Times Hotel

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Times Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Bridge Street
Closed 1891
Known dates 1869-1891

The Times Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, <1869-1891.

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The Times Hotel was in Bridge Street.[1] The Ballarat Star report of the Ballarat East Licensing Court 1874 hearings places the hotel in Victoria Street.[2] Is this the same or a different hotel? The office of the Ballarat Times was on Bakery Hill, now McDonalds, which might explain Victoria/Bridge Street confusion. A Fred Kruger photo c.1870s shows the hotel on the north side, opposite the intersection with Main Road.

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History[edit | edit source]

In February 1869 the hotel was advertising for a "...lad to wash up and make himself generally useful..."[3]

In February 1887 the publican, William Thompson, was fined £2 with 7s costs for Sunday trading.[4]

In June 1887 the publican, Margaret Flannery, was fined for allowing gaming:

The licensee of the Times hotel, Margaret Flannery, was fined £1, with 15s costs, at the Licensing Court yesterday, on the charge of permitting an unlawful game on her licensed premises. The unlawful game consisted in a game of euchre played for drinks.[5]

In February 1888 the publican was sued by the current and former owners of the Times Hotel to recover unpaid rent:

The cases of Thompson v Flannery and Dodd v Flannery, to recover rents alleged to be due for the Times hotel, Victoria street, which were adjourned from the last sittings of the County Court in Ballarat, were heard yesterday by his Honor Judge Casey. Mr Thompson, the former owner of the premises, sued to obtain the sum of £l6 8s 6d; and Mr Dodd, the present owner, to recover £23 11s 6d. Mr Finlayson, instructed by Messrs Pearson and Mann, appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr Gaunt, instructed by Messrs Cuthbert, Wynne, and Cos., for the defendant. The defence was that the defendant had, at her own expense, made certain necessary repairs to the building, which she was entitled to take from the rents due to the landlord. After hearing the evidence in the cases his Honor remarked that there would be some difficulty in apportioning the amounts of the set-off which should be paid by each landlord. He would enter verdicts for the plaintiffs for the amounts claimed, without prejudice to any claim the defendant had against the plaintiffs. At the request of Mr Gaunt execution was stayed for 14 days, in order to allow the defendant to enter these claims.[6]

It was listed for closure at the Licensing Court 1888 hearings, where it was described being in a dilapidated state, with 18 rooms, and indifferently conducted.[7]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[8] The owners were paid £500 compensation for the closure of the business and the publican £490.[8][9]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building was used as a coffee palace and a drapery shop.[10]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 12, 1943, Ballarat
  2. 2.0 2.1 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 17 December, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  3. 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 February, p. 3. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112883066
  4. 4.0 4.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 February, p. 3. , viewed 21 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203949571
  5. 5.0 5.1 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 June, p. 2. , viewed 03 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207769815
  6. 6.0 6.1 1888 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 February, p. 2. , viewed 04 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209213170
  7. 7.0 7.1 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14. , viewed 22 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6136822
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  9. 1892 'LOCAL OPTION AT BALLARAT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 23 July, p. 10. , viewed 22 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199341218
  10. 1893 'THE LATE LICENSED HOUSES IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209781692
  11. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 March, p. 4. , viewed 25 Jun 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219198726
  12. 1873 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 7 July, p. 3. , viewed 06 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article192277700
  13. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 09 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  14. 1879 'BALLARAT LICENSED VICTUALLERS’ ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 October, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jun 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200131496


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