Telford's Hotel

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Telford's Hotel
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Town Ballan
Known dates 1857
Other names aka Racecourse Hotel

Telford's Hotel was a hotel in Ballan, Victoria, <1857>

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Ballan[1], near the Ballan Racecourse, and it was sometimes known as the Racecourse Hotel.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel began as a sly grog shop on the Ballarat road. By 1857 it had moved to the other side of the road, and was close to the site of some of Ballan's second racecourse:

It was then known as Telford's swamp, being so called after a man of that name who kept a grog shop there and subsequently removed to the other side of the road, where he continued to carry on a liquor establishment to the time of his death. At this course meetings, each of two days' duration, were held in 1858 and 1859, the winning post being about where the Bradshaw railway stations stands. Swamps were selected as racecourses in the early days because the timber was light and sparse at their edges, and the subsidence of water during the summer left a good running track. The present racecourse was the next adopted and remained unfenced for years. It was first used in 1860, and the winning post then and for many years afterward was down at the south-western corner, not far from the present six furlong post. After the reserve was fenced, entrance to it was gained for some years through the yard of Telford's hotel, which stood on the property recently sold by Mrs Robertson, of Bradshaw, to Mr Walter Fisk.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1917 'Early Ballan.', Ballan Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 1 March, p. 3. , viewed 06 Jan 2019,
  2. 1918 'Early Ballan.', Ballan Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 11 July, p. 3. , viewed 11 Jan 2019,

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