Golden Gate Hotel

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Golden Gate Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Victoria Street
Known dates 1860-1870
Other names Travellers' Home Hotel

The Golden Gate Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1860-1870.

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The Golden Gate Hotel was in Melbourne Road, Ballarat East.[1] It was demolished in 1870, and James Long & Co. built a factory on the site.[2].

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History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for auction in July 1860, the owner John Endean having become insolvent:

MONDAY, 30th JULY. To Publicans and Speculators. In the Insolvent Estate of John Endean. MITCHISON BROS, will sell by auction on the above-named day, on the premises, All that piece or parcel of Land, being Allot. 1 of Block B, Melbourne road, having a frontage of 20 feet to the Melbourne road, and a frontage of 99 feet to East street, being a Corner Allotment, on which is erected the Golden Gate Hotel, Substantially built, with spacious bar, parlors, bed rooms, kitchen, stables and out-houses. Also the furniture and fittings, beer engines, &c. Title perfect. Sale at Twelve sharp. Terms at sale.[3]

In May 1861 the following letter was published in the Ballarat Star:

GOLDEN GATE HOTEL. MONSIEUR L'EDITEUR,-Allow me through the medium of your open column, to let the inhabitants of Ballarat, particularly the numerous readers of your valuable journal, know the surprise with which I read an advertisement in your paper, announcing that the Golden Gate Hotel, Melbourne road, was to be let or sold, and for particulars to apply on the premises. I am the proprietor of the Golden Gate Hotel, Melbourne road, now known as the Travellers' Home. I never ordered the insertion of the advertisement in your paper, nor did I give orders to any one else to have it inserted. I never thought of having my property announced either to be let or to be sold, and hence my surprise, annoyance, and perplexity at seeing it announced in such a wide spread journal as yours, without my consent, without my knowledge, without my desire. Whoever is the artful wag or the malicious wretch who has caused it to be inserted, while he chuckles with delight at his artful waggery, or his malicious ruse has yet to learn that every clever witty qualification is not to be found in his brains or rather is not confined in his little caput. Honesty is always the best policy, a maxim which I have always observed, and shall always practice. I pay 20 shillings to the £1, and shall continue to do so, and I defy therefore, the tricks of the artful wag, or the malicious wretch to do mean injury. Your much obliged, WILLIAM H. SMITH.[4]

In June 1864, Laurence Burke advertised his intention to apply for the license:

TO the Bench of Magistrates, Ballarat East.-I, LAURENCE BURKE, now residing at Skipton street, district of Ballarat East, do hereby give notice of my intention to apply to the justices sitting at the Court of Petty Sessions, to be holden at the Police Court, Ballarat East, on the 1st day of July next, for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situated in Victoria street, containing three sitting and six bedrooms, exclusive of those for family use, with all other necessary accommodation, rented from W. H. Smith of Victoria street, and known by the name of the Golden Gate Hotel. Dated at Ballarat, this 16th day of June, 1864. LAURENCE BURKE.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Licencing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4,, (accessed January 17, 2014)
  2. Ballarat Historical Society, Golden Gate Hotel(1865), Ballarat Historical Society, Ballarat. Retrieved from [[1]]
  3. 3.0 3.1 1860 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 July, p. 3, viewed 29 October, 2015,
  4. 1861 'GOLDEN GATE HOTEL.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 May, p. 2 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 29 October, 2015,
  5. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 4. , viewed 15 Apr 2021,
  6. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 August, p. 2. , viewed 27 May 2019,
  7. 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 20 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 15 Apr 2021,

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • The Ballarat Historical Society has a pencil and ink sketch of the Golden Gate Hotel with the name L. Burke on a sign at the front. See:Golden Gate Hotel