Standing on the north - east corner of Russell and Flinders street Melbourne since 1850, The Duke of Wellington Hotel could well be the oldest hotel in the central city. Builder Timothy Lane originally constructed it as his house, but apparently changed his mind and attempted to have it licensed. The 14 room, two storey brick building was used as a boarding house until Richard Dalton obtained a licence in 1853.
Duke of Wellington Melbourne 1964
Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and one of England’s greatest military leaders, served as Prime Minister from 22 January 1828 to 16 November 1830 and again from 17 November to 9 December 1834. The third son (the fourth child of six) born to Garrett Wesley, first Earl of Mornington and Anne Hill, the man later known as “the Iron Duke” was born in Dublin on 1 May 1769.