Eugene Bourdet

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Eugene Bourdet
Born 1825
Occupation Publican
Years active 1873-1883
Known for Prince Alfred Hotel
Eagle Hotel
Imperial Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Ellen Donohue

Eugene Bourdet was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1873-1883.

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Bourdet was born in France in 1825.[1] In 1861 he married Ellen Donohue in Victoria.[2]

In March 1873 he was granted the license in lieu of transfer for the Eagle Hotel in Armstrong Street, Ballarat. In June 1873 the license for Prince Alfred Hotel in Sturt Street was granted to Bourdet in lieu of transfer.[3] He transferred the licence to James P. Hickey in October 1873.[4] He then took over the license of the Imperial Hotel in Armstrong Street.[5]

He was publican of the Imperial Hotel, and was about to transfer his license to the Lusitania Hotel in 1883:

DETERMINED SUICIDE AT BALLARAT. (BY TELEGRAPH.) (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) BALLARAT, Friday A most determined suicide took place this evening at Black-hill. Mr. Eugene Bourdet, a Frenchman, and late licensee of the Imperial Hotel in Armstrong-street, was seen walking about the locality of the Devil's Point mine during the afternoon, and between four and five o'clock a lad found his body hanging from a beam in the braceman's shelter box. Three broken leather belts were found on the floor, leading to the belief that the unfortunate man had made several unsuccessful attempts to end his life. When cut down the body was warm, but life had been extinct some time. No cause whatever can be assigned for the act. Mr Bourdet was to have taken possession of the Lusitania Hotel the same afternoon, and had made an appointment to meet his wife at four o'clock. He was believed to be in very good circumstances, and attended several mining meetings during the week.[6]

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  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1883, Ref No. 258, Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  2. Australian Marriage Index, Victoria 1861, Ref No. 1503, Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  3. 1873 'QUARTERLY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Mar 2020,
  4. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 October, p. 4, viewed 6 October, 2015,
  5. 1882 'CITY LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Jan 2018,
  6. 1883 'DETERMINED SUICIDE AT BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 3 February, p. 12. , viewed 05 Oct 2016,

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