National Hotel (Armstrong Street)

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National Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Armstrong Street South
Opened 1884
Known dates 1884-1887
Other names Phoenix Coffee Palace
Grand National Hotel

The National Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1884-1887>.

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The National Hotel was on the west side of Armstrong Street, between Sturt Street and Dana Street.[1] Hargreaves wrote that it had formerly been the Albion Imperial Hotel, but an advertisement in September 1884 from James Dwyer makes it clear that he has moved his hotel business into larger premises, which had been the Phoenix Coffee Palace.[2]

It later became the Grand National Hotel.[1] Hargreaves identified the site in 1943 as being 28 Armstrong Street, which was then Andrews' Coffee Palace.[1] This is now the site of the Central Square Shopping Centre.

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History[edit | edit source]

James Dwyer placed an advertisement in the newspaper when he opened the hotel in September 1884:

DWYER'S NATIONAL HOTEL AND DINING ROOMS. Armstrong street. JAMES DWYER begs to inform his friends and the public that he has taken on lease for a term of 10 years from Mr M. Wasley, the large and commodious premises late the Phoenix Coffee Palace; and in conjunction therewith, will carry, on the business lately conducted by him in the Albion Imperial Hotel under the above heading; where by assiduous attention to business, the requirements of his numerous customers, and dispensing none but the best of liquors, he trusts to merit a share of public patronage. The Dining Rooms will be under the immediate supervision of Mrs D., and will be conducted in such a manner as will give no cause for complaint by the most fastidious. Accommodation for a few respectable boarders. Board and 16s per week; All meals, 1s. Beds, 1s. A glass of ale or cup of tea at dinner. First-class stabling and good yard for the accommodation of country visitors. N.B. The premises have been thoroughly overhauled and renovated; and the accommodation second to none in the City. Hot and cold baths.[2]

In December 1887 the police unsuccessfully charged the publican, James Dwyer, with allowing drunken people on the premises:

A case in which some hard swearing was indulged in was heard at the Licensing Court yesterday, by his Honor Judge Casey and Messrs Thomson and Carr, P.M’s. It was that in which Inspector Parkinson proceeded against James Dwyer, licensee of the National hotel, for allowing drunken persons to remain on his premises on the 2nd ult. The evidence on behalf of the prosecution was furnished by Constable Gorin, who stated that on the date in question, when at the corner of Doveton and Sturt streets, his at tention was attracted by a disturbance in Armstrong street. He proceeded in that direction, and found that at the National hotel there was a drunken man who was making a great noise, and no efforts were being made to eject him. For the defence, the licensee of the hotel, his daughter, and son, and three independent witnesses were called. They all asserted that the individual in question was drunk, but not noisy, and that, in consequence of his persistent demands for liquor, which the defendant refused to serve him with, he had been twice turned out of the bar. As he went in again, and refused to leave, the defendant stated, he sent his son for the police, and shortly afterwards Constable Gorin arrived in answer to the summons. This testimony was borne out by Dwyer, jun. Gorin, however, denied that his aid was sought at all, and stated that he merely went to the place on hearing the disturbance. Inspector Parkinson stated that the evidence took him entirely by surprise. It was the first he had heard of Gorin having been summoned to the hotel. Had the constable mentioned it in his official report, he (Inspector Parkinson) would not have issued the summons. The case was dismissed, £3 10s costs being allowed against the police.[3]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In September 1884 the publican was James Dwyer.[2]
    • Dwyer was charged in December 1887.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 17, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1884 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 September, p. 4. , viewed 09 Feb 2017,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 December, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jul 2019,

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