Railway Hotel (Lydiard Street)

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Railway Hotel
Railway Hotel, (BMI Collection)
Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Opened 1913
Known dates 1913-1970s
Other names Jackson's Hotel
Royal George Hotel
Federal Hotel
Regent Tavern
Jackson's & Co.
The Sporting Globe

The Railway Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1913-1970s. It was the fourth hotel on a site has been used for hotels from 1860-2014>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Railway Hotel was on the south west corner of Lydiard Street and Mair Street.[1] The site had been the location of Ballarat's original post office, first in a tent, and later in a wooden building, as recreated at Sovereign Hill.[1] The hotel was built in 1860 by John Jackson. It was not the Railway Hotel in Lydiard Street which operated in the 1870s and closed in 1884.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The first hotel on the site was Jackson's Hotel, from 1860-1863. The name was changed to the Royal George Hotel from about 1863 until about 1892.[1] After the forced hotel closures in Ballarat in the 1890's, the Royal George was renamed the Federal Hotel.[1] In 1913 it was renamed as the Railway Hotel and kept that names until the 1970's.[1] For a time it was known as the Regent Tavern. In 2013 it was opened after extensive renovations as Jackson's & Co.. In 2016 the name was changed again, and it became the The Sporting Globe.

History[edit | edit source]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[2]

The hotel was one of 23 hotels reviewed by the License Deprivation Board in Ballarat in 1922.[3]

In December 1932 the hotel was one of a number of district hotels whose licenses were renewed, but with a warning:

"...granted after evidence tendered regarding police suspicions of betting had been considered...Mr. Barr referring to betting on hotel premises said that it had been going on for years and nothing the police or Court could do so far had stopped it. If the licensees did not willingly stop it and the owners would not stop it the Court would try another very drastic way. There were still a number of hotels in Ballarat to disappear under the law.[4]

The original Jackson's Hotel building, erected in 1860, is still in use. A copy of the 1890's verandah, demolished in 1964, was rebuilt in 2013.[1]

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The People[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jacksons & Co, 2013, http://www.jacksonsandco.com.au/history, accessed 11 February 2014
  2. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  3. 1922 'REDUCTION OF LICENSES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 8. , viewed 28 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214911858
  4. 1932 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 6 December, p. 10. , viewed 25 Apr 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4512600
  5. 1933 'HOTEL LICENCES TRANSFERRED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 5 September, p. 13, viewed 27 April, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11689093
  6. 1938 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 January, p. 14. , viewed 01 Apr 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11141578

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