Abbott's Hotel

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Abbott's Hotel
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Town Smythesdale
Opened March, 1858
Known dates 1858-1860

Abbott's Hotel was a hotel at Smythe's Creek (now Smythesdale), Victoria, 1858-1860>.

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The hotel was one of five licensed in the Smythe's Creek district in 1858, however this name was also used for Smythesdale until 1864. A description in 1860 places the hotel in the old main street of Smythesdale:

"...I came to the old street, on which is built Campbell's and Abbott's hotels, the Union Bank and that of Australasia, a barber's shop, two blacksmiths, two shoemakers, one boarding house, two or three stores, a tinsmith's, butcher's and a saddler's..."[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Advertisment for the new Abbott's Hotel, 6 March 1858

The hotel opened in March 1858.[2] The newspapers also carried an advertisement to lease the restaurant at the hotel.[2] It is named for the publican, Henry Abbott.

History[edit | edit source]

In October 1858, Doringo Rosalie was arrested at the hotel, charged with stealing £38 and 16s from a man at Moonlight Gully, near Rokewood.[3]

In November 1858, the hotel was advertising a permanent position for a pianist.[4]

In December 1858 a man was charged with theft from the hotel:

STEALING MONEY - Joseph Hilsey was charged with stealing £3 10s, the property of one Maria Lawson. - Maria Lawson, sworn -I am a domestic servant of Mr Abbott of Smythe's Creek. I remember last Tuesday week, 30th ult. I had £3 10s in a purse in my dress pocket, the one hanging at the back of the kitchen door. About half-past eight I last saw it, then locked the door, put the key in my pocket; about twelve o'clock that evening Mr Abbott wanted the key; nobody had the key from me till I gave it to Mr Abbott. Next morning about half-past six I next saw the purse near the kitchen fire place; there was nothing in it when I found it. On the night previous I had given the prisoner and his wife some drink ; the wife said they had no money; there was a dray brought by them for Mr Abbott to receive some money on, and to keep what they owed out of it. On the morning of the first instant I saw prisoner and his wife coming out of the kitchen. No person had gone in after they went out till I went. By the Bench-I did not see them going into the kitchen at twelve that night. Nobody else did sleep in the kitchen. By prisoner - I did not say to you that I had my purse in my dress, and had lost £3 10s You and your wife had a glass each. It was in the room about twelve o'clock that night before yon went to bed.

Henry Abbott sworn-I am a publican, residing at Smythe's Creek. I remember Tuesday week, 30th ult. Prisoner and his wife were in my house They slept that night in the kitchen. I got the key from the last witness. - Let them in myself and locked the door after them at his request. I did not let anybody else in that night, nor did anyone else. I was awoke the next morning by Mrs Abbott saying there is somebody breaking into the house. When I got up I found the kitchen door open, with the prisoner and his wife inside. I said "That's the way you serve a person after giving you shelter for the night." The day before prisoner bad brought a dray to my place, which he had sold. I was to receive on the delivery £4, and to keep what he owed me out of it. It was 5s 6d. He told me the night before that he had no money. On account of the dray I gave them credit for what I did give. Next morning he called for three glasses of drink and handed a pound note. I gave the change back to him. He then called for other glasses of drink, and tendered another pound note. I wanted him to pay from the former change, but he wanted the change particularly. They left my place on foot, saying they were going to Rokewood. The last witness complained to me for letting anyone into the kitchen with out telling her. Cross-examined by prisoner at great length, the witness getting out of temper, but nothing material was elicited.

Alex. Townley, sworn-I am a mounted constable stationed at Smythe's Creek. From information received yesterday I arrested the prisoner about one o'clock in the afternoon, at Abbott's Hotel. The first witness Maria Dawson preferred a charge against the prisoner of stealing £3, of her property, on the night of 30th ult. Committed to take his trial at the next Circuit Court, at Ballarat.[5]

In April 1859, the entertainers at the hotel announced their departure:

It is stated that Miss Spiden, the Wizard referred to (Professor Rignaldi), and Mrs Norman, pianist, of Abbott's Hotel, will shortly depart en companie for the Back Creek. The artistes referred to are in receipt of "blessings" valedictory, and regrets "thick as leaves in Valambrosa" accompany their departure.[6]

In August 1859, Abbott was charged with breaching licensing laws:

Henry Abbott was charged by the police with keeping his house open on Sunday, the 14th inst, his being a licensed house. Cautioned and dismissed.[7]

The hotel, along with the Morning Star Hotel at Linton, were offered for unreserved public auction by the trustees of the estate of Henry Abbott in March 1860:

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 22nd AND 23rd MARCH HIGHLY IMPORTANT UNRESERVED SALES OF TWO HOTELS SITUATE AT SMYTHESDALE AND LINTON'S, Stock, General Effects, Horses, Drays, Spring Cart, Harness, Cottage Piano, Bagatelle Table, &c. &c. By order of the Trustees in THE Estate of HENRY ABBOTT. W. C . SMITH HAS received instructions from the Trustees in the above estate to sell, on the ground, by public auction, on Thursday next, at one o'clock sharp, That splendid property at Smythesdale, so well known as ABBOTT'S HOTEL, Comprising in all 12 rooms, consisting of Bar, bar parlor, dining room, Concert room with bar, stage, scenery &c., complete. Eight bedrooms and kitchen containing every requisite for the culinary department. Also The whole of the Stock, Household Furniture and Effects, Excellent Cottage Piano, Bagatelle Table, &c. AND THE STABLE, 9 superior horses, 1 well bred sow and eight pigs, Dray and harness, Spring cart and harness, Saddles, bridles, and all stable requisites.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In July 1858 the hotel held an American Independence Day celebration:

THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY. -In commemoration of the above, a supper and a ball was given at Abbott's Hotel on the evening of the 5th. In number and respectability it was one of the best of the kind ever held on the Creek, and every thing past off in a manner worthy of such an occasion.[9]

  • In August 1859 a political meeting was held at the hotel to form a local committee to support Mr. Bailey and Mr. Serjeant.[10]
  • In September 1859, a series of Grand Balls started at the hotel:

GRAND BALLS. - To-night the first of a series of balls and suppers to be held monthly is to take place at Abbott's Hotel, and on Tuesday fortnight, a grand carnival and masked ball will be held at the Black Swan Hotel, Brown's, under the stewardship of Dr Saenger, Mr Kennedy, and other gentlemen at Brown's.[11]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1860 'JOURNEY TO SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 July, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1858 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 March, p. 4, viewed 25 October, 2014,
  3. 1858 'SMYTHE'S CREEK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 October, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  4. 1858 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 1 November, p. 3, viewed 25 October, 2014,
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 1858 'SMYTHE'S CREEK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 December, p. 2, viewed 25 October, 2014,
  6. 1859 'SMYTHE'S CREEK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 April, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  7. 1859 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 August, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jul 2017,
  8. 1860 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 March, p. 3. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  9. 1858 'SMYTHE'S CREEK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 July, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  10. 1859 'THE ELECTIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 August, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  11. 1859 'SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 20 September, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,
  12. 1858 'SMYTHE'S CREEK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 May, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017,

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