Tam O'Shanter Hotel

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The Tam O'Shanter Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1857-1920.

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Background

History

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[1] The hotel was sold in November 1920 for £600, one of six de-licensed hotels owned by the Ballarat Brewing Company.[2]

Site

The Tam O'Shanter Hotel was in Creswick Road.[3] It is now the site of 'Aldi' in Creswick Road.[4]

In 1862 there were complaints about the drains in the area:

A correspondent requests us to call the attention of the Western Council to certain drains on the Creswick Road, between Watson's Foundry and the Tam o'Shanter Hotel, which are choked up and thus cause some inconvenience. Our correspondent states that a man was employed about a week ago to clear out these drains, but he left just before he got to the worst place.[5]

Innovations

Community Involvement

In December 1857 the hotel was the venue for the inquest into the death of Alexander Castles Kay.[6]

In April 1858 a woman who had stolen a saddle at Castlemaine was arrested near the hotel after the police were notified by telegraph.[7]

In February 1863, a customer's body was found in the Swamp (Lake Wendouree):

SUPPOSED MURDER AT Ballarat.-The Star of yesterday reports that the body of a man who had evidently been murdered, had been found by some children in one of the stone quarries in the Swamp. The deceased is about 5 feet 10 inches in height, stoutly made, about 20 or 30 years of age, and has sandy whiskers and dark hair. A photograph of deceased was taken on Sunday morning. He was identified on the same evening as a wood-splitter, known as Big Davy. On Tuesday night deceased and mate were drinking freely at the Tam O'Shanter Hotel, both having money. Deceased had not been seen alive since they left the hotel. No property of any description was found on the body. An inquest was to be held yesterday morning.[8]

In March 1863 a man was charged with breaking the hotel's windows:

A ROWDY.-Thomas Little was charged with smashing the windows of the Tam o'Shanter Hotel, and also with using obscene language. The prosecutor declined to press the first charge, and the police proved the second, whereupon the Bench fined the accused 20s, or 21 hours in gaol[9]

In 1884 the publican charged Sergeant O'Neill for assault, but the case was dismissed.[10]

Works Produced

Workplace Relations

The People

Legacies

Other

There were also other Tam O'Shanter Hotels in North Melbourne[14], Specimen Gully[15] and Launceston.[16]


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Notes


References

  1. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  2. 1920 'DELICENSED HOTELS SOLD.', The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), 26 November, p. 8, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73179930
  3. 3.0 3.1 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72514938
  4. Email from Mike Nicholls (McKissock descendant) to Clare Gervasoni, 01 May 2015.
  5. 1862 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 10 June, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324705
  6. 1857 'Local and General news.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 December, p. 3, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045437
  7. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 April, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66047446
  8. 1863 'SUPPOSED MURDER', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 24 February, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87934614
  9. 1863 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 March, p. 3, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72555781
  10. 1884 'MULTUM IN PARVO.', Traralgon Record and Morwell, Mirboo,Toongabbie, Heyfield,Tyers and Callignee Advertiser (Traralgon, Vic. : 1883 - 1886), 29 February, p. 3 Edition: morning., viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71544685
  11. 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324917
  12. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 10 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  13. 1899 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 March, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215321289
  14. 1896 'CONVALESCENT.', North Melbourne Courier and West Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1895 - 1913), 24 July, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103233351
  15. 1874 'A Strange Death.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette (Darwin, NT : 1873 - 1927), 21 November, p. 4, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3143497
  16. 1890 'LAUNCESTON.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 17 September, p. 1 Supplement: The Mercury Supplement, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12704095


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