Grand Stand Hotel (Redan)

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Grand Stand Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Bell and Adair Street
Closed 1922
Known dates 1869-1922

The Grand Stand Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1869-1922.

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The Grand Stand Hotel was located in Redan, near the Miners' Racecourse. In December 1873 it was reported as being in Adair Street. A report the Argus in 1915 said the hotel was in Cobden Street.[1] Cobden Street in Redan is now Bell Street.[2]

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History[edit | edit source]

In May 1872 the hotel was destroyed by fire (interestingly the address is given as Windermere Street. Was it relocated to new premises after the fire?):

At about half-past four o’clock on Tuesday morning a large wooden house in Windermere street, known as the Grand Stand hotel, and owned by Mr. John Knoth, was destroyed by fire. The house was unoccupied, and it is not known how the fire originated. The flames soon attracted the attention of the watch man in the fire brigade towers, and the bells rung out a startling alarm. The two Ballarat Brigades and the Sebastopol brigade were represented at the fire, but nothing could be done to save the house, which was burned to the ground. The house was not far from the No. 2 shaft of the Band and Albion Consols Company.[3]

There was a fire in the hotel stables in January 1902:

The City Fire Brigade's old grey horse, Larry, who has done service in the hose cart for the past 12 years, dropped dead on Thursday night at a fire at Knoth's Grandstand Hotel, opposite the Miners race course. In the fire, which consumed a portion of the stabling, a pig and a calf were roasted.[4]

In February 1904, two men were charged for stealing from the hotel:

Two men named John Penn and Thomas Wilson were charged at the City Court on Friday with stealing a bottle of whisky from the Grand Stand Hotel Redan. Wilson was sentenced lo three months imprisonment, and Penn to one month.[5]

THEFT OF A BOTTLE OF WHISKY. THE OFFENDERS SENTENCED. Thos. Wilson and John Perryman were charged with stealing a bottle of whisky from the Grandstand Hotel, Redan, the property of John Knoth. Jane M'Gowan, barmaid, deposed that on the 10th inst. she saw the two accused in the bar. Perry asked to be supplied with drinks. After serving the men she went into a back room. Shortly afterwards she saw one of the men crawling about on the floor. When he got up he had the bottle of whisky in his hand, which he had taken from the shelf. John Knoth, the licensee, said that when he asked Perry why he took the whisky, he said. “Oh, you have got it back: what more do you want.” He (witness) told them that he would send for the police, as they were a pair of rogues. Constable Serpell gave evidence to the effect that he arrested the two accused on a charge of having no means of support, but since then they had been identified as the men who stole the bottle of whisky. The Police Magistrate sentenced Wilson to three months' imprisonment, with hard labor, and Perry to one month, with hard labor.[6]

In March 1909, a drunken "friendly" wrestling match, resulted in charges for theft:

A REDAN WRESTLING MATCH. AND WHAT FOLLOWED IT. A CHARGE OF LARCENY. ACCUSED DISCHARGED. Wm. Henry Carrington Stout was charged at the City Police Court yesterday with the larceny of a purse containing £5 7s. The presiding magistrates were Messrs H. M. Murphy, P.M., T. S. Barry, and W. B. George, J’s.P. Sub-Inspector Ryan prosecuted, and Mr D. Clarke appeared for the defence.

