Albion Hotel (Waterloo)

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Albion Hotel
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Town Waterloo
Known dates 1879-1923
Other names aka Witherden's Hotel

The Albion Hotel was a hotel in Waterloo, <1879-1923>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Waterloo.[1] In Thomas Witherden's will in 1885 the hotel was described as being a wooden building of eight rooms, on Crown land held by virtue of a Miners' Right, and valued at £120.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Also referred to as Witherden's Hotel in 1880.[3]


History[edit | edit source]

In November 1879, the publican, Thomas Witherden, held a ball to celebrate new extensions to the hotel:

WATERLOO. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT) Mr Witherden, of the Albion hotel here, gave a ball and supper on Thursday last, on the occasion of the new additions to his premises. At about half past eleven o'clock, about 100 sat down to an excellent supper, provided by the host. Mr J Weatherspoon, of Beaufort, presided The chairman felicitously "The Queen," Mr Stewart "The Ladies," Mr Wilson "The Host and Hostess, and Family." After which dancing was resumed and kept up until morning, everyone seeming to enjoy themselves.[4]

The publican received special praise in October 1886:

Mrs Witherden, the proprietress of the Albion hotel, has received from Mr. T. H. Lawn, secretary of the Ballarat Branch of the A.M.A., a letter conveying the best thanks of that branch to Mrs W. for her attention to the Ballarat delegates while they were stopping at her house.[5]

In March 1897, the hotel provided lunch for 30 people, as part of the Minister of Mines, Mr H. Foster, visit to the Beaufort district.[6]

In May 1904, the hotel was the venue for a valedictory dinner for the local policeman. The newspaper report provides an insight into the local community at the time:

WATERLOO. VALEDICTORY. Much surprise and regret were expressed here on Friday when it was made known that Constable Stevenson had received notice of his transfer to Warrenheip. The same evening an impromptu gathering of his friends and well-wishers took place at Vowles’ Albion hotel to bid him good-bye. In proposing the health of Mr and Mrs Stevenson the chairman. Mr T. D. Martin, explained that, as Mr Stevenson had only received notice that morning, and was leaving on Monday, they had had very little time to organise a “send off,” but felt they could not let them go without expressing some of the kindly feeling they had towards them. He was sure that every one would regret their departure very much. As a citizen Mr Stevenson was respected and esteemed by all. He took a lively interest in every public movement for the benefit of the place, and was a staunch supporter of and on earnest worker for the Mechanics’ Institute, of which he was one of the committee. In conclusion, he wished Mr and Mrs Stevenson and family every success and happiness in the future. Messrs M'Naughton, Cochrane, Newey, Ballantyne, and others also spoke of Mr Stevenson in laudatory terms. Constable Stevenson, in responding, thanked the chairman and other gentlemen for their flattering remarks and good wishes. He felt leaving his Waterloo friends deeply. He had been here now about 12½ years, and had begun to look upon the place as his home. As a policeman his duty had always been a pleasure to him. Although he was leaving Waterloo he would not forget the very kind friends he had made there, and would always be happy to see them at Warrenheip. Songs and recitations were then contributed by the company, and the singing of "Auld lang syne” terminated a very enjoyable evening.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • New Victoria Tribute Company, quarterly meeting, August 1885.[8]
  • Royal Saxon Company, half yearly meeting, December 1880.[9]
  • Waterloo Tunnel, general meeting, 3 December 1888.[10]

Unions[edit | edit source]

  • In 1886 the Amalgamated Miners' Association held its fortnightly meetings at the hotel.[11]


The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSING COURT.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 22 Sep 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119570366
  2. Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591
  3. 1880 'ROYAL SAXON COMPANY.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 25 December, p. 4. , viewed 12 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article249275458
  4. 1879 'WATERLOO.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 3 November, p. 3. , viewed 08 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232147759
  5. 5.0 5.1 1886 'WATERLOO.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 October, p. 4. , viewed 05 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2108362
  6. 1897 'VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF MINES TO BEAUFORT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 March, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210362865
  7. 1904 'WATERLOO.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 May, p. 6. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210152848
  8. 1885 'MINING INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 August, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203311129
  9. 1880 'MINING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 December, p. 3. , viewed 08 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200653400
  10. 1888 'MINING INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 November, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209451569
  11. WATERLOO. (1886, March 25). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), p. 4. Retrieved January 5, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204429654
  12. 1884 'BEAUFORT ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 04 Oct 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207630888
  13. 1890 'BEAUFORT NOTES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 November, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204140687
  14. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 December, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204319444
  15. 1895 'BEAUFORT LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203767343
  16. 1896 'BEAUFORT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 1. , viewed 11 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207497116
  17. 1899 'BEAUFORT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 September, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216748849
  18. 1902 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 June, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211458532
  19. 1903 'BEAUFORT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 3. , viewed 05 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208359508
  20. 1922 'BEAUFORT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 March, p. 6. , viewed 05 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214919222
  21. 1923 'AVOCA.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 March, p. 13. , viewed 05 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213545505


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