Red Hill Hotel

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Red Hill Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Opened 1856
Known dates 1856-1868

The Red Hill Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1856-1868>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Main Road, Ballarat East[1][2], on the east side of Main Rd., between Esmond (now York) and Clayton Streets[3], 6-7 doors from the S.E. corner Esmond street. [4] The location is on the bend in Main Street, south of the Red Lion Hotel (Main Road).

Background[edit | edit source]

A noted house established in 1854 in that busy centre of Red Hill Flat. All coaches made the house a stopping place both to and from the goldfield.-->

History[edit | edit source]

During James Dodd's application for a night license in June 1857, a joke was made in the court:

James Dodds, Red Hill Hotel. Mr Harris supported the application. Granted : with the addition of a joke from the Bench about supplying grog to temperance people.[5]

Advertised in 1859 as Red Hill & Temperance Hotel, the owners being Dodds and Thomson.

In July 1863 a woman was gaoled for breaking the hotel's windows:

Catharine Kay, a new arrival in town, for breaking the windows of the Red Hill Hotel, in default of paying a fine, was sent to gaol for seven days.[6]

The hotel was offered for lease in January 1867, with details available from James Dodds at the Buck's Head Hotel.[7]

On October 20 1865, the police raided the premises on Main Raod opposite the Red Hill Hotel occupied by merchant Quong Loy Goon, and Mr Brooks, tinsmith, a large rumbling one-storied building, used in front as an opium shop, and in the rear as a gambling house, resulting in the arrest of twenty-eight Chinese gamblers.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

In June 1865, the hotel was the venue for a meeting to consider proposed amendments to the Land Act and their impact on the welfare of the goldfields.[9]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1856 James Dodds' license application was postponed for a week as the hotel was not completed.[10]
    • In June 1857 the license was granted to James Dodds.[2] It was renewed in June 1858.[11]
    • He was granted a night license in July 1858.[12]
    • In June 1859, May 1860, and Junee 1861 Dodds' license was renewed.[13][14][15]
  • In June 1862 the license was granted to Robert Dodds.[16]
  • In about 1864-65, former Councillor and chemist, F. Young, "...took the Red Hill hotel and failed in it ..."[17]
  • In July 1865, Mr. Finn was the landlord of the hotel and also a prosecutor in Ballarat Eastern Police Court.[18]
  • In June 7 1866, transfer of the license from Alexander Brooke to John Gordon was granted.[19]
  • In October 1867, A. Goy was fined for allowing disorderly persons to assemble at his house (hotel).

Police v. A Goy, for allowing disorderly persons to assemble at his house, the Red Hill hotel. The constable said prostitutes and Chinese were there together after midnight, and the house had often been complained of. Mr Lewis, for the defendant, urged that the defendant did not know the girls, and "a man isn't supposed to know every girl." In fact the defendant was personally ignorant of the whole affair. Fined £5 and costs, or in default seven days' imprisonment.[20]

Location[edit | edit source]

-37.569090415079486, 143.87061361318072 per Google Maps[25]

-37.569090, 143.870613 Map: Google Maps

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1868 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 May, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113603296
  2. 2.0 2.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 11 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042654
  3. Map; Ballaarat hotels on Main St. 1861
  4. Ballarat Star 13 June 1857
  5. 1857 'LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042898
  6. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 July, p. 2. , viewed 01 Oct 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515823
  7. 1867 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 January, p. 3. , viewed 06 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112860723
  8. The Ballarat Star 20 Nov 1865
  9. The Ballarat Star 21 June 1865
  10. 1856 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 December, p. 3. , viewed 30 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66040038
  11. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048810
  12. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 15 July, p. 2. , viewed 03 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66049185
  13. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 08 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  14. 1860 'PUBLICANS' LICENSES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 30 May, p. 2. , viewed 07 Jun 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72467087
  15. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 02 Oct 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339704
  16. 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325077
  17. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Fri 4 Sep 1868, Page 2, Family Notices
  18. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), Tue 25 Jul 1865 Page 4 POLICE.
  19. The Ballarat Star 5 June 1866
  20. The Ballarat Star 17 Oct. 1867
  21. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Tuesday 1 September 1868
  22. The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924) Mon 23 Aug 1869 Page 3 Advertising
  23. Ballarat Star Tuesday, 9 November 1868 Page 4
  24. 1870 'BALLARAT EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 17 May, p. 4. , viewed 13 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191564850
  25. Google Maps


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