Commercial Hotel (Talbot)

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Commercial Hotel
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Town Talbot
Known dates 1862-1909

The Commercial Hotel was a hotel in Talbot, <1862-1909>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Talbot.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In January 1877 the publican's sister-in-law died after a function at the hotel:

SUDDEN DEATH AT TALBOT A very sudden death, says the Maryborough Advertiser, occurred at Lyons' Commercial hotel, Talbot, early on Friday morning. Miss Cullenan, sister of Mrs Lyons, retired to rest as usual on the previous evening, to all appearance in the best of health, and spirits, but not making her appearance on the following morning, one of the domestics went to the bedroom for the purpose of awakening her, and was surprised to see her sitting in a chair apparently asleep, but on a closer inspection was horrified to find that it was the sleep of death. There had been a banquet in hotel on the previous evening, at which Miss Cullenan assisted, and did not retire until some time after twelve o'clock. On entering her bedroom she must at once been attacked with some complaint and sat down on the chair, throwing her arms back. When discovered she had on the light summer dress she had been wearing the previous evening, not having even removed the brooch from her breast. Her head was bent forward, the chin resting upon the brooch, which had caused an indentation in the flesh. Miss Cullenan was about thirty-six years old, rather stout, with a good, kind, hearty, disposition and much liked by all who frequented the house.[2]

In May 1909 the hotel was one several district hotels that were looked at by the Licenses Reduction Board. However at the hearings in Talbot, the licensee was not called.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • July 1862, into the murder of Buckley, an Indigenous man, at Mia Mia (now Lillicur).[3]
  • March 1867, into a fire which destroyed the house of coach builder William Kirk.[4]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In July 1862 and March 1867 the licensee was Mr. Wrigley.<ref name=jul62>[4]
  • In January 1877 the publican was a Mr. Lyons.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1909 'REDUCTION BOARD AT TALBOT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 20 May, p. 8. , viewed 22 Feb 2024,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1877 'SUDDEN DEATH AT TALBOT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1886; 1914 - 1918), 29 January, p. 3. , viewed 22 Feb 2024,
  3. 1862 'THE MURDER AT THE MIA MIA.', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 24 July, p. 6. , viewed 23 Feb 2024,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1867 'INQUEST AT TALBOT.', Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser (Vic. : 1857 - 1867 ; 1914 - 1918), 8 March, p. 2. , viewed 22 Feb 2024,

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