Royal Oak Hotel (Clunes)

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Royal Oak Hotel
Clunes Museum photograph
History
Town Clunes
Closed 31 December 1908
Known dates 1873-1908
Other names Shades
Demolished c.1940

The Royal Oak Hotel was a hotel in Clunes, Victoria, 1873-1908.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Fraser Street, Clunes.[1][2] It was located between the current National Hotel beer garden and Madam Saddler.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The Clunes Museum holds a photograph of the licensee John Stockden (1832 - 1905), wife Ann (1842 - 1882) and baby, either Sarah, Elizabeth or James.[2] In c.1865 John Stockden met with a severe accident while mining at Rocky Flat near Talbot 'which rendered him a cripple for the remainder of his days'. In 1868 he moved to Clunes. According to the Ballarat Star "His Hotel was always conducted in a praiseworthy manner and he gained the esteem and respect of a large number of friends."


History[edit | edit source]

In May 1908 the hotel was included on a list of 47 hotels to be delicensed by the License Reduction Board.[1] The owner was paid £182 compensation and the licensee £5.[1]

LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD. The Licenses Reduction Board sat in the Courthouse on Monday, and heard evidence regarding the Royal Oak and Northumberland hotels, both of which are situated closely in Fraser street. The licenses of these hotels have both surrendered, and they will be closed at the end of the year. Inspector Balchin’s report showed that the hotels were well conducted, but were not required. The board reserved its decision in both cases.[3]

The hotel closed on 31 December 1908:

The second case was that of the Royal Oak Hotel, also situated at Clunes. The police reported that the hotel was not required. The owner and licensee, Sarah Stockton (Stockden), asked for permission to keep the hotel open until 31st December. The Board acceded to this request.[4]

The building was demolished c1940[2]:

OLD HOTEL DEMOLISHED CLUNES. — Delicensed many years ago, the Royal Oak Hotel, built in 1873, has been demolished. The first licensee was Mr. John Stockton. This hotel was also known in the early days as The Shades.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1876 the publican's license was granted to J. Stockden.[6]
    • It was renewed in December 1883 and 1886.[7][8]
    • He was still licensee at the time of his death in November 1905.[9]
  • In March 1908 the owner and licensee was Sarah Stockden.[4]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1908 'BALLARAT HOTELS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 May, p. 3. , viewed 12 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10670968
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Royal Oak Hotel, Clunes Museum Instagram, April 2022, https://www.instagram.com/clunesmuseum/, https://clunesmuseum.org.au/
  3. 1908 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 May, p. 6. , viewed 27 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205464590
  4. 4.0 4.1 1908 'LICENSES REDUCTION.', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 10 March, p. 6. , viewed 27 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242038055
  5. 1940 'OLD HOTEL DEMOLISHED', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 8 May, p. 10. , viewed 28 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12457169
  6. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE. CITY COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833122
  7. 1883 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201619510
  8. 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210840183
  9. 1905 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 November, p. 6. , viewed 14 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211281858


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