Comet Hotel (Main Road)

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Comet Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Known dates 1865

The Comet Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1865>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Main Road, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1865 the publican, Sarah Makin, charged a customer with assault:

Sarah Makin v Proctor, £10, damages for assault. Mr Lewis for the plaintiff and Mr Hitchins for the defendant. The plaintiff, licensee of the Comet Hotel, Main road, deposed that on the night of Sunday, the 7th instant, the defendant and several other persons came to her door, and a dispute occurred between them, during which the defendant struck her a blow on the face with his open hand. One of the front windows was smashed by one of those present, but he had repaired it. A young man named Sharkey, billiard marker at the George Hotel, who was called for the defence, deposed that he and the defendant came to the hotel and saw the plaintiff and Dr Smith talking at the door. Smith made some remark about their being " fellows," and told the plaintiff not to speak to them. The defendant then offered to strike Smith, when the plaintiff went between them and received a slap on the face by mistake. Witness acknowledged that he had broken the window and had since replaced it. The defendant corroborated this evidence. The Bench stated that the defendant should have made some apology to the plaintiff, and the case then would likely never have come before the Court. But as he had not done so, and the case had been fully proved, he would be fined three guineas and one guinea costs. The plaintiff stated that the fine could be paid into the poor box.[1]

In December 1867 the hotel's liquor supply was confiscated:

APPLICATION.—Mr Lewis applied that certain liquors seized in the Comet hotel, Main street, and the property of Mr Marshall, the present applicant for a license for the hotel, should not be forfeited. Mr Cuthbert opposed the application. It appeared that the previous licensee had left the premises, and the the house being therefore, as it were, unlicensed, the revenue inspector was put in motion and the seizure followed accordingly. The bench did nut consider it one of those cases in which the liquor should be forfeited, the owner being an applicant for a license for the house, and ordered that the liquors should be restored.[2]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In January 1865 the publican's license was granted to Sarah Makin.[3]
  • In May 1865 the publican was Sarah Makin.[1]
  • In December 1867, Mr. Marshall was a pplicant for the publican's license.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 May, p. 4. , viewed 19 Nov 2018,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 19 Nov 2018,
  3. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 January, p. 4. , viewed 19 Nov 2018,

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