Daylesford Hotel

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The Daylesford Hotel was originally built in the early 1850s and was one of Daylesford’s first licensed establishments and still remains as one of Daylesford’s Landmark buildings.[1]

The present building was rebuilt in 1913 by the Tognini family and today the hotel retains many of its 1900’s features.





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Flora Jenkins sought by an action in the Supreme Court, before the Chief Justice, fo-day to cancel a contract entered into with Margaret Thorpe for the purchase of the furniture, fixtures and stockin trade and good-will of the Daylesford Hotel and Coffee Palace, for £1100. According to the case for the plaintiff, she agreed to purchase the fixtures, stock-in-trade and good-will of the lease of the hotel for ten years at a monthly rental of £29. The agreement which she entered in to was altered in material respects by T. H. Parker, without the authority or con sent of the plaintiff. The alteration included making the rental £9 5s per week, instead of £29 per month, providing that the plaintiff's cheque for £200 was receiv ed as part payment of the purchase. There were other alterations which, according to plaintiff's view, vitiated the agreement. The plaintiff alleged, that she had paid two cheques of £300 under the agreement, that the defendant had assigned all her rights under the agreement to Joseph Lanfranchi, the owner of the freehold and consequently she was not in a position to carry it out. She claimed as against Mrs Thorpe - and Lanfranchi the cancellation of the agreement and return of the money which she had paid. Mrs. Thorpe pleaded that she was always ready and willing to carry out the agreement, and to accept the plaintiff, but she refused to carry out the agreement and enter into possession, and the money paid by the plaintiff was consequently forfeited. She said that if she signed an agreement in which the, rent was set out as £29 per month she did so by mistake, and that the plaintiff agreed to a substituted contract. The case stands part heard. Mr. Hayes appeared for the plaintiff, and. Mr. Bryant and Mr Hotchin for the defendants.[2]

General regret was felt on Tuesday when it became known that Mr Jas. Tognini had died. The deceased had not enjoyed good health for some time, but had only been confined to bed for a comparatively short period. He was 65 years of age, and his late father kept in the very early days the Louis Hotel at Eganstown, then better known as Blanket Flat, and old land mark that still stands, but delicensed. In later years the deceased followed the occupation of a miner, and subsequently entered into business as a hotelkeeper in Daylesford. He carried on Tognini's Hotel for many years, subsequently transferring (the business to his son John, and later rebuilding and erecting the fine property known as the Daylesford Hotel. The deceased also conducted successfully other businesses in the town prior to purchasing a hotel at Footscray, which he carried on until about 18 months ago. On transferring this to his son Charles he retired into private life. The deceased had one son killed in the Great War, and Charles was also on active service. He owned considerable property in Daylesford, and was always generous to charitable, patriotic and other deserving objects. He leaves a widow and grown-up family to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Thursday, and was a very lengthy cortege, showing the respect in which the deceased was held. The funeral service at the Daylesford Cemetery was conducted by the Rev. Father Murray. [3]


See also

Joseph Lanfranchi

Charles Tognini

James Tognini



  1., accessed 06 July 2019.
  2. Bendigo Independant, 22 July 1909.
  3. Ballarat Star, 27 August 1918.

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