Corduroy Bridge Hotel

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Corduroy Bridge Hotel
Stables of the hotel, 2015
Town Clarendon
Known dates 1856-1916
Evidence Stables still standing, 2015

The Corduroy Bridge Hotel was a hotel at Clarendon, Victoria, <1856-1916>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was at Clarendon.[1] The hotel stables are still standing (2015).

Background[edit | edit source]

This maybe the hotel licensed in July 1857 as the Corduroy Hotel.[2]

The hotel was destroyed by fire on 12 April 1916.

HOTEL DESTROYED...BALLARAT, Wednesday. The Corduroy Bridge Hotel, Clarendon, of which Mr. J. Dowd, the local postmaster, was owner, was, with its contents, totally destroyed by fire to-day. The property was insured for £1000.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In March 1857, the publican was attacked by the cook, who was then charged with assault:

BUNINYONG POLICE COURT. Saturday, 28th March. (Before W. Turner, Esq., P.M.) Henry Brown, alias Smithers, a powerful looking black, was charged with misconduct as a hired servant, and with assaulting Mr Iveson his master, the proprietor of the Corduroy Bridge Hotel. Mr Tournay appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Kildahl for the prisoner. Stephen Edward Iveson, deposed that he was the landlord of the Corduroy Bridge Hotel. The prisoner was his hired weekly servant. He was his cook. On Thursday evening last, the 26th inst., he heard a great noise in the kitchen. This was near seven o'clock. He went into the kitchen and saw the prisoner there. He saw a quantity of broken plates and dishes on the floor, and he also saw the prisoner take the kitchen table and pitch it from one side of the kitchen to the other. The prisoner admitted that he had broken the plates and dishes and wished to pay for them, but prosecutor would not agree to his doing so. Prosecutor then took hold of the prisoner by the shoulders and asked him what he meant. The prisoner told him to leave the kitchen, and upon his refusing to do so, threw him out of the kitchen. The prisoner struck at him when he got out, and he stooped down and avoided the blow, which would otherwise have hit him in the face. The prisoner then drew out a knife and ran after prosecutor, who took out a bar of iron to defend himself with. It was a clasped knife with a blade six inches long. Prosecutor at length dropped the bar, but the prisoner continued running after him. As the prisoner was in the act of getting hold of prosecutor, his brother took up the bar of iron and knocked the prisoner down. The amount of crockery destroyed was about £2. Mr Kildahl was about to cross-examine Mr Iveson, and had proceeded to put one or two questions, when the prisoner said he knew more of the case himself, as Mr Kildahl had only just been instructed, and therefore preferred to conduct himself. Cross-examined by the prisoner—Prosecutor did not show the prisoner out of the kitchen door. He did not take up the bar of iron until the prisoner drew the knife. Prosecutor did not know where the prisoner took the knife from, but he drew it at the kitchen door. After prosecutor's brother had knocked the prisoner down he came up to the bar and wanted to speak to prosecutor, who put down the trap of the bar, to prevent the prisoner coming nearer. Prosecutor did not remember telling the prisoner to go with his work as usual, but might have told him that he might cook the breakfast the next morning. John Iveson, the brother of the prosecutor, proved that the prisoner ran after the prosecutor with what he thought to be a knife, and to save his brother's life he knocked him down with the bar of iron. Michael Casey, a traveller, who was stopping at the hotel when the occurrence took place, proved that he saw the prisoner pursue the prosecutor through the bar with an American hunting knife. As this witness, however, was intoxicated, his Worship said he placed no reliance on his testimony. The prisoner said nothing would have been heard of the case if he had not summoned Mr John Iveson for knocking him down with the bar of iron. If the case were postponed he could prove that he never drew a knife. The case was accordingly postponed until Wednesday, his Worship consenting to admit the prisoner to bail, himself in £20 and two sureties in £10 each.[4]

The hotel was mentioned in the Ballarat Star in November 1857, when an illicit still was discovered in a hut about one mile from the hotel.[5] There was no suggestion that the hotel was involved, and the still's products were destined for Ballarat.

The bluestone stables from the hotel are still standing (2015).[6]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In November 1858, a community meeting to protest that the Geelong-Ballarat railway line would not pass through Clarendon.[7]
  • In May 1878, a dinner to celebrate the opening of the new bridge:

"...The bridge is a wooden structure, and has cost £528 6s 8d. The company adjourned to Host Bradshaw’s, where a cold collation, consisting of all the delicacies of the season, was laid in the large diningroom..."[8]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • William Clarke, February 1877, committee room for the Grenville election.[9]
  • Mr. Finn, January 1871, North Grant Election:

NORTH GRENVILLE ELECTION. MR FINN AT CLARENDON. Mr Finn, one of the candidates far the parliamentary representation of North Grenville, addressed a meeting of of electors last evening at Bradshaw's hotel, about six miles from Buninyong. There was a very good meeting, and the chair was occupied by Mr Patrick M'Cabe, who in a few appropriate observations, introduced the candidate.[10]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1883 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3, viewed 23 September, 2015,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1857 'BUNINYONG POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 3 July, p. 2, viewed 31 October, 2015,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1916 'BALLARAT FIRES.', The Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 - 1918), 13 April, p. 7. , viewed 16 Sep 2016,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1857 'BUNINYONG POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 30 March, p. 2, viewed 2 November, 2015,
  5. 1857 'BUNINYONG.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 November, p. 2, viewed 31 October, 2015,
  6. Anne Beggs Sunter, conversation with Peter Waugh, October 2015
  7. 1858 'DEVIATION OF THE RAILWAY AT CORDUROY.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 November, p. 2, viewed 31 October, 2015,
  8. 8.0 8.1 1878 'OPENING OF THE NEW BRIDGE AT CLARENDON.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 June, p. 4, viewed 31 October, 2015,
  9. 1877 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 February, p. 3. , viewed 03 Feb 2019,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1871 'NORTH GRENVILLE ELECTION.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1878; 1914 - 1918), 20 January, p. 2, viewed 31 October, 2015,
  11. 1856 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 8 November, p. 4, viewed 2 November, 2015,
  12. 1857 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 September, p. 3, viewed 31 October, 2015,
  13. 1877 'BUNINYONG LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 26 Mar 2017,
  14. 1878 'BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jan 2019,

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