Royal Navy Hotel

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Royal Navy Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Armstrong Street
Known dates 1868-1870
Other names All Nations Hotel

The Royal Navy Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1868-1870>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Royal Navy Hotel was in Armstrong Street. Hargreaves identified the site as being on the west side of Armstrong Street, between Eyre Street and Skipton Street, next to the Ebenezer manse.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The building had an interesting history. It was a prefabricated building made in either Singapore[2] or England[3]:

The building itself was a notable one. It was first, of all imported from Singapore, and has followed the fortunes of no less than four rushes before being erected where it now stands.[2]

The hotel was first known as the All Nations Hotel.[1]

It became the Royal Navy Hotel in 1868:

I, SARAH PARKER, now residing in Grant street, Ballarat, in the Colony of Victoria, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply to tho Justices sitting at the Court of Petty Sessions, to be holden at Ballarat on the 11th day of July, 1868, for a Certificate authorising the issue of " a Publican's License for a house situated at Skipton street, Ballarat, to be known as the Royal Navy Hotel, containing bar, four sitting-rooms, and ten bedrooms, and at present unlicensed.[4]

Her application was opposed by the congregation of the church next to the hotel:

An application was made by Mr Walsh on behalf of Sarah Parker, for a publican's license for an hotel in Armstrong street, formerly known as the All Nation's hotel. A petition was lodged against the application. Mr Mann appeared to oppose on behalf of the clergyman and congregation of the Ebenezer Church. The case was allowed to stand over till Tuesday.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

In March 1870 there was a fire at the hotel:

Last night a fire broke out, about 11 o'clock, in a public house at the corner of Armstrong and Skipton streets, known as the Royal Navy Hotel, occupied by a person named Gustave Hartmann. The brigades soon came to the relief of the inmates, and managed to extinguish the fire before a great deal of the house was burned. The building was insured for £300, and the stock-in-trade and furniture, over which a merchant held a bill of sale, were insured for £200. The cause of the fire is supposed to have been purely accidental.[2]

Another report:

DISASTROUS FIRE IN ARMSTRONG STREET, BALLARAT.-Within a few minutes after eleven o'clock on Sunday night flames lit up several well known landmarks, and all were speedily apprised of the fact that the scene of the conflagration was the Royal Navy Hotel, Armstrong street, just at the junction of Skipton street, and between Messrs Osborne Bros' produce stores and the Ebenezer Church. It was the old All Nations Hotel, a wooden building which was long since made in England, and put together in Ballarat. It had several times been removed, and was tolerably well known to most old residents in the alluvial centre. It was composed almost wholly of wood, and was nearly inflammable as a box of lucifer matches. The flames were utterly routed within about twenty minutes. This was not because no more remained to be burnt- as is usual in cases of fire in wooden houses - for by far the greater portion of the building stands, and a great deal of it may almost be said to be intact. The fire evidently originated in the upper portion of the rear of the house, and it was first perceived at the top of the staircase. No one can tell how it commenced, and some think it not a little strange that the flames should have first issued from a part of the house that was not being used. While the flames were at their full height, a member of the Western Brigade pluckily brought out a cash box, and handed it to Mr Hartmann. The furniture and other things which were saved were conveyed to the place near Mr M'Lean's Emu Hotel, where Mr Hartmann will reside for the present, It so happened that Mrs Hartmann left Ballarat on Sunday evening, with a view of visiting some friends at Buninyong, and was consequently absent at the time of the fire.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 18, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 1870 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 8 March, p. 6, viewed 17 May, 2014,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1870 'DISASTROUS FIRE IN ARMSTRONG STREET, BALLARAT.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 8 March, p. 3, viewed 17 May, 2014,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 4 July, p. 4, viewed 17 May, 2014,
  5. 1868 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 July, p. 4. , viewed 15 Aug 2019,

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