Dugald Aloysius Donald Cameron Campbell, drover, residing at the Cattle Market hotel, said that on the 12th inst. he was at Knoth’s hotel, near the Racecourse. He had on him a purse containing 5 sovereigns and seven or eight shillings. He saw accused there. Witness and accused began wrestling and larking in a friendly manner. When they had finished witness went to “shout,’’ and found that his purse was missing. Witness wanted to search the three men in the bar. Accused was among them. One of the men said, "If you want to search us. you must get the police." As far as witness knew, accused was in the bar all the time while witness was there. When the police came defendant denied having been out of the bar, but afterwards said he had gone out. Sub-Inspector Ryan--Describe this wrestling match.—I first challenged Ryan to pull me out by the hand. Then I told Stout to jump on my back. Where were Stout’s hands?—He was holding on to my back. Where was the purse?—In my inside breast pocket: I “shouted” in the bar, took out my purse to pay, and put the purse back in my coat pocket. Witness (continuing) said that when the police came he told them he had lost his purse. He saw the police search Stout. Sub-Inspector Ryan —-Did you “shake” for drinks ?—Stout challenged me to “shake,” but Knoth would not let us. To Mr Clarke—He had had three or four whiskies, "he supposed.” He had stayed at the hotel over the previous night, but had not spent much time in the bar. He had had two whiskies with the butcher. Mr Clarke—Any with the postman? -—No. The next was with Peter, and I had one on my own. Were you sober when you met Stout? —Yes, to all intents and purposes. How did this wrestling start?—The accused said he would put Knoth into the trough, and I said I was stronger than I looked, and would take “Peter’s” part. When Ryan pulled you with one hand, where was his other hand?—l don’t know. How much money did you have that morning :—£5 13s. And when the purse was missed, how much was in it?—£5 7s or £5 8s Then you spent 5s or 6s in drinks that morning. Was it Hill or Ryan you were pulling?—l don’t know. It might have been Hill. It was a big man. Well, I’m led to believe it was Hill, not Ryan. Did you say what was in the purse ?—l told the men when I asked them for the purse that there was only a few bob in the purse. I said that so as to give them the impression it was not worth keeping. Sub-Inspector Ryan—Were you a one-handed drinker that morning? Were you a “hatter?”—No.

Arthur James Hill, miner of Dereel, said he was at Knoth’s hotel on Saturday, 13th March, in company with Stout and Henry Ryan: Campbell and Knoth came in subsequently, and the former commenced to hobble found. Campbell offered to fight Stout in the loose box. Stout said "Go away. I’ll put you in the trough.” Campbell said to witness; “You’re a powerful-looking man- Give me your hand and' I’ll make you walk straight out of the bar door." Witness gave Campbell his hand, and told Stout to get on his back, and the weight of the two would drag witness forward. Witness got hold of Campbell’s right, hand, and squeezed it hard. Campbell then let go.

Sub-inspector Ryan—How did Stout sit on Campbell’s back? Illustrate it with Senior-constable Evans. The witness then got on Senior-constable Evans’ back and illustrated how the accused gripped Campbell. Witness (continuing) said Campbell challenged Stout to wrestle. Stout took his coat off, and put Campbell down twice. When Campbell complained of missing his purse he demanded that those in the bar should be searched. Witness said, “There are police outside; let them search.” He believed that Stout turned some of his pockets inside out, but he would not swear to that. He was not sure whether accused left the bar after Campbell said his purse was gone. The police searched Stout, witness, and Ryan. Sub-inspector Ryan.—What did Stout say?—He said they had no right to search him there; they should take him to the watch-house. What else did he say? —There was some arguing, and the police said they would summon him for using obscene language. To Mr Clarke - When Stout was on Campbell's back both his hands were clasped on Campbell's right hand. If Stout had made any attempt to get at the other's pocket witness must have noticed him. It would not have been possible either for Stout to have taken the purse when the wrestling was going on without witness having seen him. Sub-inspector Ryan—How many falls did Campbell get?—Only one that I know of. Mr Barry, J.P.—Was Campbell’s coat open or buttoned up?—l could not say.

Harry Ryan, quarryman, of Darling street, Redan, said he was in Knoth’s hotel on the 13th inst. He was pretty well drunk. He did not remember much about the wrestling. He could not say who fell. He didn’t take much notice. He was reading a paper all the time. Peter Knoth, laborer, residing at the Grand Stand hotel, Redan, said Campbell was fairly drunk on the 13th inst. He was staggering about. Witness was partly drunk, too. He believed there was some wrestling, but he couldn’t say who was taking part in it. He was not in the bar all the time.

