Plank Road Hotel

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Plank Road Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Closed 1891
Known dates 1858-1891

The Plank Road Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, <1858-1891.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Main Road[1], which had originally been called the Plank Road. The hotel was opposite Robert Brooks' brickyard on Dalton Flat.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for sale in February 1863:

WEDNESDAY, 11th FEBRUARY, On the Premises at 12 o'clock. PLANK ROAD HOTEL AND LIVERY STABLES. Sixteen Car Horses, Five Buninyong Cars, Harness, &c., Household Furniture, Stock, and Fittings May be had at valuation (at the purchaser's option.) CHAS. DYTE has been Favored with instructions from John Casey, Esq. (who is retiring from business), to Sell by Public Auction on the Premises, Wednesday, 11th February, at 12 o'clock sharp, THE PLANK-ROAD HOTEL, LIVERY STABLES (20 STALLS), COACH AND CAR SHEDS, &c., Situate on corner allotment 19, section A, Plank Road, Ballarat East. The Hotel, containing eight, rooms (fitted with gas), possesses every convenience, and has been doing a profitable trade for the last five years. After the sale of the House will be submitted Mr Casey's well-known lot of Cabs and Horses, comprising one American Carryall, five Buninyong Cars, a Single Brake and Water Cart, with suitable harness for each, together with SIXTEEN HORSES, In excellent condition, many of them favorites on the road. Terms, for House and Land, one-third Cash; balance extending over twelve months. Horses, Cars, &c., Cash. Also Two Cottages for Sale opposite the hotel. The above horses have been selected by the owner with great care, and the auctioneer can confidently recommend them as being staunch and tractable in single or double harness. CHAS. DYTE, Auctioneer.[3]

In June 1864, Joel Bushby advertised his intention to apply for a renewal of the license of the Plank Road Hotel:

TO the Bench of Magistrates at Ballarat East, in the Colony of Victoria.-I, JOEL BUSHBY, Publican, now residing at Geelong road, Ballarat East, do hereby give notice, that it is my intention to apply to the justices assembled at Petty Sessions at Ballarat East, on the 1st day of July, 1864, for a certificate authorising the issuing of a Publican's License for a house situated on the Geelong road, Ballarat East. It contains bar, bar parlor, kitchen, and six bedrooms, stabling, &c, and known as the Plank Road Hotel, being now occupied by myself, and situated in the borough of Ballarat East. Dated at Ballarat this 15th day of June, 1864. JOEL BUSHBY.[4]

In November 1885, the hotel was the first hotel visited by a group of five young men who went on a "pub crawl" by horse cab to Buninyong and visited the Robert Burns Hotel, Buninyong Hotel, Princess Royal Hotel, and finally the Buninyong Shire Hall Hotel. Their behavior got them into trouble and they were arrested:

Five young men named M’Leod, Atken, Kerby, Sheridan, and Merrin were charged by Sergeant Grady with using insulting behavior in a public place with intent to provoke a breach of the peace on the 22nd November.[5]

The Plank Road Hotel was listed to be de-licensed on 29 June 1888.[1] This was delayed by legal action by Richard Woofe of the Robert Burns Hotel. It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[6] The owners were paid £770 compensation for the closure of the business.[6]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building had become a general store.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1858, John Casey, did not appear at the Licensing Court which postponed his application for one week.[8] Granted one week later.[9]
    • In July 1858, John Casey was refused a night license on the grounds that it was not a first class hotel.[10] The license was granted two weeks later.[11]
    • His license was renewed in June 1859, 1861 and 1862.[12][13][14]
    • In February 1863, Casey offered the hotel for sale.[3]
  • In June 1863 the publican's license was granted to John Bushby.[15]
  • In December 1873 and 1874 the publican's license was granted to John Meyer.[16][17]
  • In November 1885 and in 1888 the publican was George C. Skinner.[5][18]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 12, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 1859 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053397
  3. 3.0 3.1 1863 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 February, p. 3. , viewed 24 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72554720
  4. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 4. , viewed 15 Apr 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345878
  5. 5.0 5.1 1885 'BUNINYONG POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 December, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206304905
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  7. 1893 'THE LATE LICENSED HOUSES IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209781692
  8. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 29 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048685
  9. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048810
  10. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 15 July, p. 2. , viewed 05 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66049185
  11. 1858 'SPECIAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 July, p. 2. , viewed 05 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66049342
  12. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 29 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  13. 1861 'DISTRICT LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 20 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339879
  14. 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325077
  15. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 3 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515106
  16. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 25 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  17. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 7 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  18. Victorian Post Office Directory (Wise), 1888, pg. 13

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