Prince of Wales Hotel (Grenville Street)

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Prince of Wales Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Grenville Street
Closed 1892
Known dates 1879-1892

The Prince of Wales Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1879-1892.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Grenville Street, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was closed in 1892. It was one of the 26 hotels closed in 1892 in Ballarat as part of the changes to licensing laws.[2][3]

History[edit | edit source]

In November 1878 there was a fire at the hotel:

THE FIRE IN GRENVILLE STREET. TO THE EDITOR OF THE COURIER. Sir—Allow me through the medium of your paper to return my sincere thanks to Mr Morrison, agent of the Victoria Insurance Company, for the prompt and courteous manner he has treated me in the unfortunate fire that occurred at the above address on the night of the 24th instant.—Yours, MARY BRINDLEY, Prince of Wales hotel, Grenville street, 27th November.[1]

In February 1883, there was an incident at the hotel:

Joseph Powell, a middle-aged man, late on Saturday night apparently got so excited with electioneering war-cries, that he smashed several glasses and broke a window at Tinworth’s hotel, Grenville street. He was promptly handed over to the City police.[4]

In February 1887 Joseph Tinworth was unsuccessfully charged in the Licensing Court:

Joseph Tinworth, of the Prince of Wales hotel, was charged with supplying liquor to an intoxicated person but as there appeared to be a misunderstanding in connection with the alleged offence the case was withdrawn'[5]

The hotel was robbed in May 1889:

On Saturday night a robbery was committed at Tinworth's hotel, Grenville street, and among the property earned off was a sum of £20, which was taken from a drawer in a bedroom, together with a number of silver coins, mostly threepenny pieces. It appears that the burglars performed their work somewhat hurriedly, as in their anxiety to leave the premises a quantity of jewellery, valued at £40, was overlooked in the drawer, from which they abstracted the money referred to. The robbery was a most audacious one, as the thieves had to pass through various apartments in which were members of the household. It is thought that the offenders are persons well acquainted with the premises. The matter has been reported to the police.[6]

After the hotel closed in 1892 it became a boarding house, run by a Mrs. Fergsuon. In 1899 the newspapers reported the sudden death of a resident at the house, stone cutter, Thomas Harris (Tommy the Nut) who had been working on the East Moorabool water scheme.[7]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1879 'THE FIRE IN GRENVILLE STREET.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 28 November, p. 3. , viewed 19 Dec 2016,
  2. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 9, 1943, Ballarat
  3. 3.0 3.1 1892 'LOCAL OPTION AT BALLARAT.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 19 March, p. 26. , viewed 25 Sep 2016,
  4. 1883 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 February, p. 2. , viewed 27 Feb 2018,
  5. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 February, p. 3. , viewed 21 Jun 2018,
  6. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 May, p. 2. , viewed 21 May 2022,
  7. 1899 'SUDDEN DEATH AT A BOARDING-HOUSE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 October, p. 2. , viewed 19 Dec 2016,
  8. 1882 'PROPERTY SALES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 August, p. 3. , viewed 19 Dec 2016,

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