Bellevue Hotel (Newlyn)

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Belle Vue Hotel
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Town Forest Hill, later known as Newlyn
Known dates 1864-1887

The Bellevue Hotel (also Belle Vue Hotel) was a hotel in Newlyn, Victoria, <1864-1887>.

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The hotel was described in 1864 as being on the Daylesford Road at Forest Hill, in the Creswick Licensing District.[1] Forest Hill is a large hill between Springmount and Newlyn. The hotel is shown on the 1880 Creswick Goldfields map as being west of the Newlyn Primary School, on the Daylesford Road, on the western edge of Newlyn.[2] The hotel was described as being in Newlyn in 1886.[3]

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The hotel was described in the June 1864 license application:

JAMES PASCOE, Publican, house at Forest Hill, Daylesford road, owned by applicant; three sitting rooms, six bedrooms; now licensed; sign, Belle Vue Hotel.[1]

In January 1866 it was reported that there had been a riot at the hotel and the publican murdered:

We have already had to report the excesses and criminalities of overpaid, unmanageable, drunken, ruffianly, and too often vindictive harvest laborers in the Learmonth district, but a grosser case than any yet recorded has just occurred in the Creswick quarter. Full particulars will no doubt reach us in due time through the agency of police investigation; meanwhile we place before our readers the rough outline which we have received by telegraph through the agency of our local correspondent, It seems that on the afternoon of Tuesday, 16th January, great excitement was caused in Creswick by a report that Mr Pascoe, farmer, and landlord of the Bellevue hotel, had been murdered by a mob of infuriated harvestmen. The sergeant of police stationed at Creswick, with a file of constables, immediately set forth to the locality for the purpose of obtaining information on the subject and performing their functions should that be requisite. On their arrival at the hotel they found that though Mr Pascoe had not been absolutely killed, he had been injured about the head and face, in his endeavors to resist the violence of the mob, and to preserve his property, upon which they had laid destructive hands. On making enquiries, the sergeant discovered that a serious row had taken place in the hotel, through a lot of the harvestmen employed on Mr Pascoe's and neighboring farms having been refused drink. Urged to this violent course through irritation or inebriety, or probably both, the men broke into fragments everything they could lay their hands on, or could in any way reach. As we have said, Mr Pascoe suffered severely, but not dangerously, in the affray; and it is a source of satisfaction that he was able to point out to the police at least three of the men who had made themselves most prominent in the outrage. These men were secured by the officers and brought by them into Creswick. The harvest is now nearly over, and the agricultural district will probably not much longer be troubled with the graceless vagabonds which at this season lord-it so successfully over the employer of their generally unsatisfactory services. But it is to be hoped that the bench will, by the character of the punishment indicted on the culprits, show its abhorrence of such unlicensed conduct at a period and under circumstances when such large interests are at stake.[4]

In June 1868 an ill man was found in a hut near the hotel:

A man who gave his name as James Milrick was found in a hut belonging to Mr May, Newlyn, on Thursday, 4th June, and subsequently conveyed by the police to the Creswick District Hospital. Milrick, who seems to be suffering from colonial fever, and is too weak to be able to give any account of himself, was found, when searched, to have in his possession two bank deposit receipts, one for £22, the other for £18, besides 8 in notes and some silver. It is said that he has been living in the hut where he was found for several days, and that he subsisted on bread and butter (some of which was found in the hut) which he procured from the Bellevue hotel, which was a short distance from the hut.[5]

The hotel was robbed in September 1868:

A burglarious entry was effected on the night of Wednesday, 10th September, into the store of Mr. A. Hay, of the Belle Vue Hotel, Newlyn, by boring into one of the panels of the front door with a brace and bit, and then cutting out the intervening space with a knife. Clothing, boots, tobacco, and cigars, to the value of £150, were stolen. The robbery is supposed to have been committed by Chinese.[6]

The hotel was described in the newspaper in June 1883:

Next is a public house, the landlord of which is Mr Prendergast; he seems to do a fair business. This is the old Bellvue Hotel, which Arch. Hay used to keep. It has a large farm attached to it.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

  • Local residents, March 1887, a meeting to complain about the approaches to the railway station, and form a committee to take action.[8]

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • Local farmers met in April 1865 to discuss how mining on their lands should be managed.[9]
  • Newlyn Gold Mining Company, May 1865, meeting to discuss lease prior to signing the deeds.[10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 03 Nov 2016,
  2. Creswick Goldfield 1880, Energy and Earth Resources, Victorian Government,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jun 2016,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1866 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 January, p. 2. , viewed 23 Sep 2018,
  5. 1868 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 June, p. 2. , viewed 24 Sep 2018,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1868 'SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1868.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 September, p. 4. , viewed 13 Feb 2022,
  7. 7.0 7.1 1883 'A TRIP FROM KINGSTON THROUGH BULLAROOK VILLAGE AND THE VALLEY OF NEWLYN.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 4. , viewed 13 Feb 2022,
  8. 1887 'CUESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 March, p. 4. , viewed 13 Feb 2022,
  9. 1865 'BLANKET FLAT AND DAYLESFORD MINING REPORT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 April, p. 3. , viewed 13 Feb 2022,
  10. 1865 'MINING INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 May, p. 2. , viewed 13 Feb 2022,
  11. 1871 'EASTERN COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 March, p. 3. , viewed 13 Feb 2022,

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