Cosmopolitan Hotel (Spargo Creek)

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Cosmopolitan Hotel
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Town Spargo Creek
Closed 1910
Known dates 1889-1910
Other names Halfway House Hotel (before 1889)
Mineral Springs Hotel (from 1910)
Google maps -37.479506, 144.150818

The Cosmopolitan Hotel was a hotel in Spargo Creek, Victoria, <1889-1910>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the corner of the Ballan-Daylesford Road, Map Ref: -37.479506, 144.150818.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Richard Connell held the license for the Halfway House Hotel which was licensed at the Gordon Licensing Court in 1887, and described as being on the main Daylesford Road, so it is most likely that this is the same hotel.[2]

In May 1910 the hotel was renamed as the Mineral Springs Hotel:

"Mineral Springs hotel" Spargo creek, is the new title for Connell's hitherto Cosmopolitan hotel, but it will remain cosmopolitan for all that.[3]

It will be remembered that during the time Mr Connell was licensee of the Cosmopolitan hotel, he had the name changed to " Mineral Springs." It may also be added to his credit the erection of the local telephone, which has proved in valuable. Mr and Mrs Connell are at present residing with the venerable Mr R. Connell, at the Spargo Creek post office.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

In December 1906, mining was continuing near the hotel:

To the east of the Cosmopolitan Hotel there is another company known as the Connell’s Freehold who, are prospecting for the former Werribee bed (alluvial), which was proved to be excepttionally rich when worked in the early fifties, and work had to be suspended then owing to the inrush of water.[5]

In September 1908, the hotel was offered for sale:

Baillieu, Paterson and Sons Pty. Ltd. announce by advertisement that they will be selling the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Spargo Crek, together with 80 acres of land, by auction on Tuesday, 29th inst., at their rooms 375 Collins street, Melbourne, at 12 o’clock.[6]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

In January 1893, the hotel held tender documents for the Union Gold Mining Company:

TENDERS are invited for the SINKING of a A SHAFT about 60 feet deep on the ground of the Union Gold Mining Company, Korweinguboora. Specifications may be seen at Connell’s Cosmopolitan Hotel, Spargo Creek. Tenders returnable Wednesday, 1st February, 1893, THOS. STEWART, Secretary.[7]

In April 1906 the hotel was the venue for a public meeting which called for the establishment of a post office at Spargo Creek.[8]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1889, the publican, Richard Connell, had his license renewed.[9]
  • In February 1910, the publican John Thomas Connell applied for a transfer of the license to Richard Connell. He failed to appear at the Licensing Court hearing in Bacchus Marsh, and his license was struck out.[10]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Google Maps, [1]
  2. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 22 Apr 2019,
  3. 1910 'No Title', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 21 May, p. 2. , viewed 10 Mar 2018,
  4. 1916 'PERSONAL NOTES.', Gordon, Egerton and Ballan Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 26 May, p. 4. , viewed 04 Mar 2018,
  5. 1906 'SPARGO CREEK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 December, p. 3. , viewed 10 Mar 2018,
  6. 1908 'MELBOURNE CHATTER.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 September, p. 9. , viewed 10 Mar 2018,
  7. 1893 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 January, p. 4. , viewed 10 Mar 2018,
  8. 1906 'LOST IN THE BUSH.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 April, p. 8. , viewed 11 Mar 2018,
  9. 1889 'BALLAN.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Apr 2019,
  10. 1910 'BACCHUS MARSH COURT.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 26 February, p. 3. , viewed 05 Mar 2018,

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