Broomfield Hotel

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Broomfield Hotel
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Town Broomfield
Known dates 1890-1907
Other names Broomfield Gully Hotel
Demolished 23 October 1913

The Broomfield Hotel was a hotel at Broomfield, Victoria, <1890-1907>.

Background[edit | edit source]

It was known earlier as the Broomfield Gully Hotel which existed in 1886.[1] It was known again as the Broomfield Gully Hotel when the owner, Emma Spargo, took over the license again in 1907.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Broomfield Hotel was at Broomfield. In 1903 Graig and party were mining the old Carter Lead opposite the hotel.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In 1907 the publican, George Harry, walked out, taking the furniture with him, and refusing to transfer the license. The owner, Mrs. Emma Spargo, was forced to apply for a special license in order to keep the hotel open:

A peculiar dispute arose regarding the transfer of the license of the Broomfield Hotel from Geo. Harry to E. Spargo, the owner. From the evidence tendered it appeared that Harry, who had seven years lease of the hotel, suddenly left the house, and took all the furniture. When approached by Mr Drew, the hotel broker, who was acting for Mrs Spargo, to transfer the license Harry asked for £150 compensation. This was declined, and on the following day Drew again approached Harry to sign the transfer, but he declined only, however, asking for £4O compensation on this occasion. At a later stage Harry made a considerable reduction in his request, which they (the applicants) declined to give. Mrs Spargo said that Harry had taken all the furniture away, including some of her own property. He had deserted, the premises and in consequence of such she had to take possession. The bench agreed to grant Mrs Spargo a special, certificate, issued under the seal of the court.[3]

The hotel was destroyed by fire on 23 October 1913:

ALLENDALE. — Spargo's Broomfield Gully Hotel, containing 11 rooms, was, with its contents, totally destroyed by fire about 1.30 a.m. on Thursday. Miss E. Spargo, the licensee, was awakened by a crackling noise. She found one of the rooms enveloped in flames, and she barely bad time to escape. Nothing whatever was saved. The premises and furniture were insured.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In August 1890 the publican was George Fletcher.[5]
  • In February 1899 E. A. Dooley applied to transfer his license to Jane Baldwin. The owner objected to the transfer.[6]
  • In December 1907 the license was transferred from George Harry to E. Spargo.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 31 May 2016,
  2. 1903 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 1 September, p. 8, viewed 13 October, 2014,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1907 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 December, p. 6. , viewed 24 Dec 2016,
  4. 1913 'FIRES.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 24 October, p. 11. , viewed 25 Dec 2016,
  5. 1890 'ALLENDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 August, p. 2. , viewed 24 Dec 2016,
  6. 1899 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 February, p. 1. , viewed 24 Dec 2016,

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