History


A history with popular sport

From the start, hotel BARKLY’s heritage has been tied in with popular sport. Originally established as Hare and Hounds by Martin Fitzgerald in 1853, it took its name from hare coursing. It was the first St. Kilda hotel to depict a painting of this fashionable pastime.



An era of drama and intrigue

With the creation of The St Kilda courthouse and town hall on the corner of Grey Street and Barkly Street in 1860, a name change was inevitable once new licensee JB Keller took over in 1861.

Post-war saw The Court House Hotel find its feet again after a decline with a lot of help from a gang of colourful characters, the most notable being Dulcie “Pretty Dulcie” Markham, a Sydney prostitute who moved to Melbourne and had close ties with The Razor Gang. Known as the “Angel of Death”, Pretty Dulcie and her cohorts ensured that The Court House developed its own nickname of the “Blood House”.



Welcoming the heir to the throne

In December 1948, Licensee Laurie Walsh was granted permission to rename the venue the Prince Charles Hotel in honour of the birth of the new Prince of Wales. It was the first venue in Australia to be granted this name change.



A St. Kilda music haven

In its most recent past, hotel BARKLY had another name change to become the St. Kilda Inn. Locals and visitors to the neighborhood would flock to enjoy the live music scene it created.


**Our thanks to the Emerald Hill Heritage Centre, the St. Kilda Heritage Society, and the use of images and information collated from the State Library of Victoria archives.


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