Royal Oak Hotel (South Street)

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Royal Oak Hotel
The Royal Oak, 2011
History
Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. South Street and Lyons Street
Known dates 1873-2024
Other names Sign of the Castle and Ball Hotel
Castle and Bowl Hotel.

The Royal Oak Hotel is a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1873-2024. It was first called the Sign of the Castle and Ball Hotel[1], or the Castle and Bowl Hotel.[2]

Site[edit | edit source]

The Royal Oak Hotel is at 402 South Street, on the corner with Raglan Street.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was begun by John Ellis. Ellis had been a storekeeper at 10 Raglan Street in 1858. The original hotel is described as a brick building with a bar, parlour, sitting room, and six bedrooms, as well as kitchens and out buildings.[1] The name was changed to the Royal Oak Hotel around 1873, when Thomas Sanderson took over the licence.[1] The Ballarat Brewing Company bought the hotel in 1901.[1]


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In December 1877 the police objected to the renewal of John Thomas's license on the grounds that the hotel was dilapidated and badly furnished. The case was adjourned for two weeks.[3]

In 1878 the publican was charged with having allowed drunken and rowdy people to assemble at her hotel. The case was dismissed when it was shown that it was a group of sober people singing hymns.[4]

In March 1888 the publican was fined for Sunday trading:

Winifred O’Mera, licensee of the Royal Oak hotel, South street, pleaded that the bulk of the beer, which was in a bottle, was drawn on the Saturday night, that she had just put a little in on Sunday to keep it good, and also that she had received no money for it. The court took the evidence of Constables Rogerson and Hannon, and fined the defendant £4, with 10s costs.[5]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[6]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 Helen Dehn, The Royal Oak Hotel, The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, issue no. 8, 2009, ISSN 1832-2522, http://prov.vic.gov.au/publications/provenance/provenance2009/the-royal-oak-hotel#sthash.XU7DsqEA.dpuf
  2. 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 17 September, p. 3, viewed 17 May, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113847471
  3. 1877 'ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282906
  4. 4.0 4.1 1878 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 August, p. 4. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199326164
  5. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 September, p. 2. , viewed 26 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207774046
  6. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  7. 1873 'QUARTERLY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199005437
  8. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  9. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186441
  10. 10.0 10.1 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 2. , viewed 26 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209715941
  11. 1901 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 July, p. 3. , viewed 05 Dec 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207501292
  12. 1903 'THE LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 May, p. 3. , viewed 07 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208469685
  13. 1923 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 4 August, p. 11. , viewed 11 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203624234
  14. 1929 'HOTEL LICENCES.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 17 December, p. 11. , viewed 17 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203259973
  15. 2007, Ballarat Courier, 'Our watering holes are evolving with the times', 8 January 2007, http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/592544/our-watering-holes-are-evolving-with-the-times/
  16. 2021, Ford, Alex, "End of an era at the Oak", Ballarat Courier, 16 January 2021, https://digital-print-edition.austcommunitymedia.com.au/BAL/2021/01/16/3dissue/index.html


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