Bentley's Hotel

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Bentley's Hotel
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Town Leigh Creek
Known dates 1868-1877

Bentley's Hotel was a hotel at Leigh Creek, Victoria, <1865-1877>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was at Leigh Creek[1], in 1873 listed as Warrenheip.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In January 1865 the hotel was named during an inquest into the death of John Elmore after an assault. While the official cause of death at the inquest at the White Hart Hotel was pleurisy, the jury returned an open verdict:

John Ganyor, carpenter, deposed that he lived at Bentley's hotel, Warrenheip. He knew the deceased, but could not recognise him by the photograph. On Christmas Day saw him covered with blood near Bentley's, both eyes and one cheek being bleeding. Took him into Bentley's and assisted in washing him. Deceased said, " I got that by some of your countrymen." Saw deceased again before he went to the hospital. After witness washed him be got on his horse and went over to Mungovan's hotel. Witness did not see him again that day, but next day he saw him standing at Bentley's verandah, where he asked for a bottle of sarsparilla which he drank. Did not see him again till the day before he went to the hospital. On the day he went to the hospital witness saw him, and be said he was very sore inwardly. Before going to Mr Clarke's, deceased was a hard drinking man, but as far as witness could learn, he has been very temperate since he has been at Clarke's. He was stupidly drunk when he came to Bentley's and was being washed. After being washed he got on his horse and rode steadily to Mungovan's, half an hour or three-quarters after the washing.[3]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In August 1868 candidates for the Bungaree Roads Board held a public meeting at the hotel.[1]
  • In April 1869, tender documents for works by the Bungaree Road District Board could be inspected at the hotel.[4]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • From at least December 1873 to December 1877 the publican was S. J. Bentley.[2][5]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 August, p. 3, viewed 24 December, 2015,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 09 Jun 2017,
  3. 1866 'ENQUIRY AS TO THE DEATH OF JOHN ELMORE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 January, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jan 2020,
  4. 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 April, p. 3. , viewed 30 Nov 2017,
  5. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Feb 2017,

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