Northumberland Hotel

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Northumberland Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Sturt Street
Closed 1892
Known dates 1859-1892

The Northumberland Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1859-1892.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Northumberland Hotel was in Sturt Street[1][2] at the corner with Ripon Street[3], although another report says it was near Drummond Street.[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In 1862 a man was found trying to sleep in the hotel cellar:

A QUEER PLACE TO TAKE A NAP. - Richard Thomas alias Towards, was charged with burglariously entering the house of Mr Omrod, of the Northumberland Hotel. The wife of the prosecutor deposed that she kept the hotel referred to, and about half-past ten o'clock on the previous night she heard a noise at the trapdoor of the cellar. She went out and tried to lift the door but could not do so. Five minutes subsequently she heard a noise in the cellar, and the servant went down from the inside and found the prisoner there, who said he went there to take a sleep. There was no property removed that witness was aware of. Robert Omrod deposed that in consequence of his wife telling him something, he examined the cellar door, and found that it had been raised. He looked up and down the street and could not see any person. Witness then went in, and in five minutes afterwards his wife again called him and he went into the cellar and found the prisoner there. Witness did not know the prisoner. On examining the cellar door he found that the staple had been drawn and the bolt had fallen down. He gave the prisoner into the custody of the police. The accused was remanded to have enquiries made as to his antecedents.[5]

In May 1874 the hotel was the victim of a fraud:

A young man named Michael M'Namara was charged at the City Police Court to day having been arrested in Melbourne, on warrant with having uttered a forged cheque for £5 10s on the Union Bank to Miss Mahony of the Northumberland Hotel in this city and he was remanded for a week for the production of evidence.[6]

A young man named Michael M'Namara was lodged in the City lock-up yesterday, on remand from Melbourne, charged with forging a cheque for £5 10s on the Union Bank. It appears that he was some time ago employed at the meat-preserving works at Windermere, and recently he came into Ballarat and ran up a score at Mrs Mahoney's Northumberland hotel, near the Hospital. On the 8th of last month he tendered Mrs Mahoney a cheque for the above amount, settled his account, and received the change ; then went away to Melbourne. When the cheque was presented at the bank it was discovered, to be valueless. The prisoner will be brought up at the City Court this morning.[4]

At his trial three weeks later, McNamara attempted to escape:

At the City Police Court today, Michael M'Namara was charged with forging the name of John Stewart to a cheque for £5 10s, with intent to defraud Mrs Moloney, wife of the landlord of the Northumberland Hotel, on the 8th of last April, and was committed for trial, but allowed bail. As the prisoner M'Namara committed at the police court this morning for forgery was being taken to gaol, he suddenly bolted from the police, but was soon secured again.[7]

In May 1876, the hotel was the venue for an inquest into the death of John Taylor, a carpenter and alcoholic who was found dead in the Sturt Street gardens. The publican, Ellen Mahony was called to testify:

Ellen Mahony, an innkeeper, deposed she saw deceased about 11 p.m. on Saturday night when he appeared stupified. He had a drink or two of brandy in the parlor, and seemed sleeping. He wanted more, and she refused him.[8]

In February 1887 the publican was charged with Sunday trading:

Ellen Mahony, Northumberland hotel selling liquor on Sunday, 19th December, 1886, to persons not lodgers or bona fide travellers; defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined £2 with 7s costs.[9]

In September 1887 the publican was charged with Sunday trading:

Ellen Mahoney, of the Northumberland hotel, was similarly charged, and as it was her second offence, was fined £10, with 10s costs.[10]

It was one of the 26 hotels closed in 1892 in Ballarat as part of the changes to licensing laws.[11][2] The owners were paid £939 compensation for the closure of the business.[11]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In May 1876 the hotel was the venue for an inquest into the death of John Taylor.[8]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1892 'LOCAL OPTION AT BALLARAT.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 19 March, p. 26. , viewed 25 Sep 2016,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1874 'No title', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 26 May, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jun 2018,
  5. 1862 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 September, p. 4, viewed 25 February, 2014,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1874 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 27 May, p. 5. , viewed 30 Jun 2018,
  7. 1874 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 3 June, p. 5. , viewed 30 Jun 2018,
  8. 8.0 8.1 1876 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 01 Jul 2018,
  9. 9.0 9.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 February, p. 3. , viewed 21 Jun 2018,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 September, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jun 2018,
  11. 11.0 11.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 9, 1943, Ballarat
  12. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2. , viewed 18 May 2020,
  13. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 06 Jun 2024,
  14. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 12 Oct 2016,
  15. 1888 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 December, p. 3. , viewed 11 Jun 2018,
  16. 1890 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 October, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jan 2020,

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