National Hotel (Albert Street)

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National Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Albert Street
Known dates 1866-1920

The National Hotel was a hotel in Sebastopol, <1866 - 1920.

Site[edit | edit source]

The National Hotel is shown on corner site in Albert Street, Sebastopol, in an 1866 photograph.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In April 1877 the publican was charged with being open after hours:

Police v Sullivan, for allowing drinking to take place in his licensed house on Easter Sunday evening. Mr Mann for the defendant. For the defence it was shown that the persons who were drinking were personal friends of the defendant, and that the drinking was of a private nature, and that some of the friends had come from Clunes and Egerton. The bench would not allow of the defence. Fined £5 and 5s costs.[2]

In August 1880 the hotel was the venue for an inquest into the death of a local miner:

A short time ago a man was killed in one of the mines near Sebastopol. The police were informed of the fact, and they removed the body to the National hotel in the town, where a magisterial enquiry was held, a verdict returned in accordance'with the facts of the case, and an order made for the burial of the body. Two days afterwards the mine, inspector learned that such a mishap had taken place, no information of which had been given to him by the police as required. We believe that some annoyance is likely to arise from the occurrence, the police authorities in Sebastopol having apparently neglected to carry out the usual course adopted under such circumstances.[3]

The hotel was proposed for closure in 1920 by the Licenses Reduction Board:

NATIONAL HOTEL. In the case of the National hotel, Sebastopol, Mr J. B. Pearson appeared tor the owners, the Ballarat Brewing Company, and Mr A. W. Long represented the licensee, Patrick Sweeney. Constable Osborne deposed that the hotel was at the corner of Albert and Victoria streets. It was a very old, dilapidated wooden building, the worst in the district, and contained 11 rooms, including four for public use. The house was well furnished and well conducted. The Exchange hotel, 68 yards to the north, was a better building, but the position of the National hotel was superior. The Royal Mail hotel, half-a-mile away, was a very good building, doing a good business, and he considered that this house was required. In his opinion either the National or the Exchange hotel should go.[4]

The hotel was sold in November 1920 for £155, one of six de-licensed hotels owned by the Ballarat Brewing Company.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Albert Street in Sebastopol, 1866, State Library of Victoria, Accession no. H2967. - See more at:
  2. 1877 'SEBASTOPOL POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 11 April, p. 4. , viewed 01 Nov 2018,
  3. 1880 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 August, p. 2. , viewed 29 Oct 2018,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1920 'NATIONAL HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 March, p. 3. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  5. 1920 'DELICENSED HOTELS SOLD.', The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), 26 November, p. 8, viewed 4 May, 2015,
  6. 1881 'THE ANNUAL LICENSING MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 3. , viewed 10 Jun 2019,
  7. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 2. , viewed 17 Aug 2019,

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