Shakespeare Hotel

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The Shakespeare Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1858-1862>.




In 1858 the publican of the hotel, T. B. Smith, was sued by a musical performer, Emma Francis Castine, for breach of contract.

Emma Frances Castine v T. B. Smith, £12, labor. This was a summons for professional services as a singer at the Shakespeare Hotel. Mr Walsh, for plaintiff, said she had been refused by defendant's wife permission to continue her services as per contract, and hence the suit for balance. Plaintiff said she had been compelled frequently to leave the house because of the drunken, and abusive, and violent behaviour of defendant's wife. Defendant's wife struck her, threw her clothes on the floor, and then they were thrown out of window, "which she lost a pair of bracelets and other things in consequence." Defendant said there was no agreement, except a verbal one for one week, which plaintiff had broken. The agreement was for £5 per week, and £1 extra to board out. A Mr Trevor, called by defendant, said plaintiff and defendant's wife had divers disagreements, and the agreement had been broken by plaintiff, who subsequently returned, but, owing to another disagreement, went again. She also left the stage in a passion and the middle of a song, and he found her in the greenroom, tearing her dress from her back, and refusing to speak to him. Plaintiff had no balance due to her, as she had gone away in the middle of the week. Plaintiff to this replied that defendant's wife had ordered her away. Defendant rejoined that plaintiff had left the house in a lurch, and he ought to have sued instead of being sued. Mrs Smith was then sent for, and another case being called on in the meantime, defendant disappeared, and on returning accused Mr Sturt, clerk to Mr Walsh, of "conniving with the servant girl, and poisoning her mind." Mr Sturt indigdenied, saying he had only gone to enquire what the witness could prove in the case. Defendant said he saw it and heard it a moment before. Mr Walsh said his clerk had a right to go to speak to his client or her witnesses. The magistrate said the court could not be kept waiting for absent witnesses, and gave judgement for £6. Defendant asked if he could appeal, and said he would engage Mr Lewis in the case; but the bench told him the case was ended.[1]


The Shakepeare Hotel was in Main Road.[2]


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  • In 1858 the publican was T. B. Smith.[1]
  • In August 1862 the publican was named Blomely.[2]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 December, p. 4, viewed 25 October, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1862 'LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 August, p. 4, viewed 29 October, 2015,

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