Greyhound Hotel (Main Road)

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Greyhound Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Closed 1891
Known dates 1873-1891

The Greyhound Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, <1873-1891.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Main Road[1], on the west side between Bridge Street and Eureka Street, very close to the Limerick and Clare Castle Hotel.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Edwin Bastin applied for a license in December 1874:

Edwin Bastin, Greyhound hotel, Main street - objected to on the grounds that the house was not furnished in accordance with the requirements of the act; adjourned until the 28th inst.[3]

In February 1887 the publican, John Gargan, was in court:

John Gargun, Greyhound hotel, was lined 20s, with 17s 6d cost , for allowing persons to play an unlawful game upon his licensed premises.[4]

In August 1888 following a court hearing, the publican wrote to the newspaper:

AN EXPLANATION. TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —With reference to the case heard before the Ballarat East Police Court this morning, in which I was fined for Sunday trading, it was mentioned by Inspector Parkinson that the present was the fourth conviction for a breach of the Licensing Act, that is so—as far as the hotel is concerned, but not in relation to me personally; because two of the convictions were recorded against my predecessor, Mr Jacobi, from whom I purchased the property. But I admit that two convictions stand against me, though not under similar circumstances—a fact which I regret, but at the same time am willing to admit. The four convictions are against the house, which I, as present owner, must, of course, submit to; but I desire to point out that it is not I who have offended on four occasions. Hoping you will insert this, Yours, &c., JOHN GARGAN. Greyhound hotel, Main road.[5]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[6] The owners were paid £1179 compensation for the closure of the business.[6]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building was unoccupied.[7]

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The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 12, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 Victorian Post Office Directory (Wise), 1888, pg. 13
  3. 3.0 3.1 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jan 2018,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 February, p. 3. , viewed 21 Jun 2018,
  5. 1888 'AN EXPLANATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 August, p. 4. , viewed 08 Sep 2018,
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  7. 1893 'THE LATE LICENSED HOUSES IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2021,
  8. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 March, p. 4. , viewed 25 Jun 2023,

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