Prince Alfred Hotel (Sturt Street)

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Prince Alfred Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Sturt Street
Known dates 1869-1875
Google maps -37.560101, 143.844761

The Prince Alfred Hotel, was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1869-1875>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Sturt Street, one property east of the north corner with Ascot Street.[1][2] In 2018 this was the site of the Red Rooster restaurant, at 1024 Sturt Street, Google Map ref:-37.560140, 143.844843

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The original one storey wooden structure was completely destroyed by fire in 1869 and must have been rebuilt with the insurance money.

History[edit | edit source]

The original hotel building was completely destroyed by a fire in April 1869:

FIRE IN STURT STREET. At about ten minutes to one o'clock this morning,when most respectable folk were peacefully slumbering, a fire broke out on the premises of Mr Alexander Craig, of the Prince Alfred hotel, Sturt street, between Windermere and Ascot streets. The Western fire-bell soon rang an alarm, but owing to Dr Hillas' home obstructing the view of the watchman on the tower, the fire was not so soon observed as would otherwise have been the case. The men of the brigade answered the summons speedily, and in a short space of time the whole of the apparatus was on the spot, and the water brought to bear on the flames, which in a very short time had laid hold of the entire building. The Prince Alfred Hotel is a one story wooden building, with a number of bedrooms, also of wood, extending from the back. On the eastern side is a new brick store formerly occupied by Mr Ewart, but which is now let to Mr English, grocer, who is only just unpacking his stock. On the other side, and at the corner of Ascot street, was a draper's shop, built of wood, with the exception of the wall next the hotel, which is of brick. This shop is known as the Manchester House, and is occupied by Mr Whitehead. Mr Craig was in Melbourne at the time the fire broke out, and those in the building at the time were Mrs Craig, her four children, and servants, and some boarders, but how many we could not ascertain. The cause of the fire is at present a mystery, but it seems to have originated about the middle of the row of bedrooms extending from the back of the hotel, and occupied by the lodgers. Before the fire had had time to extend much, the children, who were also, we believe, at the back of the house, were got out, and the rest of the inmates, after saving any thing they could lay their hands on, also made their escape. Before the arrival of the brigade, one or two small garden hoses were squirted on to the flames, but of course without any effect, and several of those who were about gave a hand to get whatever could be saved. In anticipation of the fire spreading some property and one or two children were removed from Mr Whitehead's. The flames soon consumed the whole of the back premises, and in spite of the efforts of the firemen, got a firm hold of the main building, which was all but burned to the ground. Several of the casks of spirits exploded with a loud report, and for the moment caused some alarm among the crowd that had assembled. The buildings on either side had a narrow escape, and it was only by the drenching from the hose, and buckets handled by men on the roofs, that they were saved, as the woodwork under the projection of the roofs would easily have caught fire. Some twenty-five men of the Western Fire Brigade turned out, and others from the Eastern Brigade, with their hose-carriages, also made their appearance in very good time, considering the distance, but too late to render much assistance.
Sergeant M'Cullagh and a number of constables were on the spot to keep order, but the crowd being small, there was not much difficulty in doing this. Upon the principle that small beginnings make large endings, Private M'Intyre, of No. 3 Corps of the B.V.R, made his appearance on the scene, as a member of the salvage corps, and helped to keep a proper space clear for the firemen to work in. A trifling delay was caused by one of the india rubber hoses bursting near the coupling as soon as the water was turned on, probably owing to the pressure, which seemed very high. The only damage done to the adjoining buildings by the fire was the partial destruction of a wooden out-house behind Mr Ewart's premises. Mrs Craig and her children were removed to the Devon and Cornwall hotel, opposite the scene of the fire. The shock appears to have told severely upon Mrs Craig, who, we are informed, was approaching her confinement. From what could be ascertained it appears that the Alfred hotel was insured, but in what office it was impossible to learn. After the fire had been thoroughly put out, the members of the brigade returned in high spirits, marching to the song of " Marching through Georgia," which, accompanied by the tinkling of the bells on the hose carriages, had rather a pretty effect. A good deal of grumbling is going on among the firemen at the conduct of the borough council in not taking steps to have the watch-tower raised, so that the view will not be obstructed by Dr Hillas' house.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 October, p. 4, viewed 6 October, 2015,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1869 'FIRE IN STURT STREET.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 April, p. 3. , viewed 01 Apr 2018,
  3. 1873 'QUARTERLY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Mar 2020,
  4. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 26 Jun 2017,
  5. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 21 Aug 2022,

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