From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
James Gardiner was a publican in the Ballarat district.
James Gardiner was the publican of the Commercial Hotel at Kingston. In 1897 he was found dead beside the Kingston to Blampied road.
AN HOTELKEEPER KILLED, ALLENDALE, Wednesday. At an early hour this morning three waggoners passing along the road leading from Blampied to Kingston found the dead body of a man lying on the roadside. Upon examination it was found to be Mr. James Gardiner, proprietor and licensee of the Commercial Hotel, Kingston. Information was conveyed to Constable Robinson, and upon inquiry it was found that the deceased left his home on horseback during the afternoon to transact some business at Blampied. He left the Swiss Mountain Hotel at 9 o'clock to return home, and was not seen alive again. During this forenoon his horse was found grazing about a mile from where deceased was discovered, and chocolate soil was visible on its knees and on the saddle, showing that it had fallen and thrown its rider. The night was very dark. Deceased appears to have been killed instantly, as there were no marks of struggling. An inquest was held during the afternoon, when a verdict of accidental death was returned.
- ↑ 1897 'AN HOTELKEEPER KILLED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 29 April, p. 6, viewed 27 February, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9149843