Stork Hotel

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Stork Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Armstrong Street South
Known dates 1864-1915

The Stork Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1864-1915>.

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The Stork Hotel was in Armstrong Street.[1] In 1876 it was described as being next to O'Farrell and Sons saleyards.[2]

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History[edit | edit source]

In April 1867 the hotel offered accommodation for gentlemen for £1 5s per week.[3]

The hotel lease was offered for sale in March 1868.[4]

In July 1868 the was the mention of a riot at the hotel:

James M'Bride, who was charged with firing the pistol with intent to kill at the Stork Hotel riot last May, was tried for the offence on Saturday before the Chief Justice. He was defended by Mr Aspinall. The jury returned a verdict of acquittal. In fact, the judge thought there was hardly a case to go to the jury.[5]

The proprietor, J. T. Thompson, offered the hotel for lease in June 1876.[2] Thompson was moving to Deniliquin.[6]

In March 1886 the publican sought permission to operate a second bar near the sale yards, a practice which had been taking place without legal sanction for 20 years:

Mr Gaunt applied, on behalf of Mr Cherry, licensee of the Stork hotel, Armstrong street, for permission to keep open a second bar. The bar had been carried on in a right-of-way in O’Farrell’s sale yards on sale days for years past, and the police had never objected to it. The bar was a great public convenience. He asked that this bar might be" kept open on sale days—Wednesdays, from 10 o’clock until 3 o’clock; and on Saturdays, from 10 o’clock until 7. o’clock. Chas. Salter, solicitor for Messrs O’Farrell, stated that the bar had been open for some 20 years, and in his opinion was a great public convenience on sale-days. James Tannock, a member of the firm of O’Farrell and Son, said the bar was a great convenience. If those who patronised the place left the yard to go to another hotel, they might miss the very business, they came about. The customers could also get a bar lunch. Mr Gaunt asked the court whether a petition which had been signed by a large number of persons doing business in the sale-yards could be received. It would be very difficult to bring all the persons who had signed, but he could prove all the signatures. The petition was then put in. Mr Parkinson said the only objection was as to whether the tax was on the licensed premises. Mr Cherry stated that the bars were about 200 feet apart, but were connected by buildings used by him and also by Messrs O’Farrell and Son. James Day, bacon-curer, said he was a frequent attendant at the yards, and looked on the bar as a great public convenience.—Decision reserved.[7]

In July 1886 it was reported that Cherry was unable to keep open the bar at O'Farrells, and wanted to sell his license and move to Tasmania, however a change in the Licensing Act meant that he had to wait for the Licensing Court to convene:

A forcible illustration of one of the disabilities under which the licensed victuallers labor in consequence of some of the provisions of the Amended Licensing Act has been furnished in Ballarat. Mr Cherry, late licensee of the Stork hotel, applied at the annual licensing meeting for permission to keep open a bar at O’Farrell’s saleyards on business days, but the bench refused the application. By this means one of the most lucrative portions of his trade was cut off, in fact, the principal source of income, on account of which mainly Mr Cherry had rented the hostelry, was thus taken away. Accordingly, Mr Cherry relinquished the business, and rented an hotel in Tasmania. But here, again, the absurdities of the law pursued him. Under the old Act the police magistrate could at any time that application was made to him grant the transfer of a license under such circumstances. Now, however, this can only be done at certain times when the Licensing Courts sit. Being absent from his house in Tasmania he suffers loss, and if he should leave before the transfer for the Stork hotel is made, he would not alone render himself liable to prosecution for being absent from his licensed premises without permission, but would prevent the owner of the premises from obtaining a transfer to anyone else. The requisite permission too, cannot be granted except by the Licensing Court. Mr Cherry is thus left “between the devil and the deep sea.” The owner loses; Mr Cherry loses and is seriously inconvenienced; the incoming tenant cannot occupy the premises, and all this might have been avoided by the insertion of a small common-sense saving clause, empowering one police magistrate to deal with such cases.[8]

In August 1886 the Sandhurst and Bendigo United Lacrosse club had dinner at the hotel after playing the Ballarat team:

In the evening the visitors were entertained at a banquet at the Stork hotel, where Host Gilbert had provided an excellent repast. A number of toasts aud speeches, interspersed with songs, served to make the evening pass most agreeably.'[9]

In June 1891 the publican was one of two charged with breaches of the licensing laws:

Theresa Dansey, licensee of the Australian Arms hotel, and Emma Gilbert, licensee of the Stork hotel, were each fined £5, with 3s 6d costs, for having the bar doors in their licensed premises unlocked during prohibited hours.[10]

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]

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Sports[edit | edit source]

  • Ballarat Drapers Cricket Club meeting, September 1886.[11]

The People[edit | edit source]

Mrs Gilbert, of the Stork hotel, in returning thanks for the liberal patronage accorded her since the death of her late husband, notifies that she intends to carry on the business, and asks a continuance of their favors.[18]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1876 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 June, p. 3. , viewed 03 Feb 2017,
  3. 1867 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 April, p. 3. , viewed 06 Nov 2022,
  4. 1868 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 March, p. 3. , viewed 22 Sep 2018,
  5. 1868 'BALLARAT.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 28 July, p. 3. , viewed 21 Aug 2021,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1876 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 August, p. 2. , viewed 30 Oct 2022,
  7. 7.0 7.1 1886 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 March, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2017,
  8. 1886 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 July, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jul 2019,
  9. 1886 'LACROSSE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 August, p. 4. , viewed 01 Dec 2018,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 June, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2018,
  11. 1886 'CRICKET.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 September, p. 4. , viewed 01 Dec 2018,
  12. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 10 Oct 2016,
  13. 1864 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 19 October, p. 4, viewed 17 February, 2014,
  14. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,
  15. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017,
  16. 1887 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 January, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2018,
  17. 1895 'BALLAN.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 13 April, p. 3. , viewed 01 Dec 2018,
  18. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 August, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2018,
  19. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 June, p. 2. , viewed 03 Aug 2019,
  20. 1905 'TRANSFERRED LICENSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 August, p. 8. , viewed 25 May 2022,

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