Golden Empire Hotel (Drummond Street)

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Golden Empire Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Drummond Street South
Known dates 1872
Demolished Burnt down March 1872

The Golden Empire Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1872.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Drummond Street South, between Sebastopol and South Streets, and shared a wall with the Brewery Hotel.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was destroyed by fire in March 1872:

A fire occurred at about half-past one o'clock this morning at the Golden Empire hotel, in Drummond street, between Sebastopol and South streets. The hotel was completely destroyed, only the chimneys remaining. A building forming the south end of the Brewery hotel, occupied by Mrs Shannon, and belonging to Messrs Murton and Leggo, was also burned. The Golden Empire was the property at Mr Barry, of the Mallow Hotel, Skipton street, and had been unoccupied for some months. We understand the hotel was insured for £250 in the Victoria Company, but could not ascertain whether the Brewery hotel was insured or not.[1]

The Golden Empire hotel, in Drummond street, which was destroyed by fire yesterday morning, was the property of Mr Barry, of the, Mallow hotel, in Skipton street, by whom it was insured for £260 in the Victoria Company. The house had been unoccupied for some months past. The fire had been burning for some twenty minutes before the alarm was given by one of the constables on duty in Sturt street ringing the Western bell. The City firemen, with two hose reels and the apparatus carriage, were soon on the spot, where they were joined by several of the Eastern brigade and some of the newly- enrolled South Ward Brigade, the City men got the water-plugs, and worked with a will to extinguish the flames, which they succeeded in doing after the Empire hotel and a cottage adjoining were reduced to ashes; but their efforts saved the Brewery hotel and boarding-house adjoining (the property of Messrs Murton and Leggo), and occupied by Mrs Shanahan, a widow, and several boarders. A dancing-room in the rear of this hotel was burnt, but the whole fabric would have been consumed had it not been for the assistance rendered by the brigades. As the fire did not break out till after one o'clock in the morning the watchman in the City tower had retired to rest, and this accounts for the delay which ensued before the bell was rang. Another unusual circumstance was, that not a single cab could be seen in the streets.[2]

The site was used for a house soon after the fire:

TENDERS required to ERECT PREMISES at site of late Golden Empire Hotel, Drummond street south. Drawings and specifications may be seen until noon of Monday, the 8th instant, at the office of H. R. CASELLI, Architect.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1872 'BIRTH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 March, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jan 2017,
  2. 1872 'TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 1878.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 26 March, p. 2. , viewed 21 Feb 2021,
  3. 1872 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 April, p. 3. , viewed 21 Feb 2021,
  4. 1871 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 August, p. 2. , viewed 21 Feb 2021,

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