Elizabeth Stevens Spargo

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Elizabeth Stevens Spargo
Born Elizabeth Stevens Spargo
Occupation Publican
Hotel keeper
Years active 1900-1914
Known for Star Hotel (Creswick)
Broomfield Gully Hotel
Town Hall Hotel Creswick
Home town Broomfield
Spouse(s) Alexander Chalmers

Elizabeth Stevens Spargo was a publican in the Ballarat district, <1900s>.

History[edit | edit source]

Elizabeth Stevens Spargo was born in Creswick in 1868, the daughter of James and Emma Spargo who ran the Broomfield Gully Hotel.[1]

In 1901 she married a bookmaker, Alex Chalmers.[2]

In July 1910 Elizabeth successfully divorced her husband on the grounds of cruelty, drunkenness and desertion:

CHALMERS V CHALMERS A DRUNKEN AND CRUEL HUSBAND. WIFE GRANTED A DECREE. Elizabeth S. Chalmers sought a divorce from Alexander Chalmers, bookmaker on the grounds of desertion, cruelty, and habitual drunkenness. Mr. Herbert Barrett, instructed by Mr T. Robinson, appeared for the petitioner. Elizabeth S. Chalmers said, she married Alex Chalmers in 1901. Up to that time she had been assisting her mother in her hotel in Armstrong street.. Her husband was a bookmaker. He used to drink and promised to reform but failed to do so. When they were at the hotel in Broomfield...(unreadable)...drunken condition; and the police had to be called in. This sort of thing was repeated several times, and petitioner eventually confided with her mother. When they were living, in Ballarat and Creswick, where they had the Star hotel, she frequently reproved respondent for his habits. She lodged some money with him, hut he lost it at the Miners’ races. He pawned her diamond ring, and spent the £4 which she gave him to keep the pawn-ticket alive. At Creswick he used to knock her about, and her brother often interfered. She had to give up the hotel at Creswick because of his drunken habits, and they then lived in South street, where the same thing went on. She used to sleep on the floor, under her brother’s bed, to keep away from him. Ultimately she left him, and went to her mother’s for protection. While she was in Creswick she offered to give him £1 a week to live in Ballarat, but he refused.
Catherine Mitchell, married woman, living, at Broomfield, gave evidence that Mrs Chalmers had come to her to keep out of her husband’s way. Mrs Chalmers had shown her bruises on her arms, which she said had been caused by her husband. Henry Stephen Spargo, brother of the petitioner, said he had seen the respondent strike his wife. Witness had to defend her. He was continually drunk when at Creswick. Herbert Spargo, barman, of West Melbourne, gave evidence that he lived at the Broomfield hotel for a time, and saw much of the respondent. The latter had a very filthy tongue, and petitioner, used to sleep in the outhouses to escape him. On one occasion he had to run barefooted for a constable to quieten the respondent, who had attacked the petitioner. His Honor granted an order nisi on the grounds of drunkenness and desertion.[2]

In 1913 she is listed as the publican of the Broomfield hotel.[3]

The hotel was destroyed by fire on 23 October 1913:

ALLENDALE. — Spargo's Broomfield Gully Hotel, containing 11 rooms, was, with its contents, totally destroyed by fire about 1.30 a.m. on Thursday. Miss E. Spargo, the licensee, was awakened by a crackling noise. She found one of the rooms enveloped in flames, and she barely bad time to escape. Nothing whatever was saved. The premises and furniture were insured.[4]

In February 1914, she made an application to transfer the license of the Town Hall Hotel in Creswick from Margaret Carter. It was struck out as they had not given seven days notice of the application.[5]

In June 1914 she was the publican of the Town Hall Hotel in Creswick, but applied to transfer the license to her brother, Luke Spargo on grounds of ill health:

Mr Berriman, P.M., presided over the licencing court yesterday morning, when an application was made by Elizabeth S. Spargo, licencee of the Town Hall hotel, that her brother Luke Spargo be allowed to carry on the business for three months. The applicant did not appear, being at present seriously indisposed, and Dr C. D. Russell certified to same, also that it was probable that she would be unable to carry on business for three months. The application was granted.[6]

In 1915 she is listed as a hotel keeper at the Town Hall Hotel in Creswick.[7]

In 1916 her address is given as the Peoples' Palace, Lydiard Street.[8]

Elizabeth died in Ballarat in 1926.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1868, Ref. No. 8240.
  2. 2.0 2.1 1910 'CHALMERS V CHALMERS', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 July, p. 2. , viewed 28 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216368416
  3. 1913 Australia Electoral Roll, Ballaarat, Creswick
  4. 1913 'FIRES.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 24 October, p. 11. , viewed 25 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196231466
  5. 1914 'THE CRESWICK ADVERTISER', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 27 February, p. 2. , viewed 24 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119517111
  6. 1914 'THE CRESWICK ADVERTISER', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 5 June, p. 2. , viewed 28 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119518285
  7. 1915 Australian Electoral Roll, Ballaarat, Creswick
  8. 1916 Australian Electoral Roll, Ballaarat, Ballaarat
  9. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1926, Ref. No. 8240

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