Cardigan Hotel

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Cardigan Hotel
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Town Cardigan
Known dates 1862-1875
Other names aka Cardigan Arms and Cardigan Inn

The Cardigan Hotel was at Cardigan, Victoria, <1862-1875>.

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The Cardigan Hotel was at Cardigan.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was referred to as both the Cardigan Inn and the Cardigan Arms in the same newspaper report.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was described in the June 1864 license application:

PATRICK WALSH, of Bunker's Hill, in the Shire of Grenville.-Wooden building, containing six rooms, and to be known as the Cardigan Hotel.[3]

In July 1868 the publican was stabbed during an argument with one of his employees:

STABBING.—Louis Bougueilealm was charged with having, on 28th June, stabbed Patrick Walshe, in his hotel, at Cardigan. Inspector Beaver prosecuted. Patrick Walshe deposed he was a farmer and hotelkeeper, residing at Cardigan. Had known the prisoner since 2nd April last. He had been in his employment, grubbing from that date to 28th May. Remembered seeing him on the evening of 28th June. Saw the prisoner passing the house between four and five o'clock. He returned and entered the house; he was by himself. He (witness) was behind the bar at the time. Two men, named Fitzgerald and Giddey, were present. The prisoner said he (witness) was a bloody rogue, and that he had not paid him his wages. He replied that he had overpaid him, and at the same time told him. to clear out of his place, and that he had been telling lies. The prisoner refused to go, and witness came from behind the bar to make him leave. He backed towards the door, keeping him at bay with his left hand, and his right hand behind his back. When he got the prisoner to the door he was about to push him out, placing his right. hand on the door. The prisoner struck his (witness') left hand up, and stabbed him between the navel and the left hip. Did not put a hand on him or use any violence to wards him. Did not know what became of the prisoner after that. The clothes worn by witness at the time of the assault were produced, and the holes where the knife had penetrated exhibited. Since that he had been under Surgeon Bunce's care. Saw the prisoner next about ten o'clock the same night in the custody of the police. Saw the knife coming out of his abdomen after having received the wound, in the hand of the prisoner. The prisoner was sober, and had taken nothing at his hotel that day.

Martin Giddey, a farmer, residing at Haddon, corroborated the evidence generally of the previous witness. He saw a pocket-knife in his right hand under the skirt of his coat. Some dispute arose about the payment of wages, and in the effort of Mr Walshe to put him out the prisoner stabbed him with the knife. The witness subsequently had some conversation with the prisoner, who stated if Walshe were not killed he would stab him again; and that before two days time he would turn out as bad as Morgan the bush ranger. Witness said to him if he said that again he would hit him. At this the prisoner came towards him with a knife in his hand, and said he would stick him also. Upon this the witness struck his horse and galloped off. After having stabbed Walshe, Mrs Walshe ran out after prisoner with a pick. The witness and another man followed the prisoner some distance from the hotel, but he came to a heap of stones and began to pelt them, so they gave up the pursuit.

Surgeon Bunce deposed to having on 28th June been sent for to see Patk. Walshe, who was said to have been dangerously stabbed. Saw him about nine o'clock in the evening. He was sitting in a chair with his clothes covered with blood. The trousers, shirt, and flannel had an opening in front, each corresponding with the other, and had been caused by a sharp-cutting instrument, and were surrounded with blood. On removing his clothes and a bandage, which was also saturated with blood, he found a recently inflicted wound of about two inches in length, nearly straight, distant about an inch from the navel, and extending downwards towards the left hip. The wound extended into the cavity of the abdomen, where there was an opening sufficiently large to admit the point of his little finger. Walshe was then in great danger, and witness visited him for three days in succession. Witness corrected his evidence by stating there was no opening in the trousers, as Walsh wore his waist-belt top low down. The under clothes, however, had all been penetrated. The knife produced would inflict the wound from the effects of which the prosecutor was suffering.

Inspector Beaver deposed to having arrested the prisoner at ten o'clock on the night of 28th June, in a hut about a mile and a half from the Cardigan Inn. Witness said to the prisoner—" I arrest you for stabbing Mr Walshe with a knife." The prisoner replied—"All right; he hit me first." Witness said—"That will do; don't say any thing about it to me." He answered—" All right;" and he then rushed or pushed him (witness) out of the house. When ho got to the door he struck him, and after taking up a knife that was lying on a table near him, he made a motion with his hand as if he were going to stab him, saying he would " do just so." Arrested and brought him to the Cardigan Arms hotel, where Walshe was lying in bed. Walshe looked at him, and said "That is the man who stabbed me." The prisoner was then conveyed into Ballarat and lodged in the lock-up. On searching the hut the larger knife produced was found on a shelf. The small knife was found on his person. The prisoner wax fully committed for trial at the Circuit Court, reserving his defence.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 June, p. 4, viewed 17 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1868 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 July, p. 4. , viewed 15 Aug 2019,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 20 Oct 2016,
  4. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,
  5. 1874 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Oct 2016,
  6. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2022,

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