This house is possibly Ballarat’s oldest cottage. Apparently built in 1858, just one year later than Ballarat’s oldest surviving buiding and a few years after the gold rush, it was accommodation for the Surrey Hotel, a timber hotel which originally occupied the corner of Drummond and Mair Street. The cottage measured just 5.5 metres wide and 6.5 metres deep.1 The hotel has long since been demolished and replaced, but this building has remained on the subdivided block. It has been significantly modified from its original form, most recently following its sale in 1992.
- ‘Ballarat’s “ultimate townhouse” to be auctioned‘. The Courier. 17 March, 1992 ↩