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Timelapse Building Images
Detail of 1950’s aerial photo of North Melbourne.
State Library of Victoria.
1. 1895 MMBW map showing the location of the Laurel Hotel on the corner of Wood and Dryburgh Street North Melbourne.
2. Compiled Crown Record Plan showing Mr J. Huggins as the first crown land purchaser.
Subsequent Building Alterations
Heritage Significance and Listings
|Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes|
1897. FIRE.-About 1.48 p.m. on Wednesday, a fire broke out in a three-roomed weatherboard cottage in Wood-street, near the Laurel Hotel. The property, which was an old one, burnt quickly, and was soon pretty well gutted. It was rented by a man named Chas. English, who occupied one room, and let the other two. He was absent at the time of the outbreak, which his son says was caused by a kerosene lamp upsetting.
The small quantity of furniture burnt was covered by insurance. it-is not known how the house stands in this respect. The North Melbourne branch of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, under Superintendent Mason, and firemen from other stations were quickly in attendance, and prevented further damage by the fire.
North Melbourne Courier
1881. FIRE AT HOTHAM-HILL,
At half-past 11 o’clock on Saturday morning a fire occurred at the Laurel Hotel, occupied by Mr. George Clayton, at the corner of Dryburgh and Wood streets, Hotham-hill, resulting in tho almost total destruction of the hotel premises and an adjoining three roomed weatherboard cottage, occupied by John Gallagher. The hotel premises were composed of a two story front brick building, with five weatherboard rooms at the back, which were used as a parlour, sleeping apartments, and kitchen. Mrs. Clayton was engaged cooking the dinner in the kitchen, and during her temporary absence the strong wind which was blowing scattered some sparks from the fireplace, and caused the light inflammable structure to ignite. The whole building was quickly in flames, and although the Hotham, Carlton, Albion, and Insurance brigades were promptly in attendance, they were unable to do more than save the brick portion of the place from destruction. A difficulty was experienced in the water supply, the pressure being very light, and the brigades were in consequence prevented from bringing the whole of their available resources into active service. The five weather-board rooms and the adjoining cottage were completely destroyed, and the hotel was damaged to some extent. The hotel, furniture, and effects were covered by insurance in the Australia Felix office, and the cottage was insured m the National office for £150.
A special meeting of the Hotham-hill Club will be held this evening, at Clayton’s Laurel Hotel, Hotham-hill.
If you know more about any earlier families who had a direct connection to the previous Victoria era hotel that was on this site in the past, we encourage you to contact us and share their stories and old photos today.
Context and Streetscape