Forest Hotel

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Forest Hotel
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Town Bullarook later Clarkes Hill
Known dates 1860-1891

The Forest Hotel was a hotel at Bullarook, Victoria, <1860-1891`>.

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The hotel was at Bullarook.[1] In 1863 the location was described as Bungaree. In 1869 the location was detailed as Gravel Hill, Bungaree.[2] In 1885 the location was give as Clark's Hill.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

In 1867 the hotel was described as a substantial structure of 12 rooms including a store and post office on half an acre of land.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

In April 1864 a man died after being stabbed during a fight in the bar:

MANSLAUGHTER. On Tuesday, the District Coroner held an inquest at the White Hart Hotel, Ballarat, on the remains of Henry Biggs, who died on the day before in the Ballarat District Hospital, and whose death was caused by hemorrhage from a wound wilfully inflicted on the deceased by William Milkin, on the 19th of March last, at the Forest Hotel, parish of Bungaree. These were also the terms of the verdict arrived at by the jury. William Henry Foster, police magistrate, deposed that on the 8th of April he took the dying depositions of the deceased. The prisoner, William Milkin, was present when witness took the depositions, and was the person accused of stabbing the deceased.

The following is the deposition of Henry Biggs:- "I am a labourer residing on the Moorabool River. I know the prisoner William Milkin. I was in his company on the 19th of March last, at a public house at the American Saw Mills, Bullarook. The prisoner and myself had some angry words. This was in the afternoon. We were speaking of a fire which happened at the place of a man named Langdon. He (the prisoner) spoke first, and I afterwards. I cannot recollect the exact words used, but I remember that the prisoner called me a liar. I then struck him, but not violently. I do not recollect upon what part of his body. "We were then standing in the bar of the public-house. I then went out. The prisoner followed me about ten minutes afterwards. He came up to me. Neither of us spoke a word. The prisoner struck me under the arm. He was standing at my side when he struck me. I could not see with what he struck me, but I fell down. I have no remembrance of anything that happened afterwards. I never to my knowledge saw the prisoner before the day when this happened. I have stated all that occurred between the prisoner and myself, which could cause him to strike me. I believe neither of us were sober, but I was not drunk. I knew what I was doing and saying, and I believe the prisoner did also. I first knew I was wounded on the morning of the following day (Sunday) when I found myself lying on a sofa in the public house, I have not the slightest doubt that the blow the prisoner struck me under the arm caused the wound. (Cross-examined by the prisoner)—I do not remember of accusing you of burning the place (Langdon's) down. I cannot swear whether I did accuse you or not. I don't remember Mrs Langdon telling me that you or Michael Kidney knew how the fire happened. "I don't remember knocking you down three times. I do not remember seeing any blood on you after my striking you. I do not remember whether you said 'I cannot fight as I have a wound from a stab on my back.'"

