As researched through various publications and sources the approximate history of the hotel and its owners and licensees is as follows.
1878 the licence transferred to Ellen Laundry – we presume the wife of William and the building was sold to Thos. Hewson.
1880 – Michael O’Brien as publican
1883 – Joseph Jackson as publican
1884 – John T. Donnelly as publican
1886 – E. G. Saunders as publican
1887-1897 – Fisher Battye publican until his death – building owned by T. Hewson until 1891 when purchased by Fisher Battye
1898-1904 – Mary Jane Battye as publican and building owner
As a point of interest there are still descendants of the Battye family around Ararat to the current day.
1905 – Thomas Heenan publican with M.J.Battye as the building owner
1910 – Catherine Phelan as licensee with M.J.Battye still as building owner
Newspaper clippings from The Ararat Advertiser of Saturday February 28th 1914 explain the building as a single storey brick building with a frontage of 53 feet and a depth of 42 ½ feet consisting of 10 rooms of which 3 were available as bedrooms to the public. At this stage it was said that the hotel was very well conducted and frequented by the working class and farmers. There was said to be a large yard and good stabling.
1919 – Charlotte Waters as licensee with M.J.Battye still as building owner
1920 – Marcus A. Sharpley as licensee
1922 – James William O’Malley as licensee
1923 – Lawrence (Larry) Cashin as licensee with Estate of M.J.Battye (Mr. Walter Deans as executor) still the owner of the building
At approximately this time (probably late 1924 or early 1925) the hotel was destroyed by fire. The hotel was rebuilt which forms the basis of the hotel today. At this time there was a laneway running down the west side of the hotel where the Cobb & Co coaches delivered guests and were stabled in the backyard. The original brick garage from this era was demolished after part of it blew down in approximately 2008.
The hotel freehold was sold to Ballarat Brewery Co. with Larry Cashin as licensee until approximately 1957/1958 when Lawrence Cashin Snr, Bridget Cashin and Laurence Cashin Jnr. (Lonny) purchased the freehold from the brewery.