Buninyong Inn

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Town Buninyong
Opened 1842
Known dates 1842-1847

The Buninyong Inn was a hotel in Buninyong, Victoria, <1846-1847>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The inn was in Buninyong.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

John Veitch opened the first hotel in Buninyong, the Buninyong Inn, in 1842.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The inn was the first building at Buninyong, erected in 1842:

The first house built on this site was the Buninyong Inn, erected in 1842, by Mr. John Veitch.[3]

In November 1846 a drunken argument at the hotel led to a hotel employee being murdered:

MURDER— Police Office, Geelong, Monday, the 23rd day of November, 1846,— Jeremiah Connell, charged with the wilful murder of Edward Martin, at the Buninyong Inn, on Monday, the 16th instant, was brought up this morning. John Veitch, having been sworn, deposed— I am landlord of the Buninyong Inn. On Monday, the 16th instant, at twelve o'clock, a.m., the prisoner, in company with a young man named Cameron, came to my house, where he remained till four in the afternoon, during which time he was drinking a little, but did not appear to be intoxicated. About three o'clock I heard him arguing at the bar with some one on the subjects of religion and King William, and it appeared that the prisoner was impressed with the belief that the man was an orangeman ; I heard him make use of the expression that "he never would be satisfied till he had the blood of an orangeman on his soul;" shortly afterwards, the prisoner was scuffling outside the bar with the young man Cameron, when both fell, and the prisoner struck the other when on the ground ; deceased happened to pass as they both got up, and on hearing the prisoner shouting "I am a papist," made the remark to him, "if you are a papist, you must be a very cowardly one to strike a boy when down." This was about four, p.m ; Connell had then a glass of brandy, after which no more liquor was drawn for either of the parties; from that time I did not see the prisoner till about eight o'clock, when, hearing a rush to the kitchen, I followed, and saw Martin on the ground bleeding; Connell was then secured, but afterwards made his escape By the bench— When the prisoner was scuffling with Cameron he had no weapon in his hand ; Edward Martin, the deceased, was a servant of mine; I saw a wound on the back part of his head ; he died about eight o'clock on the morning after receiving it; the poker now produced is my property, and was delivered by me to the policeman; it was handed to me immediately after the perpetration of the murder, as the instrument by which it had been done.

John Ewing, sworn, deposed— I am a carrier ; Edward Martin, the deceased, and I were on a visit, and came down to the Buninyong Inn about eight o'clock on the night of the 16th inst.; on going in he sat down to read a newspaper, his elbows on the table and his hands on his head; the prisoner then came in and struck him on the head with a poker, from the effect of which he was falling back when I caught him in my arms; the prisoner then again came forward, struck him a second blow on the head, and rushed to the door to make his escape ; I remained with the deceased; the poker now produced is the one with which prisoner struck the blow. By the Bench— After the deceased received the second blow, I laid him down and asked him if he was much hurt ; he only said, "John, I'm dead ;" the wounds were on the back of the head ; shortly afterwards I went to Messrs. T. and S. Learmonth's, and saw the prisoner there; I mentioned what had happened, and Mr. Learmonth assisted me to secure him ; I saw Martin after he was dead. Robert Cameron sworn, deposed — I am a splitter and know the prisoner; we left Mr. Yuile's station in company, having previously worked together one day ; we arrived at the Buninyong Inn on Monday, the 16th ; we saw deceased there ; some time after arriving, the prisoner got quarrelsome; he went outside the door, saying he was a Papist, that all in the place were b---y Orangemen, and challenging any one to fight him ; immediately after I went out and had a round with him, but were parted; about three hours afterwards he called me out of the kitchen and struck me on the head with something heavy causing me to stagger a few yards, fall, and remain insensible for, perhaps, five minutes ; I did not see the prisoner again until the following morning ; I saw the deceased immediately after he got the blow ; he was then in bed and attended by Dr. Power ; I saw Martin after he was dead.

Dr Power, sworn, deposed — I am a medical practitioner at Buninyong ; between eight and nine o clock on the evening of the 16th instant. I was sent for to see the deceased at Mr Veitch's house ; be was then in bed, and complained of a violent pain in his head ; on examination I found two wounds on the back part of his head, each about two inches long, and penetrating to the skull; the only words he made use of were— "Oh my head, my poor head. Doctor;" I bled his arm, which relieved him slightly ; but in the course of an hour he became delirious, and exhibited all the symptoms of concussion of the brain ; caused, I should say, by the violence with which the two wounds find been inflicted; he was unable to swallow any medicine, and died between the hours of eight and nine on the following morning; l am of opinion that the poker now produced is the instrument by which the injuries on the head of deceased were caused— that it was one of its angles that came in contact with the head and produced the wounds. Trooper William Hines deposed to having arrested the prisoner and brought him to Geelong; bringing also the cap which deceased wore when murdered, and the poker alluded to in the evidence The prisoner was fully committed to take his trial for the murder at the next Criminal Sessions.[1]

In April 1847 the inn was the venue for a sale of 350 merino sheep, bred by Captain Coghill of Braidwood.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In 1842, John Veitch was publican of the inn.[2]
  • In November 1846 the publican John Veitch was a witness to a murder in his hotel.[1]
  • In April 1847, John Veitch had his license renewed.[5] He had left the hotel and opened a store next door in October 1847.[6]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1846 'Local Intelligence.', The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Vic. : 1845 - 1848), 26 November, p. 2. , viewed 11 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226350812
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thorpe, M.W. & Akers,Mary, An Illustrated History of Buninyong, Buninyong & Distict Historical Society, 1982.
  3. 1851 'BUNINYONG.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1847 - 1851), 29 August, p. 2. (DAILY and MORNING), viewed 15 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91919989
  4. 1847 'Advertising', Port Phillip Gazette and Settler's Journal (Vic. : 1845 - 1850), 7 April, p. 3. , viewed 11 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223150444
  5. 1847 'Domestic Intelligence.', The Melbourne Argus (Vic. : 1846 - 1848), 23 April, p. 3. , viewed 11 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4761439
  6. 1847 'Advertising', Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate (Vic. : 1845 - 1847), 26 October, p. 2. (EVENING), viewed 15 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article94446278

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