Inkerman and Durham Hotel

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Inkerman and Durham Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Known dates 1867-1882
Other names Alfred Hotel
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The Inkerman and Durham Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1867-1882>

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The hotel was on the south east corner of Sturt Street and Alfred Street.[1] Hargreaves identified it as 1443 Sturt Street in 1943, which was then a shop.[1] It is now (2016) a vacant block of land and part of the grounds of St. Patrick's College.

When offered for sale, it was part of a 7 acre block owned by the Inkerman and Durham Junction Gold Mining Company:

Monday, 5th April, At Twelve o'clock, At Craig's Hotel. To Capitalists, Trustees, Speculators, Investors, and Others, Desirous of Possessing one of the most Eligible and Splendid Allotments of Land ever offered on Ballarat. IMPORTANT SALE BY AUCTION, VALUABLE TOWN PROPERTY, Centrally and Eligibly Situated in the most imposing part of Ballarat.

CHAS. DYTE has received instructions from the directors of the Inkermann and Durham Junction Gold Mining Company (Registered), to sell by auction, on Monday, the 5th of April, at Twelve o'clock noon, at Craig's Hotel, Lydiard street, A portion of their very VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTY, Consisting of the Ground known as the COPENHAGEN PLEASURE GROUNDS, And may be briefly described as Crown allotment 5, section 2, containing 7 acres 2 roods 4 perches, and having a frontage to STURT STREET, Of 462 feet, and about 800 feet frontage to ALFRED STREET;

Together with the Brick Hotel known as THE INKERMAN AND DURHAM HOTEL Containing seven very capacious rooms, with magnificent blue stone cellar, fowl-houses, piggery, stables, and all the usual out-houses, with the water laid on, and at present let at 30s per week, but worthy of a much higher rent; Adjoining the Hotel is a good two-storied SIX-ROOMED COTTAGE, Also, a detached FOUR-ROOMED COTTAGE, Also let to respectable tenants. THE ORCHARD Adjoining the Hotel, has a good stock of Choice Fruit Trees, In which a capital BOWLING GREEN has been constructed, and fit for immediate use. The ground is divided into THREE PADDOCKS Which were formerly used as a pleasure ground, orchard, and horse paddock. In the pleasure ground is erected a GRAND STAND, Which could be made fit for use at a small outlay.

The Property is adjoining the residence of W. C. SMITH, Esq., and immediately opposite the ground on which J. CROYLE, ESQ., is about to build a SPLENDID MANSION Also adjacent to the splendid residences of E. A. "WYNNE, Esq.; H. CUTHBERT, Esq.; A. LISTER, Esq.; T. D. WANLISS. Esq.; JOHN WINTER, Esq., and Other Ballarat capitalists residing at the west end of Ballarat. The close proximity of this ground to the extensive area of mining properties held by the Hand and Band, Park, Mississippi, North Park, Great North-West, Inkermann and Durham, Durham, and other companies, cannot but make it a desirable investment. The easy distance to the Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree—the latter with the proposed improvements go as to make it truly an extensive resort of all parties desirous of enjoying themselves, will have the effect of further increasing the value of the property. The close contiguity of the PUBLIC PARK Will ever make it a desirable investment, as a beautiful view of both the Park and Wendouree is obtainable from the whole of the property. Plans of the Land can be seen at Craig's Hotel, office of the Auctioneer, and at the office of the company. Full particulars can be obtained from the Manager (Mr CURTHOYS), who will show intending Purchasers the Property. Title Guaranteed. Terms—One quarter cash; balance to suit purchasers. Sale at Twelve o'clock sharp. C. DYTE, Auctioneer.[2]

The property did not sell at auction:

The bidding started at £500. The second offer was £1000, and the bids gradually rose to £1750. Mr Dyte said a private offer of over £1800 had been made to the company owning the ground—the Inkermann and Durham Junction Company—and that the directors would advertise again their intention with regard to the land if they did not take that bid. The land was therefore withdrawn.[3]

Location[edit | edit source]

  • Address: 1443 Sturt Street Ballarat
  • Google Maps:[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was first known as the Alfred Hotel.[1] It was offered for sale as part of the Copenhagen Pleasure Grounds in April 1869.[2] It was later known as:

History[edit | edit source]

In March 1867 the publican was charged with supplying alcohol to the local aborigines:

Same v Gelling, like offence; Mr Lewis for the defendant, the landlord of the Inkerman and Durham hotel. The informer in this case stated that the defendant gave the aborigines three glasses of ale, but he would not charge for them. The words in the act were that publicans should not " sell or dispose of liquor," and Mr Lewis held that giving the liquor away for nothing, was certainly neither selling or disposing of it. The word disposing he considered could only apply when some monetary or other consideration passed, but Mr Clissold observed that he was inclined to think it applied to cases where liquor had been given away. The word dispose in the act be considered was meant to apply to persons, who did not hold a license, so that they should be prevented even giving it away to aborigines. His worship referred to " Walker" for the interpretation of the word " dispose," and the dictionary appeared to bear out his opinion as to the literal meaning of the term. Mr Lewis called Mr Brown, a lodger at the defendant's hotel, who deposed that he had frequently seen the defendant refuse to supply the aborigines with liquor, and in variably turned them away from his premises. The- bench fined the defendant 40s, and 15s costs, or in default 24 hours in gaol.[4]

William Syme applied for a license in June 1871:

Wm. Syme applied for a license for the Inkermann and Durham hotel, Sturt street. Senior-constable Crowley deposed that one of the rooms was 24½ cubic feet under the required size. Syme deposed that since the constable’s visit he had built another room. Granted.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 18, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 1869 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 April, p. 3, viewed 2 August, 2015,
  3. 1869 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 April, p. 2, viewed 3 August, 2015,
  4. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 March, p. 3. , viewed 28 Sep 2017,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1871 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 June, p. 4. , viewed 06 Dec 2017,
  6. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,
  7. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 October, p. 3. , viewed 24 May 2022,

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