Criterion Hotel (Sebastopol)

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Criterion Hotel
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Town Sebastopol
Known dates 1857-1890

The Criterion Hotel was a hotel in Sebastopol, <1857-1890>.

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The hotel was in Sebastopol.[1]

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History[edit | edit source]

In March 1857 a post office was operating from the hotel:

INSPECTOR OF POST OFFICES. - J. H. Watt, Esq., Post Office Inspector, visited Sebastopol Hill the other day, and waited upon Mr Umpleby, to examine his arrangements at the Criterion Hotel, for posts accommodation to the public. After considerable enquiry into details, this gentleman pronounced his approval of the manner in which the business was carried out by the above individual ; and no doubt can be entertained bat that Mr Umpleby will meet with the requisite attention at the hands of the proper authorities.[2]

In December 1877 the police objected to the renewal of John Dilges' license on the grounds that the hotel was dilapidated and badly furnished. The case was adjourned for three weeks to allow necessary repairs to be completed.[3]

In January 1882, John Dilges was cautioned for Sunday trading:

(Before Messrs Leckie, Gray, and Dickinson, J.P.) SUNDAY TRADING.—Constable Doyle v. John M. Dilges, suffering liquor to be drank on his premises on a Sunday. Mr Gaunt for defendant. Mrs Wishart deposed that on Sunday last she went to the defendant's hotel she found her husband and another man in the hotel, with glasses of beer before them. Mr Gaunt said that the girl who had served the drink had received express instructions from Mr Dilges not to serve drink on Sunday, but the man had bothered her that she, for fear served them. He then called Mary Jane Nickle, who deposed that she was in the employ of Mr Dilges, and was in the hotel on Sunday last by herself. Mr Dilges was chasing cows in the paddock. and Mrs Dilges was at chapel. Mr Wishart came in by himself, the other man being a boarder. Wishart bothered witness a great deal, so much that she at last, to get rid of him, him served him with a small glass of beer, but was not paid for it. The case was dismissed with a caution.[4]

In 1886, the publican, Jacob Dilges was fined for selling beer out of hors:

At the Sebastopol Police Court yesterday, before Messrs Hicks, Dickinson, Ellsworth, and Hughes, J.P.’s, Constable Brennan proceeded against Jacob Dilges, for disposing of beer during prohibited hours on the 21st day of March. Constables Brennan and Taylor, gave the necessary technical evidence and proved the case. Two witnesses were examined for the defence, but their evidence was not favorable to the defendant. Inspector Parkinson pointed out that the defendant had committed a compound offence under the 92nd section of Act 1857. In the first place he disposed of the beer during prohibited hours, and in the second place disposed of beer without a license to do so, as every publican’s license legally ceases to confer any right or privilege between the hours of 11.30 p.m., and 6 a.m., and from Saturday night at half-past 11 to 6 o’clock on the following morning. For both the offences the defendant could be fined, but as this was the first case of the kind here he (Mr Parkinson) would not ask for more than a nominal fine. In future, however, he intended to ask for the double penalty under the section. Fined 10s and 2s 6d.[5]

In October 1890, the hotel's license was forfeited after complaints about the state of the building and the conduct of the business:

The licensee of the Criterion hotel, Sebastopol, William Cleeland, was proceeded against at the Licensing Court yesterday by Inspector Parkinson for failing to maintain his licensed premises at the standard required by the Act, and also with permitting an unlicensed person to be in effect the keeper of his licensed premises. Mr Salter appeared on behalf of the defendant. The inspector stated that the hotel was in very dilapidated and filthy condition when he visited it. The licensee, Cleeland, had left on the 10th October, leaving Mrs Dilges, the nominal owner, in charge. The necessary notices had been served. Sergeant Murphy gave evidence as to visiting the place on the 15th October. On that date nothing had been done to repair the premises. Mr Salter remarked that one reason why the repairs had not been done was that the licensee had been in very indifferent health. A contract had now been let and the premises would be repaired by the expiration of the notice. Mr Parkinson asked the court to at least suspend the license until the premises were put into proper condition. The bench decided to forfeit the license.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1890 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 October, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2018,
  2. 1857 'WHITE HORSE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 March, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 28 Apr 2019,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1877 'ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2021,
  4. 1882 'SEBASTOPOL POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1886; 1914 - 1918), 27 January, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,
  5. 1886 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 April, p. 2. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,
  6. 1880 'GUIDING STAR TRIBUTE COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 March, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,
  7. 1881 'THE ANNUAL LICENSING MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 3. , viewed 13 Jun 2019,
  8. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 2. , viewed 17 Aug 2019,

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