Hotel:Grace Darling Hotel
114 Smith Street
Hotel ID No
Most Recent Name:
Grace Darling Hotel (1854 to present)
Status of Building:
1920s extensions on the Peel Street frontage.
Heritage Victoria Register:
National Trust Register:
Collingwood Conservation Study 1989 & 1995:
Part C, pp. 574-576
City of Yarra Heritage Review 1998:
Volume 3, Appendix B, individually listed under precinct
City of Yarra Review of Heritage Overlay Areas, 2007 & Heritage Database:
Kearney 1855: Y ; Hodgkinson 1858: Y ; MMBW: Detail Plan 1208, 1899
As one of the few remaining 1850s hotels in Melbourne and one of the earliest surviving buildings in Collingwood, the Grace Darling is of both local and Melbourne-wide significance, providing a striking remnant of the early years of Melbourne's suburban development and an excellent example of an early stone building in Collingwood.
It is also famous as the site of the 1892 meeting associated with the eventual formation of the Collingwood Football Club.
Designed by George Wharton, the first owner and publican was Thomas Risby (from Tasmania). The Risby family owned the property until around 1870. Patrick Coyle, owner of the nearby Albion Hotel, was the publican from 1869 to 1879.
Built of bluestone, the hotel features Tasmanian sandstone door and window surrounds. Sydney Smith, Ogg and Serpell designed the surprisingly sympathetic 1920s extensions.
Its name commemorates the heroine of the wreck of the "Forfarshire" in 1838.