Lord Clive Hotel

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Lord Clive Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Humffray Street
Known dates 1869-1870

The Lord Clive Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1869-1870>.

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The hotel was in Humffray Street, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was named for Lord Clive, a British mercenary with the East India Company, who established British control over India.

History[edit | edit source]

In November 1869 the publican was charged with Sunday trading:

Police v Mrs Collins, keeper of a licensed house, the Lord Clive hotel, Humffray street, for Belling liquor on Sunday, and also for allowing prostitutes to assemble in her house. The complaint was laid by Senior-constable Sheridan, who said that he proceeded to the back-yard of the hotel and found a lot of half-drunken men in it, with a woman; and in the bar, on proceeding there, he had found a number of others, one woman with her arms round a man's waist, while another was at the counter. Mr Lewis appeared for the defence. The defendant was fined £3 and costs, in default, fourteen days in gaol for selling drink on Sunday, but Mr Gaunt in the other case said he did not think the offence fully proved and dismissed it[1]

In March 1870 there was a robbery reported at the hotel:

The charge of assault and robbery preferred by a young man, named Geo. Donelly, against J. B. Hawley, the landlord of the Lord Clive hotel, G. C. McDonald, and Ellen Williams, was heard in the Eastern Police-court yesterday, the result being the dismissal of the prisoners after Donelly’s evidence had been heard. The police magistrate spoke of the affair as a disgraceful public-house row, arising out of gambling, but said there was no evidence of robbery.[2]

The publican wrote to the newspaper about an alleged robbery at the hotel:

THE ALLEGED ROBBERY AT THE LORD CLIVE HOTEL. TO THE EDITOR OF THE COURIER. Sir,— Referring to a paragraph which appeared in your issue of to day with respect to a robbery in the Lord Clive hotel, I beg to give the facts as there set forth the fullest denial. Firstly, no person but myself is keeping the hotel, I have not, nor do I harbor any, "prostitutes" in the building, and the fact that the man was neither assaulted nor robbed was most fully shown by the decision to-day or the Police Magistrate, in company with Mr Anderson, J.P., and Mr C. Dyte, J.P , who immediately discharged Williams, M'DonaJd, and myself, without my solicitor having to cross examine the prosecutor on my behalf. Yours obediently, John Blair Hawley. Lord Clive hotel, Ballarat, 11th March.[3]

In September 1870, Hawley transferred his license to another hotel:

J. B. Hawley, about whose application for a transfer of a license so much has been said, appeared yesterday at the Eastern Court to ask that his own license might be transferred from the Lord Clive hotel, Humffray street, to the Albion hotel, Victoria street. The police lodged objections to applicant’s character, but as legally they could have no effect, Mr Gaunt complied with the application, and granted the transfer.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1869 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 November, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112856075
  2. 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 March, p. 2. , viewed 03 Apr 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219306832
  3. 3.0 3.1 1870 'THE ALLEGED ROBBERY AT THE LORD CLIVE HOTEL.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1885; 1914 - 1918), 12 March, p. 4. , viewed 03 Apr 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191566082
  4. 4.0 4.1 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 September, p. 2. , viewed 03 Apr 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218798830

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