Montezuma Hotel

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Montezuma Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Known dates 1855-1861

The Montezuma Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1855-1861.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Main Road, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was probably named after the famous Aztec Emperor.

The hotel was one of 12 burned down in the Main Road Fire 1861.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1857 the hotel, and its theatre, was offered for a 12 month lease:

NOTICE The Montezuma Hotel and Theatre To Let, FOR TWELVE MONTHS, or a longer term. Applications will be received till Monday next, June 1st, 4 p.m., and all information afforded, by enquiring of R. & S. GIBBS.[3]

The hotel was destroyed by a fire in January 1861 by a fire which is believed to have started in a shop in the hotel's theatre:

About half past twelve o'clock this morning, one of the largest and most destructive fires that ever occurred on Ballarat broke out on the Main road, which in an hour and a half destroyed no less than 60 or 70 houses, and property to an amount which at present it is impossible to calculate. The flames were first seen issuing from the roof of the Theatre, which being entirely composed of wood, was soon in a blaze from top to bottom, and it was understood to have originated in the small tobacconist shop, kept by a German, alongside the theatre, but forming part of the building. The flames soon broke through the front of the building, and the roof and the whole of the immense mass was one body of flame..."[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • In May 1855, a political candidate, Captain Browne, addressed a large crowd at the front of the hotel:

CAPT. BROWNE — According to announcement, this gentleman expressed his views on the pending election, in front of the Montezuma Hotel, on Thursday evening last. Mr. Browne reviewed the Export Duty, the Chinese Question, the Land System, &c , and called on his hearers to see that their future representatives were "all there" on these questions. Messrs. Owen, Joseph Hoskins, and some medical gentleman, whose name was unknown, afterwards came forward. The medical gentleman advised those present to support Capt Browne.[5]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

The coroner then proceeded to the Montezuma Hotel for the purpose of holding an inquest on the body of Mr Nicholls, proprietor of Adams Express Store, and part proprietor of the Adelphi Theatre, and the United States Hotel.[6]

The People[edit | edit source]

    • In 1856 Lynch, Labeck, and Levy are listed as publicans in the Geelong, Ballarat and Creswick's Creek Directory.[7]
  • In June 1857 the license was granted to Robert Lynch.[1]
    • His license was renewed in June 1858. In July 1858, Lynch was granted a night license.[8]
  • In May 1860 the license was granted to Thomas B. Smith.[9]
    • His license was renewed in June 1861.[10]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 11 Aug 2017,
  2. 1861 'THE CONFLAGRATION ON THE MAIN HOAD.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 January, p. 2. , viewed 29 Dec 2016,
  3. 1857 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 May, p. 1. (ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 24 Jul 2016,
  4. 1861 'GREAT CONFLAGRATION AT BALLARAT.', Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), 14 January, p. 3. , viewed 13 Jul 2022,
  5. 1855 'DIGGINGS INTELLIGENCE.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 28 May, p. 5. , viewed 22 Jul 2018,
  6. 1855 'THE FIRE AT BALLARAT.', Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), 4 December, p. 2. (DAILY), viewed 22 Jul 2018,
  7. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.
  8. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 15 July, p. 2. , viewed 02 Nov 2017,
  9. 1860 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 09 Dec 2019,
  10. 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 20 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 15 Apr 2021,

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