Soldiers' Hill Hotel

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Soldiers' Hill Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Armstrong Street
Known dates 1861-1869
Google maps -37.554876, 143.857684

The Soldiers' Hill Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1861-1866>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Soldiers' Hill Hotel was at Armstrong Street, Soldiers Hill[1][2], near the northeast corner with Seymour Street.[3]

Dicker's Directory description places the hotel at about 308 Armstrong Street North, -37.554876, 143.857684

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The publican, Mr Hanahan died in January 1869:

Mr Hanahan, an old resident of Ballarat, and the proprietor of the Soldier's Hill Hotel, fell down last night, and almost instantly expired.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • September 1862, an inquest into the death of an unidentified newborn baby. The body has been found in a nearby yard with a broken neck, and partially eaten by a dog.[5]
  • March 1863, inquest on John Higgins, a carpenter aged 30, who died from injuries after falling from a horse cab and then being run over it.[6]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In 1861 the publican was a Mr. Thomas.[2]
  • In 1861 John Higgens applied for the license.[2]. At the hearing their was discussion on the current state of the hotel:

John Higgens, Armstrong street, Soldiers' Hill Hotel. Mr Lewis: I appear to support the application. Mr Inspector Kabat: Mr Lewis rises to support this application before he knows whether I have any objection! I have, however, to complain that the house is in a filthy condition. The rooms are filthy; the stable is filthy; and the watercloset is filthy, altogether the house is unfit for accommodation. Mr Lewis: We admit that the watercloset is not in good order, but a nightman has been engaged to attend to it this evening. The present is a fresh applicant for the license. We are not accountable for the condition of the house, as it has been in other hands. When we get possession it will " naturally" be put in proper order. The house had formerly been let to a person named Thomas. Mr Lewis: The present applicant is a respectable man. Mr Kabat: I hope he'll keep the house cleaner than it has been kept then.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 June, p. 4, viewed 17 February, 2014,
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dicker, Ballarat and Ballarat District Directory, 1865-1866, pg. 10,
  4. 1869 'BALLARAT.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 7 January, p. 3. , viewed 26 Aug 2023,
  5. 1862 'INFANTICIDE ON SOLDIERS HILL.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 September, p. 3. , viewed 09 Aug 2017,
  6. 1863 'INQUESTS ON THE BODIES OF NICHOLAS HANSEN AND JOHN HIGGINS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 March, p. 2. , viewed 19 Mar 2023,
  7. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 10 Oct 2016,

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