Royal Mail Hotel (Lydiard Street)

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Royal Mail Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Closed 1887
Known dates 1864-1887

The Royal Mail Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1864-1887>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Lydiard Street.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

A hotel of the name Royal Mail Hotel was operating in or around Ballarat since at least 1855 [1].

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was part of an allotment put up for sale on Lydiard street in December 1864. The hotel was operating at the time, licensed to B. A. Stoney, with a lease of £104/annum. The neighbouring allotment was the Railway Dining Rooms [2]. At that time the hotel was called variously:

  • Stoney's Hotel
  • the Royal Mail Hotel
  • Stoney's Royal Mail Hotel [3]

The license was transferred several times during the 1860's.

  • From B. A. Stoney to John Donnelly (1865) [4].
  • From John Donnelly to James Adams, bootmaker (1865) [5] .
  • From James Adams to Emily Adams, spinster (1866) [6].
  • From Emily Adams (back) to B. A. Stoney (1866) [7]

There was fire at the hotel in December 1869:

Shortly before ten o'clock on Tuesday night a fire broke out in Stoney's Hotel, Lydiard-street, Ballarat, but only three rooms were injured, and some loss suffered in bedding, curtains, &c.[2]

The hotel continued to be operated by B. A. Stoney until his death, and was afterward insured for £300 [8].

In September 1887 the owner and publican agreed to surrender the license:

John Noble Wilson and James Adams, owners, and Lewis Phillips, occupier, of the Royal Mail hotel, Lydiard street, wished to surrender the license of the hotel instead of bringing the accommodation of such premises into conformity with the requirements of the Act, and claimed compensation. The surrender was accepted, and 20th September, at 10 a.m., fixed as the date to hear the claims for compensation.[3]

The licence of the Royal Mail Hotel, Lydiard-street, was surrendered, the court awarding the owners, Messrs. J. Noble Wilson and John Adams, £200 compensation, with £50 to Lewis Phillips, the occupier.[4]

Messrs J. N. Wilson and James Adams, trustees of the Royal Mail hotel, Lydiard street, and Mr L. Phillips, licensee, applied for compensation at the Licensing Court yesterday, the license of the hotel having been surrendered. Mr Finlayson appeared on behalf of the applicants, and enquired as to the manner in which the court would assess compensation. His Honor Judge Casey said the compensation would be assessed on the difference in value of the house with the license and without it. Mr J. N. Wilson deposed that the rent of the hotel was £104 a year. The house was patronised by the poorer portion of the population, and a considerable sum would have to be expended before it could be brought up to the requirements of the Act. He doubted whether, if the hotel was shut up, the place could be let without the license. F. M. Claxton, auctioneer, thought that £2 2s a week was a fair rental for the place with the license, and it would be worth nothing without the license. The capital value of the land without the license he would estimate at about £50 per foot, which for 24 feet frontage would, be £1200. T. A. Freeman, auctioneer, said if the house was brought up to the requirements of the Act it would bring a rental of £3 a week. He thought the land was worth £60 a foot, and with the building and license about £2000. Twelve years purchase was a fair value for Lydiard street property. George Glencairn Lorimer, builder and contractor, said it would cost between £800 and £900 to erect a building on the site which would bring a rental of £2 per week. Louis Phillips, the occupier, stated that he had been 12 months in the hotel, and had paid £450 for the goodwill, &c. The takings were between £20 and £25 a week, and the expenses were £7. The furniture and fittings were insured for £400. William Dobbie, inspector of public buildings, who was called by the licensing inspector, said the expenditure of £25 would get as good a rental as was given in adjoining shops. Taking the capital value at £60 a foot, the ground could be let on building lease at £85 a year. The court awarded £200 compensation to the owners and £50 to the occupier.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 December, p. 4. , viewed 14 Oct 2017,
  2. 1869 'LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), 11 December, p. 24. , viewed 21 Feb 2021,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 September, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jun 2018,
  4. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 21 September, p. 5. , viewed 26 Dec 2018,
  5. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 September, p. 2. , viewed 28 Dec 2018,
  6. 1875 'QUARTERLY LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Jun 2019,
  7. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017,

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