Golden City Hotel

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Golden City Hotel
Golden City Hotel, January 1965, J.T. Collins collection, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.
Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Sturt and Dawson Streets
Known dates 1890s-2024
Other names Adelphi Hotel
Evidence Building still standing

The Golden City Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1890s-2024

Site[edit | edit source]

The Golden City Hotel is on the southeast corner of Sturt Street and Dawson Street, Ballarat. The first hotel on this site was the Adelphi Hotel, from 1856 to 1890's when the name was changed.

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Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Golden City Hotel, December 2011

From a newspaper promotion is September 1905:

Mrs. H. L. Pobjoy, of the Golden City hotel, corner of Sturt and Dawson streets, Ballarat, announces first-class accommodation for travellers and visitors. The charges are moderate, and everything is very clean and comfortable. There is also a fine view from the very large balcony.[1]

In 1917 the hotel was issued with a special permit to serve alcohol with meals between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.[2]

In May 1921, the publican was fined for breaches of the licensing laws:

In the city court on Wednesday Charles Fiscalani, licensee of the Golden City Hotel Sturt-street, was fined £10 for having had his bar door open during prohibited hours, and £5 for having permitted persons to remain in the hotel during such hours with out a lawful excuse. Of the ten men found in the hotel, nine were fined £1 each, as they had merely sent apologies for non-attendance in court. One, who appeared was fined 10/.[3]

In July 1931, the publican was successfully sued for damages:

John Edward Woodruff, of Ripponlea, on Thursday obtained a verdict for £75 damages and costs against Charles Fiscalini, licensee of the Golden City Hotel tor injuries sustained by falling into a cellar in the bar.[4]

In December 1932 the license was renewed after the Licensing Inspector withdrew his objections to the renewal.[5]

In December 1984 the hotel applied for a license to trade on a Sunday.[6]

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The People[edit | edit source]

The well-known Golden City Hotel, corner of Sturt and Dawson streets, Ballarat, so successfully conducted by Mr. Fiscalini for the past sixteen years, has now changed hands. This popular rendezvous has been renovated throughout and visitors and guests can rest assured that an excellent table and comfortable living and bed rooms, with all conveniences await them. Mr. Maloney, who for so long, has identified himself with the interests of the Golden City, is now the genial "mine host."[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1905 'BALLARAT HOTELS.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 30 September, p. 5. , viewed 31 Jul 2021,
  2. 1917 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 January, p. 4, viewed 30 January, 2014,
  3. 1921 'COUNTRY NEWS', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 19 May, p. 8. , viewed 13 Mar 2018,
  4. 1931 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 17 July, p. 13. , viewed 13 Mar 2018,
  5. 1932 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 6 December, p. 10. , viewed 25 Apr 2020,
  6. 1984, 'TODAY'S LAW LIST', The Age, 28 December 1984, pg.10,
  7. 1919 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 4 September, p. 8. , viewed 23 Dec 2022,
  8. 1924 'COUNTRY NEWS', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 17 September, p. 15. , viewed 12 Mar 2018,
  9. 1936 'GOLDEN CITY HOTEL, BALLARAT.', Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), 4 June, p. 26. , viewed 11 Mar 2018,

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