Royal Mail Hotel (Main Street)

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Royal Mail Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Known dates 1855-1867
Google maps -37.5670107,143.8588634

The Royal Mail Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1855-1867>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Royal Mail Hotel was in Main Street[1], described in an 1863 auction notice as being at the corner with Specimen Hill Road. In 1858 the hotel was described as being next to M. Meyer, a druggist.[2] The 1861 map shows the hotel on the south east corner with Eureka Street.[3][4]

When put up for auction in June 1863, the hotel was described as:

That well known and old established house, the ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, situate at the corner of the Main and Specimen Hill roads, having a frontage of 62 feet to Main road by a depth of 165 fronting Specimen Hill road. The house is well-built of brick and wood, and contains, on ground floor, capital bar, with cedar, fittings, large dining-roam, 3 parlors, 4 bedrooms upstairs, good detached kitchen, pantry, stables, cellar fitted with pumps, garden and large yard, the whole securely fenced. Gas is laid on throughout the house, and it is ready for immediate occupation.[5]

Location[edit | edit source]

Address: now 102 Eureka Street, a Salvation Army Church. Google Ref: -37.5670107,143.8588634

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In April 1855 a large community meeting was held outside the hotel to hear a report from the Victorian Reform League. The report was concerned with the lack of government resources being spent in Ballarat to deal with crime.[6]

In June 1855 the theatre at the Adelphi was described as deserted, with entertainment moving to other venues including the Royal Mail:

Since the desertion and downfall of the stage in the now roofless and bottomless "Adelphi" and "Queen's" Theatres, concerts have become very popular. The saloons of the Charley Napier and Royal Mail draw full houses, to hear the local songs of Thatcher, and the sweet voice of Mrs. Hancock ; as also the humorous and comic performances of Golding, who represents Irish wit and humor in genuine style.[7]

In September 1856 a woman was robbed in her house behind the hotel.[8]

In June 1858, William Bird competed in a horse race:

A hack race followed, in which four horses started, a gray mare, belonging to Mr. Bird, of the Royal Mail Hotel, coming in the winner.[9]

In 1858 the publican was charged for having an unlicensed bagatelle table.[10] He claimed he had simply forgotten to renew the license, and the police said the hotel had a good reputation. He was not fined.

In November 1859 the hotel was damaged during the "great flood".[11]

In 1860 William Dunk opened a bottle shop separate from the other part of the establishment.[12]

In January 1861 the building had a close escape from destruction during the huge fire in Main Road that destroyed 60 other buildings and damaged another 40. Although the hotel was on the opposite side of the road, several times it caught fire, but prompt action by the fire brigade was able to save it.[13]

In July 1861, William Bird made a generous donation to the fire brigade:

The Engine Keeper handed in a cheque for 18s 6d from Mr William Bird, Royal Mail Hotel, Main road-charges remitted for refreshment to the Brigade at the last fire. Received with thanks.[14]

In April 1867 a storm destroyed the new ball court behind the hotel:

The ball court, recently erected behind the Royal Mail hotel, Main street, at an expense of, it is said, over £300, was also completely destroyed, the whole of one side wall and the back, together with the greater portion of the other side wall having been blown down. The walls were of considerable height to wards the back and were built of brick, and being unprovided with a roof the wind had thus a great effect upon them, and they gave way. Luckily, no one was in the court at the time or the consequences might have been very serious.[15]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • November 1864, into the death of Emma Young of Eureka Street, suicide by poison.[16]

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • Ballarat Prospecting Association -
    • Board Meeting 17 May 1858[17]
    • Board Meeting 22 May 1858[18]
    • Board Meeting 16 July 1858[19]

The People[edit | edit source]

In 1856 William Bird is listed as publican in the Geelong, Ballarat and Creswick's Creek Directory.[20]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Licencing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324943, (accessed January 19, 2014)
  2. 1858 'M. Myer.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 December, p. 1, viewed 25 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page6460721
  3. Victoria. Mines Department. Ballaarat gold field. No. 1 [cartographic material] 1861. MAP RM 3915, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-rm3915-sd-cd
  4. 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 4. , viewed 23 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443531
  5. 1863 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 3, viewed 12 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72514946
  6. 1855 'BALLARAT.', Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), 17 April, p. 3. (DAILY.), viewed 26 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91862697
  7. 1855 'BALLARAT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 21 June, p. 4. , viewed 21 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154895169
  8. 1856 'COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS FOR THE DISTRICT OF BUNINYONG AND BALLARAT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 September, p. 2. , viewed 15 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66039577
  9. 1858 'BALLARAT.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 25 June, p. 3. , viewed 06 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87981362
  10. 10.0 10.1 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 December, p. 4, viewed 21 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66332732
  11. 1859 'GREAT FLOOD AT BALLARAT.', South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1867), 12 November, p. 5. , viewed 15 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96496074
  12. Ballarat Star, 03 January 1860.
  13. 1861 'THE CONFLAGRATION ON THE MAIN ROAD.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 January, p. 2. , viewed 29 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66336805
  14. 1861 'BALLARAT WEST FIRE BRIGADE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 July, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 07 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66340535
  15. 1867 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 April, p. 2. , viewed 21 Sep 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112874300
  16. 1864 'SUDDEN DEATH IN EUREKA STREET.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 November, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66349825
  17. 1858 'BALLARAT PROSPECTING ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 May, p. 3. , viewed 26 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048177
  18. 1858 'BALLARAT PROSPECTIN ASSOCIATION.', Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 22 May, p. 3. , viewed 06 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112895957
  19. 1858 'BALLARAT PROSPECTING ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 July, p. 3. , viewed 26 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66049223
  20. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.
  21. 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
  22. 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 June, p. 4. , viewed 15 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443716
  23. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 2. , viewed 06 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048810
  24. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 15 July, p. 2. , viewed 02 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66049185
  25. Vic. :, [Ballarat almanac] , [Ballarat viewed 2 June 2017 http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-380846715
  26. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  27. 1860 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 09 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72466933
  28. 1860 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 21 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66056679
  29. 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


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