Charles Kelway Bamber, publican, Bungaree, deposed that he was proprietor of the Forest Hotel. He never saw the deceased before the 19th of March, at about one o'clock p.m. He came into witness' house in company with the prisoner Milkin, and with Longden and Mickey from the gums. The latter—- Mickey—called for drinks, and they, remained in the bar and house until four o'clock. The deceased and prisoner had words about a fire. Witness heard the deceased say to the prisoner "You are a pretty -- to burn a poor man's house down." Both were sober. The deceased and Milkin returned in about ten minutes. They had a drink each. Biggs again spoke to the prisoner about burning the place down, calling him names for doing so. Deceased struck the prisoner two or three times with his fist. The prisoner then took off his coat to fight the deceased, after which there was a standing fight between them. Blows passed and the prisoner was knocked down, and remained down. The deceased tried to lift the prisoner to fight him again. Witness then interfered, and put the deceased into his store. The prisoner remained in the bar. Witness heard the prisoner had a knife, and went and saw him with his hand in his pocket. Witness desired him to leave the house, but he did not go. About ten minutes afterwards the prisoner went into the store where the deceased was, and was standing up by the outside door. Witness heard the deceased swear at him, and at the same time he went over to the prisoner, and struck him with his fist on the body. The prisoner did not strike the deceased. The deceased went outside through the door, and soon after witness saw the prisoner draw an open knife (similar to that now produced) out of his pocket, and make a rush at the deceased, and with his right hand, in which he had the knife, strike the deceased under his left arm. Witness only saw one blow struck. The deceased then came into the store with blood running down his arm. He then sat down in the store, and immediately fell down on the floor in a faint. The prisoner went away, and I did not see him again until in the Police Court. On examining the deceased, witness found that he was stabbed in the left armpit. Witness then sent for Mr Walpole, and sent information of the matter to the police. Milking was present all the time about the place, but he was drunk and getting quarrelsome. It was Longden's house that was burnt down on St Patrick's night. Witness believed he was mates with the deceased. On remonstrating with deceased about quarrelling with the prisoner, he told witness in the presence of the prisoner that he (the prisoner) was dogging him about, and that he had confessed to him (the deceased) that he had burned the house. Witness did not hear the prisoner make any reply to the deceased when he told witness this. It was just outside the verandah of the house that the deceased was stabbed. When the prisoner was knocked down in the bar witness told the deceased that he was not able to fight. The deceased and the prisoner were, in the opinion of the witness, sober.

James Jones, a blacksmith, Bungaree, gave corroborative evidence: On the occurrence of a second row, he heard the prisoner say he would not fight, but he was bound to protect himself, and at the same time he drew an open knife, rushed at the deceased, and struck him with the knife. Witness saw three blows, and immediately afterwards the deceased held out his arm and blood poured down his arm like as out of a teapot. They were a little the worse for liquor.

W. Henry Walpole, farmer, in the parish of Bungaree, educated for the medical profession, but not practising unless called upon in a case of necessity or urgency, deposed to being called to attend upon the deceased. He at first refused to go, but being pressed went, and found the deceased lying on the floor of the bar, in a state of collapse from extreme hemorrhage. The collapse was great, approaching death. There was an incised wound on the left thigh, penetrating the integuments. Witness found another punctured wound on the posterior side of the left axilla. Its depth witness did not try. He administered stimulants and applied hot fomentations to the lower extremities. The deceased rallied, and the hemorrhage recurred. Witness plugged up the axilla, causing pressure on the artery, He advised the deceased being removed to the Ballarat District Hospital, if they moved him at all. Witness saw him again next day (Sunday), at Bamber's Hotel. The deceased had then rallied, as the hemorrhage had ceased. The pulse was about 60.

Patrick Clarke, constable of police, deposed that on the 19th of March he went to the Yankee Saw Mill, and saw the deceased lying in the bar stained all over with blood. On going to the mill he met the prisoner coming towards the police station, and a mile from it, with the knife, now before the jury, open in his hand. Witness asked the prisoner if that was the knife with which he had stabbed the man, and he said it was. He told witness not to shut it—that it should be open. There was blood on it. The prisoner appeared to be sober, and witness was under the impression that he was coming to the station to deliver himself up.

William Philip Whitcombe, surgeon, deposed as follows:- I attended the deceased Henry Biggs. He was admitted to the Ballarat District Hospital on the 29th ult. He was suffering from two small incised wounds, one on the left thigh and the other on the left arm pit. He seemed to have lost a great deal of blood and was very weak. The wound in the arm pit was small but deep, and was directed upwards and somewhat forward. It might have been inflicted by a pen-knife. He went on well till Saturday, 7th April, when the armpit swelled, and there was a good deal of swelling below the collarbone. On probing the wound some pus came away and he was relieved, but about seven p.m. a very considerable bleeding took place. Means proper for its arrest were at once adopted, and on the following morning the main artery was tied by Dr Holthouse. He then went on very well till the 14th, when more bleeding took place, but was easily controlled. He then went on well till Sunday morning, 24th April, when more bleeding took place. This was stopped by plugging the wound, but it came on again more violently at about seven p.m., and though it was arrested again yet he sank, and died at about one o'clock on Monday morning. I have made a post mortem examination of the body, and found the wound on the thigh nearly healed. The wound in the armpit through which the bleeding took place, was very unhealthy, and communicated with a considerable space, from which the structures seem to have been destroyed and removed by sloughing. In this space the axillary artery was seen, and the subscapular artery, leading from it. The subclavian artery was obliterated at the point where the ligature had been applied. The subscapular artery had a wound in it about a third of an inch long—evidently of long standing; but I am unable to state whether the result of injury or of sloughing. From the direction of the original wound I incline to the belief that this wound of the vessel was caused by the injury at first, but enlarged subsequently by sloughing. I could find no other wounded vessel from which such bleeding could have taken place. I am of opinion that death was caused by exhaustion from excessive hemorrhage, resulting from a wound of the subscapular artery, caused either directly or indirectly by the injury which produced the wound in the armpit. The prisoner was removed under the coroner's warrant.[5]

