Royal Hotel (Main Road)

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Royal Hotel
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Town Clayton's Hill, Ballarat
Street Main Road?
Known dates 1855-1868

The Royal Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1855-1868>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was described as being at Clayton's Hill[1], this locality is near the intersection of Main Road and Clayton Streets. It was next door to the London Chartered Bank.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was described in an advertisement in the Geelong Advertiser in April 1855:

ROYAL HOTEL, Clayton's Hill, Ballarat --DANIEL HENSON respectfully informs his friends and the public generally that he has opened the above-named large and commodious hotel, with a carefully selected stock of the choicest wines and spirits procurable in the colony. The house contains some large and well finished sitting rooms, with clean and well aired bed rooms affording excellent accommodation to boarders and visitors. Charges moderate. N.B. First-rate stabling, under the immediate superintendance of the proprietor. The general store, next door the the hotel, is carried on as usual. The highest price given for gold. January 10th.[1]

The hotel was purchased in November 1857 by Henry Cherry, who then had problems with the previous publican's housekeeper:

WlLFUL DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. Cherry v. Mary Jones.-Mr Wigley appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Harris for the defendant On the 23rd instant, plaintiff purchased the Royal Hotel, on Clayton's Hill. The defendant had come and broken in his windows. From the statement of Mr Harris it appeared that the defendant had been for three years in the Royal Hotel, as house-keeper, to a Mr Henson, the owner, who had gone to Adelaide to get money. The defendant had been ejected from the premises in a most disgraceful way. Mr Wigley said, Mr Henson's interest in the premises had been sold by the sheriff. Mrs Jones had, therefore, no right to be on the premises. The Bench dismissed the case.

ASSAULT.-Mary Jones v. Phipps.-This was a summons for the defendant, the representative of Mr Cherry, the owner of the Royal Mail, having assaulted and turned the complainant out of the hotel. The defendant was fined 40s., or in default 48 hours imprisonment.[3]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

In April 1855 the the publican was Daniel Henson.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1855 'Advertising', Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), 21 April, p. 1. (DAILY.), viewed 25 May 2018,
  2. 1868, 'COUNTRY ADVERTISMENTS', The Age, 24 October 1868, pg.4,
  3. 1857 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 November, p. 3. , viewed 02 Nov 2019,

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