Victorian Post Office Directory (Wise), 1888, pg.8
  22. F. W. Niven & Co's Ballarat and District Directory for 1888-9
  23. 1906 'POLICE COURTS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 February, p. 8. , viewed 17 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209227256


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