Main Trunk Hotel

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Main Trunk Hotel
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Town Cambrian Hill
Closed 1908
Known dates 1883-1908
Demolished Destroyed by fire, 1908

The Main Trunk Hotel was a hotel in Cambrian Hill, Victoria, <1883-1908.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Cambrian Hill.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1908 the License Reduction Board held a hearing into the hotel:

MAIN TRUNK HOTEL, CAMBRIAN HILL. The owner is the Ballarat Brewing Co, the licensee Elizabeth M. Wright. Inspector Balchin said the hotel was situated at Cambrian Hill, on the Rokewood-road. It was an old wooden building, one-story, in poor repair, fairly well kept and furnished. The rent was 7/6, and the assessment £25. Mary Quinn, a former licensee, on 13th September, 1907, was fined £5, for Sunday trading. In his opinion the hotel was not required. The local constable gave similar testimony. Decision was reserved.[2]

In May 1908 the hotel was included on a list of 47 hotels to be delicensed by the License Reduction Board.[1]

The hotel was destroyed in fire, and the License Reduction Board held a hearing into the value so that compensation for surrendering the license could be calculated:

MAIN TRUNK, CAMBRIAN HILL. Owner, the Brewing Company; licensee, Mrs Wright. The Main Trunk hotel, Cambrian Hill, asked the board to accept the license surrendered by it. Frank Besemeres said he had inspected the premises before it was burnt down, and had made a valuation. The land was of good quality, and valued at £20. The capital value of the property was £375, based on a weekly rental of 15s. It would cost at least £300 to replace the house. The house which was burnt down was a fair structure. He considered the rental charged (15s per week) too high. The property would be worth 7s 6d per week delicensed. William Albert Drew said, based on a yearly rental of £40, he would place a capital value of £450 on the property. Delicensed, he would value the building at £5O, and the land at £20. He thought 11 years’ purchase was reasonable. Mrs Wright, licensee, gave evidence as to the takings of the hotel. The decision was reserved.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1908 'BALLARAT HOTELS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 May, p. 3. , viewed 12 May 2016,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1908 'LICENCES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 2 May, p. 17. , viewed 16 Mar 2018,
  3. 1908 'MAIN TRUNK, CAMBRIAN HILL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 September, p. 4. , viewed 11 Sep 2021,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1883 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Jan 2018,
  5. 1907 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 5 January, p. 12. (FIRST EDITION), viewed 14 Jun 2018,

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