Golden Lion Hotel

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Golden Lion Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Grant Street
Opened 1857
Known dates 1857-1869

The Golden Lion Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, 1857-1869>.

Site[edit | edit source]

On the south side of Grant Street, between Humffray Street and Yarrowee River.[1] This would place it at about 110 Grant Street. There is no evidence of the hotel and the site is now residential.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was advertising it was open for business in February 1857:

THE GOLDEN LION HOTEL, NEW BRIDGE, GOLDEN POINT ROAD SHEPHERD & GEORGE HAVE much pleasure in announcing to their numerous friends, and the public in general, that they have finished the erection of the Golden Lion Hotel, and hare fitted it up in a style of elegance, combining comfort with convenience. The great want of an Hotel, which must have been long severely felt on the White Flat, has induced the proprietors of the Golden Lion to supply the deficiency, every attention will therefore be paid to those who may honor them with, their patronage. The Wines, Spirits, and Beers will be found of a very superior quality, and upon the supply of these articles, S. & G. depend for that encouragement their earnest endeavours to please will merit. SHEPHERD & GEORGE.[2]

The publican was robbed in February 1863:

On Thursday the police arrested an old offender named Robert Cato alias Curley, on the charge of having stolen a cash-box containing £13 from the house of Mr. Shepherd, who keeps the Golden Lion Hotel, on the White Flat.[3]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • October 1862, on the body of John Orr who drowned while swimming in the Glasgow Company dam.[4]

Sporting[edit | edit source]

  • In January 1869 the hotel was a venue for wrestling:

The wrestling at the Lion hotel on Saturday was the greatest success that has been witnessed in Ballarat for many years. Some of the best light-weight men in the colony competed for the cup and other prizes. William Richards, the previous holder of the champion cup for ten months at the Scotchmans' Arms hotel, has been declared the winner of the cup at the Golden Lion hotel, to be held for twelve months against all comers, weight not to exceed eleven stone. The following prizes were awarded:— Wm. Richards, first prize, cup and £4; second, A. Northy, £3; third, Stephen Eddy, £2; fourth, Thos. Charles, £1.[5]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1858 the license was granted to John Cort Shepherd.[6]
    • His license was renewed in June 1859, May 1860, June 1861 and 1862.[7][8][9][10]
    • In 1863 he was named as publican in the Ballarat Almanac.[11]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ballarat Plan, 1861.
  2. 1857 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 February, p. 1. , viewed 08 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66040921
  3. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 February, p. 2. , viewed 19 May 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72555201
  4. 1862 'INQUEST ON THE BODY OF JOHN ORR.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 15 October, p. 2. , viewed 20 May 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66327931
  5. 1869 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 2. , viewed 13 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112882464
  6. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048685
  7. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 13 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  8. 1860 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 09 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72466933
  9. 1861 'DISTRICT LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 20 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339879
  10. 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325077
  11. Vic. :, [Ballarat almanac] , [Ballarat viewed 2 June 2017 http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-380846715


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