Victoria Hotel, Geelong

victoria hotel Geelong

Victoria Hotel, corner of Moorabool and Malop Streets Geelong. Undated.

Sucked Beer Through Garden Hose

MELBOURNE, Tuesday. – The story of the disappearance of a nine-gallon barrel of beer from the Victoria Hotel, Geelong, on May 5, and the subsequent discovery of five men seated round the barrel sucking the beer through a garden hose was told in Geelong City Court today. Two men were each fined £10, in default one month’s imprisonment, for larceny.

– News (Adelaide, SA) Tuesday 10 May 1938.

Victoria Hotel Geelong 1857 State LIbrary of Victoria

The Victoria Hotel, Geelong, 1857. Picture: State Library of Victoria

The Victoria Family and Commercial Hotel opened at the corner of Moorabool and Malop Streets Geelong as early as 1846, and remained a landmark watering hole for more than a century before the Commonwealth Bank purchased its freehold in 1951.

Victoria Hotel Geelong C1890 State LIbrary of Victoria

The Victoria Hotel, Geelong, C1890. Picture: State Library of Victoria

The hotel was bought by Geelong businessman, William F. Volum in about 1907, and leased to Mr M. Rintal. Rintal purchased the freehold of the hotel from Volum in 1910, and virtually rebuilt the historic watering hole in 1912.

Sadly the pub was demolished to make way for a bank. Today the Geelong Bank trades from the corner. 

Site of former Victoria Hotel Geelong Google Streetview

The site of the Victoria Hotel, Geelong is now the Bendigo Bank, The former “Market Square” site can be seen on the opposite corner. Picture: Google Streetview

Can anyone tell us more about the Victoria Hotel?

Victoria Hotel, Geelong

Early publicans 

1859 – 1862: John Glasson

1862 – 1863: William James Holding

1863 – 1867: Joseph Lewis Victoria Hotel

1867 – 1872: William Ryan Gosling

1872 – 1878: William Sommers


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