Prince Albert Hotel (Barkly Street)

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Prince Albert Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Barkly Street
Known dates 1855-1862
Demolished April 1870

The Prince Albert Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1855-1862>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Prince Albert Hotel was in Barkly Street, Ballarat.[1] In 1857 it was described as being on Bakery Hill.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In April 1855, a large public meeting was held near the hotel to raise support the Eureka rebels, and hold a dinner for that purpose:

A public meeting was held to-day, near the Prince Albert Hotel, Bakery Hill; about 300 were present. Captain Brown, Dr Gibson, Mr. Weeks, Dr Butler, and a few other gentlemen addressed the meeting.[3]

In August 1859 the chimney at the hotel caught fire:

On arriving at the scene of alarm, we learned that a chimney of the Prince Albert Hotel, in Barkly street, had taken fire, but had soon burned itself out, without any damage. The causes of the chimney catching fire were a glass of brandy and water being thrown on a somewhat large fire, and the flue being foul. The Fire Brigade, with engine, hose, and ladder trucks, were on the spot within a few minutes of the alarm being given, but their services were happily not required.[4]

The hotel was opposite a new mining operation in November 1859:

A new company, christened the " Sydney Gold Mining Company, have commenced operations opposite to the Prince Albert Hotel in Barkly street, quite contiguous to the Jewish reserve, which is in their claim. They are already five feet from the surface; and expect to strike the quartz reef in a short time, and are sanguine, from the success of parties at work in the locality, of getting paying quartz.[5]

In August 1860 the Ballarat Star reported:

We hear that the Government have leased the Prince Albert Hotel at the top of Barkly street, as a barrack for the police.[6]

In June 1863 the hotel was sold to the Presbyterian Church:

The Presbyterian congregation of Ballarat East has purchased as a site for a church and manse the ground on which the Prince Albert hotel now stands, together with the adjoining garden fronting Prince’s street and the Melbourne road."[7]

The newspapers reported the hotel had been demolished in April 1870:

Another of the old land marks has vanished. The Prince Albert hotel, at the top of Barkly street, where so many meetings of diggers took place in the days before and after the Eureka Stockade, is gone. It was used as a church for some time by the St. John’s Presbyterian congregation now worshipping in the Alfred Hall; but the place was too small, and it was demolished a few weeks ago, and on the site adjoining a new manse for the minister of the congregation has been built. The fortunes of the old hotel have been various, and if the walls could have spoken some strange revelations would have been made. However, the old place may be said to have departed in the odor of Presbyterian sanctity, differing in this respect from the first-Anglican church in the Western borough, which was turned into a billiard-room as an adjunct to a public-house bar.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1857, an application for a license by Henry Brandt was struck out by the court.[2]
  • In June 1857 Emille R. Weber did not appear at the Licensing Court to support his application.[10]
    • In June 1858 his application was postponed for one week as he did not have his sureties present at the court.[11] It was granted one week later.[12]
  • In June 1859 the license was granted to J. N. Peters.[13]
  • In June 1862 the publican's license was granted to Thomas Ellis.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Licencing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4,, (accessed January 19, 2014)
  2. 2.0 2.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 3. , viewed 20 Aug 2017,
  3. 1855 'BALLARAT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 11 April, p. 7. , viewed 21 Jul 2018,
  4. 1859 'News and Notes.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 5 August, p. 2. , viewed 01 Apr 2018,
  5. 1859 'News and Notes.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 3 November, p. 2. , viewed 14 Sep 2019,
  6. 1860 'News and Notes.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 1 August, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015,
  7. 1913 'FIFTY YEARS AGO.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 June, p. 10. , viewed 25 Jan 2020,
  8. 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 May, p. 2. , viewed 03 May 2018,
  9. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.
  10. 1857 'LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Dec 2018,
  11. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 08 Nov 2019,
  12. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2019,
  13. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Sep 2019,

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