A girl employed at Knoth’s hotel said that Stout and Ryan had left the bar between the wrestling and the time the purse was missed. She saw the purse produced after the wrestling match. Campbell had it then. She was certain she saw it with Campbell when he went to pay for drinks. She could not say whether the men wrestled again after this. To Sub-inspector Ryan—She only saw the pick a back pulling match. She called that wrestling. She did not see the second wrestling match. Senior-constable Evans swore to the truth of the following statement, which was put in as evidence; —"On the 13th, inst. as Constable Hooley and witness approached the Grandstand hotel they saw the accused leave the yard and go into the bar. They went in. Campbell told them he had been robbed of a purse containing money, accused denying being out of the bar. Witness searched Stout, but found only silver on him. There were six single shillings, two sixpences, and some coppers. When asked where he got the money accused replied, "You can d____ well find out. I know too much for you. I’ll tell you nothing." Witness found the purse produced hidden between a big log and the back of the stable. There was no money in it. Later on accused said. "I’ve shown you all a point."

Sergeant Britt and Constable Hooley gave corroborative evidence. Mr Murphy, P.M., said that there was not sufficient evidence to send the case to a jury, and the accused would be discharged.[7]

In July 1909, three men were found guilty of stealing money from the till; Adams and Osborne were also convicted at the same time for stealing money from the till of the Stork Hotel:

HOTEL ROBBERIES. Ballarat, 21st June. In the City Police Court James Leslie M'Kay, William Adams and Geo. Victor Osborne, young men, were charged with stealing a cash box containing £24, the property of the licensee of the Stork hotel. They were committed for trial. Patrick J. Duggan, Wm. Adams and Geo. Victor Adams were charged with stealing £2 from the Grandstand hotel, Redan, on 11th inst. Accused were committed for trial.[8]

George Osborne, Patrick J. Duggan and William Adams were found guilty of stealing money from the till at the Grand Stand Hotel, Redan...Adams was given what his Honor said was a last chance in a sentence of nine months, to be detained afterwards in a reformatory prison during the Governor's pleasure. Osborne, who had a previous sentence six years ago, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment, and afterwards to be detained in a reformatory prison. Duggan was then ranged with Osborne and M'Kay to be sentenced for the theft at the Grand Stand Hotel. His Honor said that in this crime he regarded Osborne as the ringleader, and sentenced him to 18 months' imprisonment, concurrent. Adams was sentenced to ten months. Addressing Duggan, his Honor said that perhaps he might he the most innocent of the three. His sentence would be nine months imprisonment. His Honor, in referring to the evidence in regard to robberies from the tills of public houses, spoke strongly respecting the employment of young girls as bar maids. Several of the witnesses called by the Crown were, he said, mere girls employed in the bars robbed by prisoners before the court. It was very deplorable that such little bits of girls should be found serving liquor over a bar. It tended to tempt young fellows into a bar and teach them to drink.[9]

In January 1910, three men were charged with stealing a beer barrel from the hotel:

Early on Sunday morning it was ascertained that the Grandstand Hotel at Redan had been broken into and that a cask containing six gallons of beer had been stolen from the cellar. Three arrests were effected by Senior constable Evans, Constable Hooley, and Detective Armstrong in the evening and the accused will be brought into the Ballarat court on Monday.[10]

At the city court on Monday three men, residents of Redan, named Alfred Tucker, Arthur Hill and Benjamin Scott, were charged with breaking into the cellar of the Grand Stand Hotel, near the Miners' Racecourse, and stealing a cask of beer. The cellar door opens on to the footpath, and accused on going below disconnected the cask from the pipe that feed the beer engine in the bar. On the application of the police accused were remanded.[11]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be considered for closing. This list was compiled by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[1]

The hearings for the hotel were held in May 1915:

