Eldorado Hotel

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Eldorado Hotel
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Town Smythesdale
Street Brooke Street
Known dates 1858-1915

The Eldorado Hotel was a hotel in Smythesdale, Victoria, <1858-1915>.

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In July 1859, the courthouse was to be moved to a new less isolated position. The hotel would be the temporary courthouse during that period.[1]

The Eldorado Hotel was in Brooke Street, Smythesdale.[2][3] This description in July 1860 places it south of the Court House Hotel:

"...Passing on I come to the labyrinth I mentioned before; in the line of the street stands the Eldorado Hotel and two or three stores..."[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

The name, El Dorado, belonged to a mythical king in Columbia, who would cover himself in gold dust and then submerge himself in a lake.

History[edit | edit source]

In June 1862 there was an amusing incident at the hotel:

UNAUTHORISED OCCUPATION-Patrick Carney was charged by the police with, being found illegally on the premises of the El Dorado Hotel without any lawful excuse. The prosecutor, Mr O'Bern, did not appear. The prisoner said that he had "a drop too much wid an owld mate" on the evening before, and went to the back premises of the El Dorado, and got into Mr Missouri's bed after by mistake. The Bench cautioned and discharged the culprit.[5]

The hotel was offered for sale in February 1869:

FOR SALE By Private Contract, THAT VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTY, Having a Frontage of 157 feet to Brooke street, and known as the ELDORADO HOTEL, SMYTHESDALE, The Property of Mr Henry Wrathall. The Hotel is situate on a Freehold Allotment, and having a frontage of 49 feet by a depth of 59 feet, and contains Bar, Sitting-room, Parlor, Billiard-room, Store-room, Dining-room, 2 four-bedded Bedrooms, 4 two-bedded do, and a Kitchen (detached) 20 feet by 17 feet. The roof of the Hotel is of corrugated iron, and there is a Verandah, covered with corrugated iron, the whole width of the building, and 15 feet deep. Yard.—Stable, 36 feet by 45 feet; ditto, 35 feet by 15 feet; ditto, 30 feet by 15 feet; Washing Shed, 10 feet by 13 feet; Coach-house, 33 feet by 17 feet; Fowl-house, Pig-sties, &c. Brick Water-tank, 15 feet deep by 10 feet in diameter; also, 5 Horses, 6 Buggies, 1 dray, 10 sets Buggy Harness, 1 set Dray Harness; also, Blacksmith's Shop, with complete set of Tools. The Furniture, Stock, &c., to be taken at a Valuation. It comprises all the necessary articles for a FIRST-CLASS HOTEL. Billiard Table by Alcock and Co. Bagatelle Table by ditto. House of Change for Cobb and Co.'s Coaches. The whole is in a first-class state of repair, and will be found replete with every convenience. For particulars apply to HENRY WRATHALL, on the Premises.[3]

In January 1898, the publican, Mary Ann Wrathall was charged with selling adulterated alcohol:

Excise Prosecutions. Geo. W. May proceeded against Mary A. Wrathal for having falsely applied the trade mark “G. B. Wood” to certain liquor. Mr May deposed to having examined the liquors at the Eldorado hotel, and found the contents of the bottle produced, which bore the trade mark of Woolfe scbnapps, to be under proof, and on analysis proved it to be schnapps, gin, and water. J. P. Smith, Government expert, deposed to the examination of the liquor, which was 17'9, and should have been 13’6, and was composed of part water, gin, and schnapps. Mary Ann Wrathal deposed that the liquor was the same as she received from her merchant, that she did not keep gin in the place at all, and that she bad been in business for 40 years and nothing of the sort had never occurred before. She was fined £2, with £7 2s costs.[6]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. Licensing district hearings for hotels on this list were to be held at the Ballarat Supreme Court on 11 May.[2]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • February 1860, into the death of John Shaw, a carter, who had fallen heavily from his dray.[11]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1859 'SMYTHESDALE NEWS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 July, p. 4. , viewed 12 Oct 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66054057
  2. 2.0 2.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 February, p. 3. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112883066
  4. 1860 'JOURNEY TO SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 July, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66057137
  5. 1862 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 June, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 24 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324975
  6. 6.0 6.1 1898 'SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 January, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215787801
  7. 1872 'ELDORADO COMPANY, SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 23 July, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191572805
  8. 1874 'ELDORADO COMPANY, SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 February, p. 4. , viewed 09 Nov 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201971256
  9. 1884 'SMYTHESDALE MINING NEWS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 August, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201117160
  10. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 January, p. 3. , viewed 29 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66059791
  11. 1860 'News and Notes.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 February, p. 2. , viewed 05 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72465258
  12. 1858 'SMYTHE'S CREEK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 May, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048277
  13. 1859 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE [?]', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 June, p. 3. , viewed 05 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053384
  14. 1859 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 August, p. 4. , viewed 05 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66054727
  15. 1861 'ANNUAL PUBLICANS' LICENSE MEETING, SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 24 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66340118
  16. 1862 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 30 June, p. 4. , viewed 16 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325158
  17. 1863 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 20 June, p. 4. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515157
  18. 1863 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 July, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515835
  19. 1870 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 January, p. 4. , viewed 02 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112857974
  20. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  21. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 December, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250086
  22. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE. CITY COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833122
  23. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 12 Apr 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282991
  24. 1878 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210374132
  25. 1879 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199821791
  26. 1881 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202597435
  27. 1882 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202701236
  28. 1883 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 December, p. 4. , viewed 15 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201619409
  29. 1884 'SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207630534
  30. 1903 'A LICENSING PROSECUTION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 June, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208147138
  31. 1903 'MISCELLANEOUS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 June, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208147135


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