Elephant and Castle Hotel (Black Hill)

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Elephant and Castle Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Black Hill
Known dates 1855-1856

The Elephant and Castle Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1855-1856>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was at Black Hill, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

There was a murder at the hotel in June 1855. In August 1856, Timothy Hayes was charged with the crime:

Timothy Hayes was placed in the dock on a remanded charge of the wilful murder of John Smith, at the Elephant and Castle Hotel, then situated at the Black Hill, in the month of June, 1855—Mr Dunne appeared for the prisoner. The evidence taken at the former examination having been read over, Thomas Lees was called and examined— He said : I am a miner, residing at Portuguese Flat, Creswick. I know the prisoner. He is the same person who was at the Elephant and Castle on the 2nd June, 1855. I was boarding at the Elephant and Castle Hotel at that time. I heard a row in the bar on Saturday evening, the 2nd of June, 1855. I went out into the bar. I saw the prisoner, a tall man, and a third man, beating two men, who came from Little Bendigo, with sticks. One man was named Miller. I do not know the name of the other. I helped to get the prisoner and the other men out of the house. I told Miller to go out ; he said he did not want to go out, and backed in again to the bar, when a stone struck him in the face, thrown by Hayes. Hayes got hold of me by the collar when I put him put of the house. I looked at Miller to see what had been done to him, and then went outside the house. The prisoner, and two other men had Miller's mate on the ground. The tall man was hitting him with stones on the back of the head. The prisoner was outside. I tried to prevent the man being treated, so, when a stone was thrown at me. I did not see the prisoner throw any stones on the deceased.— I was outside the house only about half a minute. I saw the prisoner beating the deceased when he was outside the house with a stick. I went out a second time, picked up the deceased, and took him into the kitchen.

Cross-examined by Mr Dunne: — Mr Bleasley, the landlord of the hotel, was outside when I went out the second time. I saw the tall man throw about three stones at the deceased. I saw the tall man you call Monaghan jump on the deceased after he struck him with stones. I have never seen Monaghan since he was in charge of the police. That was the man who struck the deceased with stones. Richard Bleasby, who had been examined on the former investigation, was re-called and examined by his Worship — He said Dr. Johnson attended the deceased several times at my house, between the Saturday night and Sunday, when he was removed. I was at the inquest. I heard Dr. Johnson's evidence. This was all the evidence that could be produced in the case on behalf of the Crown, Miller, and Dr. Johnson not being able to be produced. The prisoner, on being asked what he had to say in answer to the charge, said to his Worship—" I am no more guilty than you are, sir." Mr Dunne argued that there was no ground for a charge of murder. Even as against Monaghan it would only be manslaughter. The circumstances of the case showed that there was no malice prepense on the part of the prisoner or that he was a participator with Monaghan in what he had done to the deceased. His Worship said the coroner's jury had found a verdict of wilful murder. He should not go behind that verdict, and should therefore commit the prisoner for trial. The prisoner was then committed to take his trial for the wilful murder of John Smith, at the sittings of the Circuit Court at Geelong, on the 10th October.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1855 the publican was Richard Bleasby or Bleasley.[1] (Both spellings are used in the one report)
    • In 1856 the publican's name is given as Blessby in the Geelong, Ballarat and Creswick's Creek Directory.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1856 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 August, p. 2. , viewed 28 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250438759
  2. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.

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