Bendigo’s Albert Hotel had a secret escape passage for customers

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The Albert Hotel, McCrea Street, Bendigo, 2017.


Police Make Discovery.

BENDIGO, Thursday – Following a police raid on the Albert Hotel, McCrae-street, on the night of 23rd November, the licensee, Muriel Spalding, was charged in the city court today with having permitted persons to be on the hotel during prohibited hours, and also with having illegally, disposed of liquor. She was fined £1 on the first charge, and the second was dismissed.

Constables gave evidence that although they kicked and knocked at the doors they were not admitted for 10 minutes. Two men, one of whom said he was having a rest, were found hiding under a table, another was found in a wardrobe, and two others were found on the roof.

A secret passage leading from the hotel premises to the Rambler Club was also found, a doorway four feet by two feet having been cut into the back of a lavatory. Five men found on the premises were fined £2.

– Melbourne Age Friday 20 December 1929


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4 replies

  1. Mr Mick Roberts, I am very interested in your Albert Hotel photo as it was commissioned by my grt gt grandfather Jeremiah Heffernan and his brother in 1860s. I am currently working on Shamrock Hotel and all other hotels owned by Heffernans and I would like to publish in this book if i ever finish. Is this picture out of copyright?

    • G’day, Maryty. Thanks for your message. The photo is a Google, Streetview image. I used an app to turn the image into a “sketch”. So I’m not sure how you would go about publishing the image and copyright conditions.

  2. Mick your image is great. My grt grt grandfather Jeremiah Heffernan was one of the original owners. I am publishing a book about all Heffernan Hotels in Sandhurst at that time and I wonder if I could use your sketch and would I only need to acknowledge? Mary Healy

    • Mary, I have no problem for you to use the “sketch”. Just a reminder though, it’s a sketch produced from a Google Streetview. An acknowledgement of the sketch would be great: Image:

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