The hotel was sold in 1867 to recover money owed by Charles Kelway Bamber after becoming insolvent:

FRIDAY, 21st JUNE. RARE OPPORTUNITY. ABSOLUTE SALE of HOTEL AND STORE. In the Insolvent Estate of CHAS. K. BAMBER of Bullarook, Publican and Storekeeper. With the Concurrence of the Mortgagee. ALEXR. KELLY has received instructions from Mr MITCHISON to sell by auction, on the above named day, on the premises, near the Border Saw Mills, Bullarook, Without Reserve, Lot 1—That capacious and well known Property, the FOREST HOTEL and STORE, substantially built, and containing bar, sitting, and bedrooms, store, well fitted, and containing in all 12 apartments, built on a half acre of land, securely fenced, with stabling, and outhouses attached. The above is also used as a post-office at £20 per annum., and in the hands of an energetic person is a certain fortune. Also, the whole of the STOCK-IN-TRADE, consisting of— Teas, sugars, oilmen's stores, haberdashery, boots and shoes, furniture and fittings. Two horses, express waggons, harness, saddlery, dray, pigs, fowls, and a quantity of sundries too numerous to particularise. Sale at Twelve o'clock sharp. Terms—For buildings, Easy, declared at sale : for stock—Cash. Full particulars to be obtained at the office of the Official Assignee, Lydiard street, Ballarat.[4]

The publican was fined in September 1889:

Thomas Parkinson (inspector of licensing districts) v Michael Delahunty, permitting a drunken person to be in and upon his licensed premises, to wit, the Forest hotel, at Clark’s Hill; fined 40s, costs 13s.[6]

Delahunty as fined again in November 1891:

Richard Hamilton, inspector of licensing districts, Michael Delahunty, Selling liquor on his licensed premises, the Forest hotel, Clark’s Hill, on a Sunday. The charge Was proved by Constable Shaw. Defendant was unable to attend through illness, but sent a letter admitting the sale, and stating that the liquor was only supplied upon the representation that it was urgently required for a case of sickness. Fined 40s, costs 10s. A further charge of wilfully delaying admittance to the police was withdrawn by the inspector.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • Community meeting, March 1869, to discuss ways of preventing bushfires and to raise funds for relief of those whose property was destroyed.[8]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1860 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 4 October, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 28 October, 2015,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1869 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 October, p. 4. , viewed 09 Jun 2019,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1885 'LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Apr 2019,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1867 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jan 2020,
  5. 1864 'MANSLAUGHTER.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 28 April, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jan 2020,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1889 'BUNGAREE POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 September, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jan 2020,
  7. 7.0 7.1 1891 'BUNGAREE POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 November, p. 1. , viewed 03 Jan 2020,
  8. 1869 'BUSH FIRES IN BULLAROOK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 March, p. 4. , viewed 03 Jan 2020,
  9. 1863 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 August, p. 4. , viewed 01 Oct 2017,
  10. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Apr 2018,
  11. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 3. , viewed 21 Mar 2021,
  12. 1884 'BUNGAREE POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 December, p. 4. , viewed 13 May 2021,

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