Rose and Crown Hotel

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For other hotels with the same or similar names, see Crown Hotel.
Rose and Crown Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Peel Street
Closed 1891
Known dates 1870-1891

The Rose and Crown Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, <1870-1891.

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The hotel was in Peel Street South, Ballarat.[1][2]

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History[edit | edit source]

In January 1870, George Johnson, was advertising his new hotel in Peel Street South, near Old Harry's Stables.[1]

In December 1879 a woman was gaoled for stealing a glass from the hotel:

Hannah O'Brien, charged with having on 15th inst. stolen a glass, value 1s, from Mr Johnson, of the Rose and Crown hotel, Peel street, was found guilty. She pleaded that she was the mother of a large family (nine children), and, did not know what she was doing at the time. Sentenced to a week’s imprisonment in Ballarat Gaol.[3]

In August 1886 there was an incident at the hotel, and the publican was assaulted:

A laborer named Michael Gleeson caused some excitement in Peel street on Saturday night through his erratic conduct. Gleeson, who was in company with three young men, went into the Rose and Crown hotel and abused the landlady, who remonstrated with him on his conduct, when the accused struck the landlady in the face. He then deliberately smashed a pane of glass in the front of the bar window. Constable Nicholson, who was quickly on the spot, arrested Gleeson and lodged him in the Town lock-up. The prisoner when taken into custody showed fight. The following were the charges entered against him: —1st, with using insulting words in a public place; 2nd, with wilfully breaking a pane of glass; 3rd, unlawfully assaulting Mrs Barney, landlady of the publichouse.[4]

In June 1888 the Licensing Court held a hearing into the hotel:

Rose and Crown hotel— John R. Arthur, licensee; John Wilson, owner. A wooden building, containing 12 rooms, six of them lath and plastered; fair accommodation, and fairly well conducted. Business principally a bar trade, and about 21 beds per week let...John Arthur, licensee of the Rose and Crown hotel, stated and that he had paid £340 to go into the house. There was a large traffic past the place. Henry Willis, livery stable keeper, and John Wilson, owner, gave evidence as to the business and convenience of the house.[5]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[6] The owners were paid £1588 compensation for the closure of the business.[6]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building was now a tobacconists and hairdressing salon.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1870 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 January, p. 1. , viewed 05 Jul 2018,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 24 May 2017,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1879 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Nov 2019,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1886 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 August, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2019,
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 1888 'PEEL STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 27 Sep 2018,
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  7. 1893 'THE LATE LICENSED HOUSES IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2021,
  8. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 19 Apr 2019,

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