Dry Diggings Hotel

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Dty Diggings Hotel
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The Dry Diggings Hotel was a hotel in Dry Diggings, Victoria, <1884-1916.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Dry Diggings Hotel was at Dry Diggings, about 2km east of Hepburn Springs.[1] The hotel was destroyed in a bushfire in 1906, along with the store and the school.[2] The hotel and school must have been rebuilt.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel, with the store and post-office, on 43 acres, were offered for sale in February 1884. The owner, Thomas Elliot said he wanted to retire from the business.[3]

In 1890 the publican, Thomas H. Avison was charged with attempted murder:

Melbourne, Friday. — Thomas H. Avison, charged with wounding George Hoare at Dry Diggings with intent to kill, was brought before the Daylesford Police Court on Thursday, and was remanded till January 14, Hoare not being able to appear. Bail was allowed, himself in £500 and two sureties of £250 each. Hoare is progressing towards recovery. He states that he was staying at Avison' s Hotel on the night of the assault, and had been shown into a bedroom. He had taken off his coat and vest when the girl told him Mrs. Avison wished to speak to him. He went to her room and found her in bed, and sat on the edge of the bed talking to her, she complaining bitterly of the jealous disposition and ill-treatment of her husband, and declaring her intention of leaving him. Hoare told her she would be very foolish to do anything of the sort. While talking this way he fell asleep across the bed. He was awakened by seeing Avison in the room with a lantern, but remembers nothing after he was struck.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community meetings[edit | edit source]

In September 1916 the hotel was a venue for a community meeting to support Hospital Wood Day:

HOSPITAL WOOD DAY. A meeting of residents of Franklinford, Porcupine Ridge and Dry Diggings favorable to assisting in the annual Wood Day for the Hospital is called for Wednesday evening next at Avison's Hotel. It is hoped that a large number of those who are in sympathy with the movement will attend.[5]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • November 1914, speech by Mr Morton Dunlop, a candidate in the state election.[6]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Publicans of the 19th Century
  2. 2.0 2.1 1906 'ALARMING OUTBREAK AT DAYLESFORD.', The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 - 1918), 25 January, p. 2, viewed 8 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91436044
  3. 3.0 3.1 1884, 'BUSINESSES AND PARTNERSHIPS', The Age, 2 February 1884, pg.6, https://www.newspapers.com/image/119612799/
  4. 4.0 4.1 1890 'The Healesville Tragedy.', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 12 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113744216
  5. 5.0 5.1 1916 'HOSPITAL WOOD DAY.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 29 September, p. 3. , viewed 11 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119542051
  6. 1914 'MR MORTON DUNLOP'S CAMPAIGN.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 17 November, p. 3. , viewed 16 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119529711
  7. 1915 'LICENSING COURT.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 16 December, p. 3. , viewed 12 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119538818
  8. 1914 'DAYLESFORD LICENSING COURT', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 8 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119529999

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