Clement Etter

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Clement Etter
Occupation Publican
Years active 1857-1883
Known for Weatherboard Hotel
Home town Weatherboard
Spouse(s) Caroline

Clement Etter was a publican in Learmonth, Victoria, 1857-1883>.

History[edit | edit source]

Etter applied for the license for the Weatherboard Hotel, at Weatherboard, Victoria, in June 1857. The application was rejected as the hotel had not yet been completed.[1] Etter held the license from at least 1857 to December 1883.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

In January 1858, a disgruntled former employee burned the haystack at the hotel:

ARSON. William Downes pleaded not guilty to indictment which charged him with setting fire to a haystack on the 18th January, the property of Clement Etter. Clement Etter stated-That he kept the Weather Board Hotel, at Burrumbeet. He knew the prisoner, who was in his service on the 17th January last. On that day he was disorderly, not being sober. That night the prisoner asked for a settlement, and prosecutor got up and paid the prisoner 4s 6d which was due to him. This was after ten o'clock p.m., and the prisoner left the house. He, however, returned, and went to bed. The next morning the prisoner wanted prosecutor to drink with him, but he refused to do so. The prisoner was very noisy, and prosecutor tied him up and put him in the stable. Prosecutor afterwards released the prisoner, who left the house, saying he would make a fool of the prosecutor. Witness afterwards saw the prisoner running from a haystack, which was black, as if it had been burned.[9]

On 19 March 1865, Etter and his wife Caroline were assaulted by a group of young men:

" appeared that on the Sunday in question two of the defendants entered the Weatherboard Hotel and had some beer, which they refused to pay for. Clement Etter was then called in, and said that if the beer was not paid for it should not be drunk, and at the same time he attempted to put defendant Collins out of the house. When the door was opened for this purpose, the two defendants O'Hare rushed in, knocked down Clement Etter, and kicked him severely, one of his eyes being very seriously injured, and medical attendance being necessary...Dr Leman gave evidence that he attended Clement Etter after the assault, and that Etter had sustained very serious injuries on several parts of his body, especially in one of his eyes, the sight of which he had not yet recovered, and would not for some time to come.[10]

In February 1882 Etter was elected as a member of the Ballarat Licensed Victuallers' Association.[11]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 3. , viewed 07 Sep 2017,
  2. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2, viewed 28 December, 2015,
  3. 1863 'LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 June, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2016,
  4. 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Apr 2016,
  5. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Apr 2016,
  6. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Nov 2018,
  7. 1882 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 3. , viewed 02 May 2016,
  8. 1883 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Feb 2018,
  9. 1858 'BALLARAT CIRCUIT COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 February, p. 2. , viewed 05 Sep 2020,
  10. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 March, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  11. 1882 'BALLARAT DISTRICT LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 February, p. 3. , viewed 13 Sep 2019,

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