Sir William Don Hotel

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Sir William Don Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Dana Street
Closed 1922
Known dates 1866-1922

The Sir William Don Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1866-1922.

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The Sir William Don Hotel was in Dana Street[1] on the corner with Ripon Street[2], and shared a boundary with the Benevolent Asylum.[3] The Sir William Don Company also operated a gold mine on the corner.

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Sir William Don

The hotel, and the mine, were probably named after English actor, Sir William Don (1825-1862), who died in Hobart, during a tour of Australia.[4]


History[edit | edit source]

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.[1] It was closed by the Licensing Board in 1922.[5]

In 1915 the Superintendent of the Ballarat Benevolent Home spoke at the License Reduction Board hearings in favor of the hotel remaining open:

Mr. C. Burrow, superintendent of Ballarat Benevolent Asylum, gave evidence in support of the continuance of the licence of the Sir William Don Hotel, which is contiguous to the asylum. He said he would not deprive the old folk in the asylum of their opportunity for 'a beer' at certain times even if he had to convey them home on a wheelbarrow. (Laughter.)[3]

In March 1920 the hotel was again included on a list of hotels considered for closure by the Licenses Reduction Board which held hearings in the Ballarat Supreme Court:

The licensee of the Sir William Don hotel, Miss Elizabeth Thomas, was represented by Mr J. B. Pearson. Constable King stated that the Sir William Don hotel contained 17 rooms, six of which were for public accommodation. The house was well furnished, and the licensee was one of the best in the district. The Western hotel, 22 chains away, was a better building, but to the best of his knowledge, this house had provided no accommodation for the last four years. The Southern Cross and the Scottish hotels were better than the Sir William Don, which was a better house than the Foundry hotel. Of the group of four hotels, the Foundry hotel could be done with out. The closing of the Sir William Don would be very inconvenient to the old people of the Benevolent Asylum, as they made good use of it. Constable Sullivan considered that the Sir William Don hotel would be more required than the Foundry, Elizabeth Thomas, licensee of the Sir William Don hotel, put in a statement showing the accommodation and meals supplied to the public. In all cases the board reserved its decision.[6]

In September 1920 during a contested license transfer, the hotel was described by the Licensing Magistrate as one of the best in Ballarat:

I consider that Ballarat has a good asset in this hotel. From my own observation, it is one of the best-conducted houses in the district, and I would be sorry to see its standard lowered.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 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
  2. 2.0 2.1 1866 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 July, p. 2, viewed 4 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112863324
  3. 3.0 3.1 1915 'BEER NECESSARY FOR ASYLUM INMATES.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 6 May, p. 11, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154956416
  4. Wikipedia contributors. "Sir William Don, 7th Baronet." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 Aug. 2018. Web. 21 Dec. 2018.
  5. 1922 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 February, p. 20, viewed 24 December, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4700592
  6. 6.0 6.1 1920 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 March, p. 8. , viewed 16 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212060186
  7. 7.0 7.1 1920 'SIR WILLIAM DON HOTEL', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 September, p. 2. , viewed 23 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213370426
  8. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 28 May 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. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 19 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209210243
  11. Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591
  12. 1893 'TRANSFERS OF LICENSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 September, p. 3. , viewed 18 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209796547


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