Conley's Hotel

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Conley's Hotel
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Town Elaine
Opened 1873
Closed 1917
Known dates 1873-1917
Demolished Destroyed by fire, January 1917.

Conley's Hotel was a hotel in Elaine, 1873-1917.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Elaine, close to the railway station, and about 100 yards from the Railway Hotel.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was named for Mr. Conley, who built the hotel in 1873.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was built in 1873 during a small gold rush in the town:

There are many persons here who have strong confidence in the future of the place. Among them is Mr Conley, slaughterman, an old resident, who has erected at considerable expense a large brick hotel on his land near the railway-station.[2]

In August 1910 the publican was fined fro refusing to accept a dead body:

NOVEL PROSECUTION. Probably the first case of its kind in Victoria was heard yesterday at Meredith, when N. Gaunt, licensee of Conley's Hotel at Elaine, was charged undersection 141 of the Licensing Act with refusing to receive a dead body into the hotel for the purposes of a magisterial inquiry. He pleaded guilty, and stated that his reason for refusal was that his wife was not well. The bench, consisting of Messrs. Austin, Mayo and Martin, J's.P., said the defendant should not have spoken as he did to Constable M'Cormack, and a fine of £2 would be imposed. The prosecution arose in connection with the drowning of Ernest Bloxham at Narmbool, Elaine, last Sunday week.[3]

The hotel was destroyed by fire in January 1917. The owners appeared before the licensing court to have a new license issued, at a time when hotel licenses were being reduced:

CONLEY'S HOTEL, ELAINE. About five weeks ago Conley's hotel was destroyed by fire, and the owner and licensees were desirous of re-building the hotel and continuing business. The hotel was situated near the Elaine railway station, about 100 yards distant from the Railway hotel. Mr J. Farly appeared for the owner (Ernest Higgins), and Mr R. J. Gribble for the licensee. Const. Searle stated the structure which was burnt down was of brick, and very old, but fairly well furnished. One hotel was, in his opinion, sufficient. The Railway hotel there was extremely clean and well furnished. It was also conducted fairly well. Conley's hotel was conducted in a way that elicited complaints during the past 18 months. Witness had spoken to licensee's husband about Sunday and after hours trading, and he said he would see witness was not troubled again. To Mr Gribble: There was farming and grazing in the district. He had not heard of a proposed further cutting up of estates there. During the winter season nine days' coursing was annually held. There was then a good demand for accommodation. Witness had not seen a horse in Mr Hickey's stable. Witness had not heard of dancing having taken place at the hotel. To Insp Nicholson: He had received no complaints about the other hotels in his district. After hearing further evidence the bench adjourned the Court till to-day, at 10 a.m., when the decisions will be announced.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In September 1876 the Elaine Company held its quarterly meeting at the hotel, chaired by August Hoelscher, James Conley was elected as a director.[4]

The People[edit | edit source]

Mary Marchant applied for the transfer of Conley's Hotel at Elaine from Alexander Munro. The inspector said a previous application had been made for a transfer of the licence to Alfred Higgins who was a son-in-law of the present applicant. That application, however, had been withdrawn, and there was no objection to the present application, which was granted.[11]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1917 'CONLEY'S HOTEL, ELAINE.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 22 February, p. 4. (DAILY.), viewed 17 Dec 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1873 'ELAINE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 August, p. 3. , viewed 17 Dec 2017,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1910 'NOVEL PROSECUTION.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 12 August, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jun 2018,
  4. 1876 'MINING MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 25 September, p. 4. , viewed 19 Dec 2017,
  5. 1889 'ELAINE.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 11 September, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jun 2018,
  6. 1905 'POLICE COURTS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 November, p. 8. , viewed 02 Mar 2021,
  7. 1908 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 16 May, p. 16. , viewed 11 Jun 2018,
  8. 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 16 January, p. 20. , viewed 11 Jun 2018,
  9. 1910 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 13 August, p. 12. , viewed 11 Jun 2018,
  10. 1910 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 November, p. 16. , viewed 10 Jun 2018,
  11. 1912 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 7 September, p. 17. , viewed 19 Mar 2023,

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