Flying Buck Hotel

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Flying Buck Hotel
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Town Springmount
Known dates 1860-1891

The Flying Buck Hotel was a hotel in Springmount, Victoria, <1860-1891>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Springmount.[1] In 1862 the location was given as Spring Hill, which is the name of the hill above Springmount.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel and its history were mentioned in a guide to the district published in 1937:

Next in the charmed circle appears Spring Hill, with its intriguing touches or hints of alpine scenery, especially where the main road descends from the Flying Buck Hotel to Creswick. Motorists are greatly impressed by the beauty of the landscape sloping down from the dome of the extinct volcano. The hostelry was so named by the original owner, Mr. John F. Creati, to indicate his appreciation of the speed of a wonderful horse, which enabled him to build it.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was auctioned on 29 May 1860:

FLYING BUCK HOTEL. SPRING HILL. J. S. CARVER will sell by auction, this day, Tuesday, 29th May, immediately after the Government Land Sale, say at one o'clock, at Anthony's American Hotel, Creswick, THE FLYING BUCK HOTEL, ON THE TELEGRAPH LINE OF ROAD TO CASTLEMAINE.[4]

In March 1862, two local men thought they were threatened by bushrangers, who turned out to be road contractors angry that they were riding through new roadworks:

The Creswick correspondent of the Star; writing on Wednesday, states that great excitement was created at that place on the preceding night by a gentleman, a resident in that town, riding into it in furious haste and stating that himself and another gentleman had been stuck up about half-past seven in the evening near the Flying Buck Hotel, on the Spring Hill road, by two desperate looking fellows, splendidly mounted and well armed. He attributed his escape to the swiftness of his horse, having when told to go into the bush clapped spurs into his horse and rode as if a seat in the Legislature was to be the reward of his speed. The other gentleman also arrived, minus his hat, said to be knocked off by the bushrangers. The police were out scouring the country in search of the desperadoes, but without success. It turned out that the supposed bushrangers were Mr M'Donald (a road contractor) and another man. If these contractors are engaged on a piece of road, and do not wish any traffic on it, they should post a notice to that effect, or put up a couple of forks and lay a rail across them, but they are not justified in coming up to peaceable travellers who have trespassed unintentionally, roaring out to them to go into the bush, and using threats and abusive language.[5]

In May 1863, Duncan Stewart, who had been drinking at the hotel, died after falling from his horse on his way down the hill.[6]

In January 1865 there was a New Year's Day race meeting opposite the hotel, and the landlord entered his horse:

On Saturday, the following races in Mr Coffey's paddock, opposite the Flying Buck Hotel, Spring Hill, caused rather a large attendance of people. The first race - Mile heats - for a saddle and bridle; second horse to have the bridle, caused ten entries. The saddle was won by Mr B. Wilson's Creeping Jane, and the bridle by Mr Greville. Second race one mile, for £20, between Mr Bragg's Judy and Mr Creati's Flying Doe, was a dead heat. Judy was ahead coming in to the winning post, but the superior riding of E. Bateman landed Doe at the last stride so as to make it a dead heat. The third race between Mr R. Little's pony and Mr Create's Flying Doe for £10, was won by the latter. The fourth race, for a saddle and pair of spurs, mile heats, four entries, was won by Mr Wright's Jew Boy.[7]

In April 1883, Thomas Childs was murdered, stabbed through the chest with a pitchfork not long after leaving the hotel. John Fraipont was found guilty of the murder. The hotel landlord was a witness at the trial in July 1883:

John Francis Creati, the landlord of the Flying Buck Hotel, Spring Mount, deposed that he saw Childs last about ten minutes to twelve o'clock on the night of the 14th April. The deceased was then sober, and no one left the house with him. William Quick deposed to the direction taken by deceased after leaving the Flying Buck Hotel.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1862 and 1863 the publican's license was granted to John Francis Creati.[2]
    • In January 1865 the license was granted to J. F. Creati.[9]
    • In December 1886 the publican was F. Creati.[1]
    • In January 1891, Creati was fined £5 for having the door leading into bar open on Sunday.[10]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 May 2016,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1862 'CRESWICK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 June, p. 3. , viewed 31 May 2017,
  3. 1937 'KOOROOCHEANG', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 14 August, p. 9. , viewed 31 Jan 2022,
  4. 1860 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 May, p. 3. , viewed 20 Dec 2018,
  5. 1862 'CURRENT TOPICS.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 28 March, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jan 2022,
  6. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 19 May, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jan 2022,
  7. 1865 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 January, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jan 2022,
  8. 1883 'AN OLD MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER.', Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), 17 July, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jan 2022,
  9. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 January, p. 4. , viewed 18 Nov 2018,
  10. 1891 'CRESWICK NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 January, p. 3. , viewed 13 Jun 2019,

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