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Young and Jackson Hotel

The Young and Jackson Hotel, built in the 1850s, is one of Australia's most well known hotels. It was built, as the Princes Bridge Hotel, on part of an allotment originally purchased by John Batman in 1837.

Young and Jackson were both born in Dublin, and "chummed together" to New Zealand chasing the Otago gold deposits in 1861. It is not known when they came to Victoria, but they purchased the lease on the Princes Bridge Hotel in 1875.

The Young and Jackson Hotel, not withstanding its position on Melbourne's most prominent intersection, is best known for the infamous Chloe painting, painted by Jules Lefebvre in 1875, which received the gold medal at the Great International Exhibition in Melbourne in 1881. The painting caused an uproar when, as recorded by letters published in the Argus, the National Gallery exhibited the painting on Sundays. The Young and Jackson Hotel purchased Chloe in 1908, hanging the painting in the saloon bar.

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