Cash's Hotel

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Cash's Hotel
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Town Weatherboard
Known dates 1864-1885

Cash's Hotel was a hotel in Weatherboard, Victoria, <1864-1885>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was described as being at Weatherboard Hill.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel's beginnings date to at least July 1864 when Thomas Cash was granted a beer and colonial wine license at Weatherboard.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1872 several men were arrested for stealing goods from August Blampied at Mount Prospect. These goods were found at Cash's Hotel:

James Stapleton, alias Fitzpatrick, and James Plunkett, on remand, were brought up on the three charges preferred against them at the last sitting of the court. A fourth charge was laid against the prisoners for breaking into the store of August Blampied, Mount Prospect, and stealing therefrom a quantity of clothing, &c...John Darcy, senior-constable of police, Learmonth, deposed that on Saturday last, in company with Constable Gardener, he proceeded to Cash’s hotel, Weatherboard. Searched the house for some stolen property belonging to (Augustus) Blampied, at Mount Prospect. The clothes produced were found on the shelves in Mr Cash’s store. On asking Cash where he got them, he replied that he bought them from a Welshman (the prisoner) who was in the bar for 20s. Other articles he said he had purchased from the prisoner. Took the prisoner in to Mr Cash and asked him if he was the man who sold him the things. He said "Yes." Asked the prisoner where he got the things, when he replied that he broke into a miner’s hut at Creswick and took them away. He further said that he sold the articles to Mr Cash, one lot for 17s and another lot for 15s. The blanket was found on Mr Cash’s shelf. Mr Cash in formed witness that he gave the prisoner 7s 6d or 10s for the blanket Senior-constable Darcy applied for a remand for one week, which was granted.[3]

The publican, Thomas Cash, was charged with receiving stolen property:

Thomas Cash (on bail) was charged with receiving certain stolen goods, knowing the same to be stolen; the same being the property of August Blampied, storekeeper, Mount Prospect. Mr M’Dennott appeared for the prisoner. John Darcy, senior-constable of police, deposed that on Saturday, 4th May, he proceeded in company with Constable Gardener to Cash’s hotel at Weatherboard and arrested a man named Jas. Stapleton for stealing six bags of wheat from Mr Edwards, Glendaruel. A man named Plunkett was arrested at the same place the next day. Mr Cash was present, and on enquiring of him whether he knew the prisoners, he replied that he knew Stapleton but not Plunkett. Cash further stated that he had employed both men for a few days, and that they were not mates, Plunkett having come with his swag on Monday, and Stapleton on the following day in a tilted dray. After locking Stapleton up on Saturday night on suspicion, witness returned to Cash’s hotel, and on Sunday took possession of the dray and harness, arresting Plunkett on the same day. On Wednesday last Mr Blampied, of Mount Prospect, came to the Camp and identified the coat and shirt the prisoner Stapleton was wearing a Crimean shirt that the prisoner Plunkett was wearing, and other articles in their possession as his property. These articles were stolen with other property from Mr Blampied’s store, at Mount Prospect.
On Saturday last witness, in company with Constable Gardener, went again to Cash and asked when the prisoners came to his place. He replied that they came on a Sunday, one half an hour before the other. Told the prisoner of the robbery at Blampied’s store, Mount Prospect; that the prisoners had been traced to his hotel, and that they had sold property answering the description of that stolen. Asked the prisoner to be good enough to allow him to search the premises. On searching the store behind the store found two pieces of tobacco (produced) in a drawer which corresponded with some found on the prisoner Stapleton. Asked Cash where he bought the tobacco, and was informed that he bought it some months ago from a man passing the door, and had paid 2s per lb for the same. Prisoner said he did not know the man or where he came from. Some other tobacco was produced, the prisoner saying that he had purchased it on 6th May from Hamilton and Cos., that already in his possession not being good, some men not wishing to buy it. The hats produced, the prisoner stated, had been in his possession for a year. Some were purchased by him from Mr Diamond, and others from Fitzgerald Brothers. The prisoner also accounted to witness for other articles produced. Read a description of the goods stolen from Mr Blampeid from the Police Gazette, and the prisoner giving no satisfactory explanation, witness arrested him. He (witness) would apply for a remand. Mr M’Dermott having delivered a lengthy address in defence of his client, the case was remanded for a week, the prisoner being bound in his own recognisance in £100 for his appearance next court day.[3]

In August 1876 the hotel was destroyed by fire:

Early on Sunday morning Cash's hotel, at the Weatherboard, was burned to the ground. The fire had a fast hold of the building before it was discovered by the inmates, and they had no more than time to escape before the roof fell in with a crash. Great praise is due to Miss Cash for her presence of mind and bravery in rushing through the flames and saving one or two of the children from a horrible death. There was nothing saved ; bedding, furniture, the contents of a store, and a couple of sewing machines, by means of which Miss Cash earned her living— all perished. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their impoverished circumstances. Mr Cash at the time was away in Melbourne, and it is doubtful whether the place was insured, as in Mr Cash's absence this information could not be ascertained. The origin of the fire is supposed to have been a burning log, which rolled off the fire after the family had retired to rest.[4]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Apr 2016,
  2. 1864 'LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 July, p. 3. , viewed 21 Dec 2023,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 May, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,
  4. 1876 'No title', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 29 August, p. 2. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  5. 1865 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 January, p. 2. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  6. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Apr 2016,
  7. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  8. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  9. 1876 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 12 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  10. 1877 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 12 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  11. 1878 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 10 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  12. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 02 Dec 2018,
  13. 1881 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 20 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  14. 1882 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 3. , viewed 02 May 2016,
  15. 1883 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Feb 2018,
  16. 1885 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 08 May 2016,

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