Grand National Hotel

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Grand National Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Armstrong Street South
Known dates 1891-1894
Other names Phoenix Coffee Palace <1884
National Hotel
Andrew's Coffee Palace c.1943

The Grand National Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1891-1894.

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The Grand National Hotel was on the west side of Armstrong Street, between Sturt Street and Dana Street.[1] Hargreaves believed it was originally the Albion Imperial Hotel, however a newspaper advertisement by James Dwyer in 1884 makes it clear he was moving his business to a larger premises, which he then renamed as the National Hotel.[2] It later became the Grand National Hotel.[1] Hargreaves identified the site in 1943 as being 28 Armstrong Street, which was then Andrew's Coffee Palace.[1] This is now the site of the Central Square Shopping Centre.

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History[edit | edit source]

In January 1892, a boxing hall was established in a room above the hotel:

STARLIGHT has decided to teach boxing in Ballarat. He has nicely fitted up a large room over Mallen's Hotel, Armstrong-street. The hall will be shortly opened, and on the first night M'Auliff and Luke are billed to fight for £25 a-side. The game is very flat in Ballarat, but these boys will have to fight.[3]

In September 1894 the publican, Ellen Ingram, had a sale of furniture as she was moving to the Camp Hotel:

THURSDAY, 6th SEPTEMBER, 1894, At 12 o'clock, On the Premises, GRAND NATIONAL HOTEL, Armstrong street, close to Sturt street. Unreserved Sale of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS, by order of Miss E. INGRAM, who has taken the Camp Hotel, Consisting of—Piano, Tables, H.H. Chairs and Couches, Vienna Chairs and Couches, Tables, Carpets, Linoleums, Oilcloth, Pictures, Mirrors, Chiffonniere, Safe, Bedsteads, Bedding (complete for 16 rooms), Spring Mattresses. Washstands, Ware, Toilet Tables, Toilet Glasses, Bookcase, Wardrobe, Chests of Drawers, Filter, Cooking Utensils, Crockery, and a host of useful sundries too numerous to mention. To Persons Furnishing and Others. J. W. LARTER, instructed, will sell by public auction the above FURNITURE, without the slightest reserve. Persons furnishing should inspect. The whole of the goods are in first-class order, and a large portion is quite new. Every line must be sold. Sale 12 o'clock sharp. J. W. LARTER, Auctioneer.[4]

In September 1894, Ellen Ingram applied to surrender the license of the hotel:

by Miss E. E. Ingram, to surrender the license of the Grand National hotel, Armstrong street; by Mrs A. Jenkins, to allow Miss E. E. Ingram to carry on business at the Camp hotel, Sturt street, until December.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 17, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 1884 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 September, p. 4. , viewed 09 Feb 2017,
  3. 1892 'BALLARAT BOXING MEMS.', Sportsman (Melbourne, Vic. : 1882 - 1904), 12 January, p. 2. , viewed 13 Jul 2019,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1894 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 September, p. 3. , viewed 13 Jul 2019,
  5. 1894 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 September, p. 2. , viewed 07 Aug 2021,
  6. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 October, p. 2. , viewed 13 Jul 2019,
  7. 1892 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 July, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  8. 1892 'No title.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 September, p. 2, viewed 20 September, 2015,

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