Commercial Hotel (Smythesdale)

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Commercial Hotel
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Town Smythesdale
Street Brooke Street
Closed 31 December 1915
Known dates 1860-1915

The Commercial Hotel was a hotel in Smythesdale, Victoria, <1860-1915.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Commercial Hotel was in Smythesdale.[1] A description in 1860 places it in Brooke Street:

On the other side of the street (from the Government Camp) stands the Court House and Commercial Hotels, with an attorneys office edged in between.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In December 1884, the publican, Charles Bishop, was granted a license to sell alcohol on Boxing Day at the Smythesdale Botanical Gardens.[3]

In May 1908 the hotel was included on a list of hotels which could be closed. A hearing was held in Ballarat: Licenses Reduction Board. THE SITTINGS CONCLUDED. (Before Messrs Andrews (chairman), Barr, and Cumming). The Licenses Reduction Board sat yesterday at the City Hall, and dealt with the following hotels:- COMMERCIAL, SMYTHESDALE. Commercial Hotel, Smythesdale, owner E. R. Davies , and others licensee E. R. Davies. Mr E. E. Coldham appeared for both - Licensing-Inspector Balchin said the hotel was in the Sebastopol Licensing district. It was situated at Smythesdale. It was a wooden, building in fair repair, well kept, and well furnished. There were 13 rooms and a stable. The assessment was £5O. There was one conviction against the licensee, who had been fined in July, 1907, for supplying liquor in an unsealed vessel to a person under 16. Otherwise the house had been well conducted. There were four hotels in Smythesdale, and he thought two would be enough for the locality. The Eldorado was an inferior building to the Commercial. Constable Olney said the hotel was not required. There were too many hotels in Smythesdale. He considered that the Eldorado was better situated than the Commercial for business. To Mr Barr—From what he knew of the hotels he considered there was more business done at the Eldorado. The latter was an old building, almost beyond repair. The distance between the hotels was 175 yards. Mr Coldham said that regarding business, the Eldorado and Commercial appeared to be on a par, but as regards buildings, there was no doubt of the superior claims of the Commercial.

Matthew John Veal, coachbuilder, Smythesdale, said there was a great deal of traffic continually passing the Commercial. The Eldorado might do a better local business, but the Commercial did more wayside trade. With in the past two years he had seen things so brisk at Smythesdale that a number of miners had been unable to get accommodation at the local hotels, and had to live in tents. From the prospects of Smythesdale he thought that not more than one hotel should be closed in that locality. Phillip Troon gave similar evidence. Millie C. Davies, sister of the licensee, said there were five bedrooms for the use of the public. The business in 1907 was a little less than in 1906. There was a good wayside traffic. Decision was reserved.[4]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. Licensing district hearings for hotels on this list were to be held at the Ballarat Supreme Court on 11 May.[1] The hotel was one of about 40 hotels closed by the License Reduction Board and ceased trading at 9.30pm on 31 December 1915.[5] The court paid the owner £375 compensation[6] and the licensee £90.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

  • Smythesdale Common, January 1880, quarterly meeting of managers.[8]
  • Community dinner and presentation, July 1900, to Constable Tait who was moving to Bacchus Marsh after six years in Smythesdale.[9]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  2. 1860 'JOURNEY TO SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 July, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66057137
  3. 3.0 3.1 1884 'SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207630534
  4. 4.0 4.1 1908 'Licenses Reduction Board.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 May, p. 4. , viewed 26 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205464168
  5. 1915 'DELICENSED', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 04 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241695876
  6. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1578545
  7. 1915 'THE Grenville Standard,', Grenville Standard (Vic. : 1915 - 1918), 16 October, p. 1. , viewed 23 Sep 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119667457
  8. 1880 'SMYTHESDALE COMMON.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 January, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199822868
  9. 9.0 9.1 1900 'SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 July, p. 3. , viewed 15 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206970627
  10. 1877 'COUNTRY NEWS.', Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), 2 June, p. 14. , viewed 18 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221765451
  11. 1894 'MIXING MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 February, p. 4. , viewed 22 Sep 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206495648
  12. 1878 'SMYTHESDALE CONSOLS COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 October, p. 4. , viewed 16 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199344626
  13. 1879 'SMYTHESDALE CONSOLS QUARTZ COMPANY', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 October, p. 4. , viewed 16 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200131195
  14. 1861 'ANNUAL PUBLICANS' LICENSE MEETING, SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 18 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66340118
  15. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  16. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 December, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250086
  17. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE. CITY COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833122
  18. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 12 Apr 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282991
  19. 1878 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210374132
  20. 1879 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199821791
  21. 1881 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202597435
  22. 1882 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202701236
  23. 1883 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 December, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201619409
  24. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 November, p. 2. , viewed 14 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204318098


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