Eglinton Hotel

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There was also the Old Eglinton Hotel and the New Eglinton Hotel.
Eglinton Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Opened 1856
Known dates 1856-1874
Other names Gleeson's Hotel

The Eglinton Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, 1856-1874>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Eglinton Hotel was in described as being in Main Road in 1861[1], and Main Street in 1863.[2] When the hotel was offered for sale in June 1862, it was described as being opposite the London Chartered Bank.[3] The hotel was described as:

"...that very commodious and old-established Hotel, situated opposite the London Chartered Bank, known as "THE EGLINTON HOTEL" containing a commodious bar, large-dining- room, two parlours, 14 bedrooms, kitchen, outhouses, scullery, with 14 stall stable, and a first-class detached cottage."[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

Eglinton was probably named for Eglinton Castle, the ancient seat of the Earls of Eglinton in North Ayrshire, Scotland.[4]The owner and licensee John McCafferty later opened the Old Eglinton Hotel in the 1880s. During Martin Gleeson's occupancy in the 1860s, the hotel was sometimes referred to as Gleeson's Hotel.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

A reward was offered for the return of important papers lost near the hotel in April 1857.[6]

In December 1863, Martin Gleeson had the hotel rebuilt to a design by architect J. H. Jones.[7]

In October 1864, the body of a man was found floating in a mining dam at the rear of the hotel:

On Sunday forenoon, about ten o'clock, the body of a man was seen floating in the large waterhole familiarly and ironically called "Lake Como," at the rear of Gleeson's Hotel, Main street. The head was just visible above the water, the body being erect, and moving slightly to and fro by the action of the wind. A boy named Cannon first noticed it, and gave the alarm, and shortly afterwards a rope with a noose at the end was thrown round the head, and the body was then dragged to the bank, and carried into a shed at the rear of the hotel. In about half an hour afterwards the deceased was identified as a carter named Patrick Monahan, who had been in the employment of Messrs Wallis and Dobson, timber merchants. It appears he has been missing since Thursday week, the 6th instant, when he received wages to the amount of £10 from his employers and left; for, except on the evening of that day, when seen in Bridge street by a tailor named Morrison, he had not been heard of since. The body presented all the appearance of having been in the water for a length of time, and was much swollen and discolored, evidently by the action of the stagnant water which is of a light green color. Mr Gleeson does not remember ever having seen the deceased about his hotel, and in what way he fell into the hole-as it is very improbable he ever committed suicide-there does not seem to be any means of determining. He was never seen in the locality, but as there is a narrow dilapidated foot-bridge communicating from the Main street through the yard of the hotel to Peel street, it is just possible that in attempting to cross this bridge he fell in and was drowned, the water on each side being fully ten feet deep. The body was found about fifteen yards from this footbridge towards the centre of the hole. It seems strange that such a dangerous trap should be left in the very centre of Ballarat East, and at the rear of the principal street, and more especially that means should not have been taken to fence it in, or otherwise guard against accident. The hole, as is no doubt well known, is kept filled with water from the street drainage around, and there are also several old mining shafts in the centre of it and around the edges, which render it exceedingly dangerous. An inquest will be held on the body to-day.[5]

In June 1869, the wife of the publican was accused of assaulting a barmaid:

Murray v Mrs. Barberis, assault. The case was one of plaintiff, a barmaid, against defendant, the landlady of a hotel in Main street. She had been accused by defendant with stealing, and had told the neighbors that defendant had been one time accused herself, and the assault thereupon ensued. Discharged.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The hotel was the venue for community and company meetings including:

  • Court Robin Hood, 3877 A.O.F., October 1864.[9]

Political[edit | edit source]

  • November 1864, speech by Mr. Deeble.[10]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1861 'Advertising, Eglinton Hotel.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 1 February, p. 1, viewed 10 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Licencing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4,, (accessed January 19, 2014)
  3. 3.0 3.1 1862 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 20 June, p. 3, viewed 27 February, 2014,
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Eglinton Castle," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed February 27, 2017).
  5. 5.0 5.1 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 October, p. 2. , viewed 04 Mar 2018,
  6. 1857 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 April, p. 3, viewed 28 December, 2015,
  7. 1863 'AN EXPLANATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 8 December, p. 3. , viewed 26 Feb 2017,
  8. 8.0 8.1 1869 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 June, p. 4. , viewed 01 Feb 2018,
  9. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 October, p. 3. , viewed 05 Oct 2018,
  10. 1864 'MR DEEBLE'S MEETINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 3 November, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 06 Jan 2020,
  11. 1856 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 December, p. 3. , viewed 24 Dec 2018,
  12. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2019,
  13. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 29 Aug 2019,
  14. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 30 May, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 6 October, 2014,
  15. 1862 'LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 August, p. 4, viewed 30 October, 2015,
  16. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014,
  17. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 Apr 2017,
  18. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 7 November, 2015,

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