At the delicensing sittings of the Licences Reduction Board held at Ballarat on Tuesday, evidence was taken with respect to the Plough and Harrow, Royal Standard and Grand Stand hotels, all of which are in Ballarat West district. The board's decisions were reserved.[12]

The hotel was again the subject of a Licenses Reduction Board hearing in March 1920. The hearings were held at the Ballarat Supreme Court:

In the case of the Grand Stand Hotel, Ballarat South. Mr D. Clarke appeared for the licensee and owner, Bridget Taylor. Senior-Constable M'Farlane deposed that there were nine rooms, including five bedrooms in the house. Accommodation and meals were provided for the public, and there were stables for use of horses which took part in the Miners’ races. To Mr Clarke—In his opinion this hotel should be left. Constable Blanchfield tendered similar evidence. To the Chairman—He considered that all the hotels in the locality should remain. Bridget Taylor, licensee and owner of the Grand Stand Hotel, gave evidence with regard to the accommodation at the hotel, and its use by the public. During the race meetings the whole of the hotel were occupied. She supplied about 30 meals on race day. Several witnesses interested in racing gave evidence that the hotel was a great convenience, and should be retained.[13]

In August 1920, the sister of the publican went to the hotel after giving birth in a paddock in Sebastopol. The police arrested Anastasia Murphy, and she was charged with manslaughter after the infant was found in a dam.[14]

The hotel was closed by the License Reduction Board in 1922.[15] The owner was paid £700 compensation, and the publican £l50.[16]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • July 1869, the body of miner, Nicholas Walsh, was taken to the hotel for medical examination, after he was killed in a rockfall at the All Saints Co, mine on the Miners' Racecourse.[17]
  • In March 1898 the Ballarat South Fox Terrier Coursing Club held their annual general meeting at the hotel.[18]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014,
  2. Niven, F.W., 1870. Niven's mining map of Ballaarat [cartographic material] : compiled from government plans and the most recent surveys of the district mining surveyors, 1870., Ballaarat [Vic.]: F.W. Niven, Steam Lithographic Press.
  3. 1872 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 May, p. 2. , viewed 15 Jan 2021,
  4. 1902 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 17 January, p. 3. , viewed 15 Jan 2021,
  5. 1904 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 27 February, p. 16. , viewed 07 Jun 2018,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1904 'THEFT OF A BOTTLE OF WHISKY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 February, p. 6. , viewed 11 Jun 2020,
  7. 1909 'A REDAN WRESTLING MATCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 March, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2021,
  8. 1909 'HOTEL ROBBERIES.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 22 June, p. 6. , viewed 15 Jan 2021,
  9. 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 9 July, p. 6. , viewed 06 Jun 2018,
  10. 1910 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 3 January, p. 6. , viewed 25 Sep 2020,
  11. 1910 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 4 January, p. 6. , viewed 07 Jun 2018,
  12. 1915 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 5 May, p. 11. , viewed 07 Jun 2018,
  13. 13.0 13.1 1920 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 March, p. 3. , viewed 16 Jun 2019,
  14. 1920 'Anastasia's Agony.', Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 - 1954), 26 September, p. 10. , viewed 17 Aug 2021,
  15. 1922 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 February, p. 20, viewed 24 December, 2014,
  16. 1922 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 September, p. 2. , viewed 23 Oct 2017,
  17. 1869 'DREADFUL BOILER EXPLOSION AT HALLARAT.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 14 July, p. 3. , viewed 07 Jun 2018,
  18. 1898 'FOX TERRIER COURSING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 March, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2018,
  19. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jul 2018,
  20. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Aug 2022,
  21. F. W. Niven & Co's Ballarat and District Directory for 1888-9
  22. 1910 'WEATHER FORECAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 August, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2021,
  23. 1915 'The Ballarat Courier.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 5 May, p. 2. (DAILY.), viewed 16 Aug 2021,

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