Palace Hotel

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Palace Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Lydiard and Mair Streets
Opened 1887
Closed 1918
Known dates 1887-1918
Other names St. Mungo Hotel
Evidence Building still standing

The Palace Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1887-1918.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Palace Hotel was on the corner of Mair Street and Lydiard Street.[1] The site had previously been the St. Mungo Hotel which hade burned down in 1887.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The large hotel, of 40 rooms, was built by Hugh Raverty.[1] Withers described the building as new in August 1888:

"...the handsome Italian structure (James and Co. architects), on the site of the burnt St. Mungo hotel, re-named Ballarat hotel..."[2]


The hotel was closed in 1918, when the license was surrendered.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In September 1897 Hugh Erskine Williams, was charged with passing valueless cheques to Mrs. Raverty of the Palace Hotel.[3]

In December 1889 the publican, Francis Paget, applied to open a second bar:

An application for a second bar was made by Mr Francis Paget, licensee of the Ballarat Palace hotel, to the Licensing court yesterday. Mr Pearson appeared for the applicant, and urged that the proposed bar was a necessary convenience for boarders and others. The application was opposed by the inspector on the grounds that the bar was unnecessary, and would be in close conjunction to the other bar. The request was refused.[4]

In November 1917, the publican was charged with having traded liquor after hours, and allowing people to be on the premises after hours:

PALACE HOTEL CASE. Helen Raverty, licensee of the Ballarat Palace hotel, was charged with having permitted persons to be on licensed premises during prohibited hours on 4th November. She was also charged with having allowed traffic in liquor to take place. The defendant who did hot appear was represented by Mr J. B. Pearson. Two men were also charged with having been on licensed premises after trading hours. Both defendants pleaded not guilty. Constable Daniels stated that at 1.10a.m. on 4th November he visited the Palace hotel in company with Constable Fulton. He asked Miss Raverty what the men were doing on the premises, and she said, "They are staying for the night." When asked if the names of the men were on the book, Miss Raverty replied, "Yes." He examined the bar, and near the side where the two men were sitting were two bottles of gin. One was empty, and the other contained a little gin. Constable Fulton corroborated the evidence of the previous witness. Alice Raverty was called, but did not appear. Sub-lnspector Nicholson stated that Miss Raverty had been subpoenaed to attend and given conduct money. Miss Raverty was fined £1 and 1/ costs for non-attendance as a witness. One of the men found on the premises stated that he was a frequent lodger at the hotel. The other man deposed that he stayed at the hotel because his wife was away. The Police Magistrate (Mr Harris) said that the question to decide was whether the statements of the men were unreasonable. The men had reasonable grounds for being on the premises, and their evidence was uncontradicted. The police had a most difficult duty to carry out, but they were perfectly justified in bringing the cases before the court. Men who were found on licensed premises had to satisfy the court, and not the police, that they were there for a lawful purpose. The informations were dismissed.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Index to Defunct Hotel Licences, Ballarat Palace, 08159-p0001-000001-116, Public Record Office of Victoria,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 August, p. 4. , viewed 01 Jan 2017,
  3. 1897 'BALLARAT, Thursday.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 17 September, p. 6. , viewed 01 Mar 2018,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Oct 2018,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1917 'PALACE HOTEL CASE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 November, p. 4. , viewed 04 Aug 2016,

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