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 A public house is an establishment licensed to serve alcohol for on-site consumption. A pub, also known as a tavern, inn or hotel, was more often than not one of the first structures built in any new colony. Victoria’s public houses proliferated during 1850s gold-rush; with establishments tending to incorporate a bar separating patrons from publicans and which initially tended to be male-dominated.

Fyans’ Ford, a shallow river-crossing named after police magistrate Foster Fyans, became important to travellers moving between Geelong and Ballarat during the 1830s and '40s and, as a watering hole, for bullock teams

en-route to or from Victoria’s western district wool market.


Fyansford rapidly became a growing community, one which serviced the needs not only of the travellers but also the settlers who moved into the area beside the confluence of the Moorabool and Barwon Rivers seeking to take advantage of the rich, fertile soil and the reliable water supply; ideally suited for grazing and the growing of crops. It was natural, therefore, that pubs should be among the first buildings in the district.

The Swan Inn was the first public house located within a very short distance of the ford. However, the construction of the 1854 bridge across the Moorabool River, saw an additional two local establishments operating - the Fyansford and Balmoral hotels. The ensuing years saw the rise (and fall) of other similar establishments,

the Small Black Bull Inn, the Fair ViewJunction, and Friend in Hand hotels.


Currently, there are four venues in Fyansford with liquor licences -

Vintage Wooden Beer Or Whiskey

Blogs ~ public houses in & around fyansford

Blog #1 public houses in & around fyansford

Blog #2 Fyanstown Inn

Blog #3 balmoral hotel

Blog #4 fyans' ford hotel

Blog #5 fair view hotel

Blog #6 junction hotel

Blog #7 friend in hand hotel

Blog #8 sMALL bLACK bULL inn

Blog #9 southern star hotel


1843          Fyanstown Inn built on the western banks of the Moorabool River (John Atkins)

1854          Balmoral Inn built east of the Moorabool River and north of the Great Western Road (James Miller)

1854(!)     Friend in Hand Hotel constructions began (T. Brock)

1854-55   Fyans' Ford Hotel  built east of the Moorabool River south of the Great Western Road (C. Dawson)

1855          Fair View Hotel located on the junction of Great Western and Ballarat roads (James Noble)

1869         Junction Hotel located on the junction of Great Western and Ballarat roads

1890         Small Black Bull Inn appears on map (Origin, history and demise unknown) 

1880         Fair View Hotel suffers severe storm damage 

1917         Junction Hotel delicenced - Becomes 'Junction' House' (a private residence)

1980         Junction Hotel demolished (new premises erected on site)

2016         Swan Inn ruins gutted by fire


As well as being a growing rural and industrial hub, Fyansford was an important point through which many travellers en-route to or from Ballarat and the Western District passed. Thus, it was logical that the small enterprising community should endeavour to provide for the needs of the weary traveller, the farmers and factory workers. The number of public ale houses grew, thrived and ceased to exist as needs and opportunities came and went.

Public houses known to have existed at some time:


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regarding Fyansford's public houses

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public houses

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Blog Number One

a public house

Vintage Wooden Beer Or Whiskey

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Blog Number Two

Fyanstown Inn

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Blog Number Three

Balmoral Hotel

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Victorian pewter tankard, quart, circa 1

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Blog Number Five

Fair View Hotel

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Blog Number Six

Junction Hotel

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Victorian pewter tankard, quart, circa 1

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Southern Star Hotel


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This 1857 map (unknown origin)

show a hotel/house on the site.
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