Garibaldi Hotel (Main Road)

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Garibaldi Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Known dates 1873

The Garibaldi Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1873>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Main Street, Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel is probably named after the Italian general, politician and nationalist, Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882).[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1872 a man indecently exposed himself to the landlord's daughter, who was serving drinks at the bar:

INDECENT EXPOSURE.—Ralph Knight, an old man, was charged with having wilfully and obscenely exposed his person on the 2nd instant to a little girl, nine years and seven months old, named Rosalind Gainsborg, at the Garibaldi hotel. The evidence was to the effect that the prisoner went into the hotel in the morning and had a glass of ale, which was served to him by the girl. He was then guilty of the most disgusting conduct towards the child, and was observed through a glass door, by a man Furlong, who was in another part of the house talking to Mr Aaron Gainsborg, the little girl’s brother. The girl then ran in to them, and they followed the prisoner, who went into the Rising Sun hotel, where he was arrested by Senior-constable Cox. On the way to the watchhouse the prisoner offered the constable and Mr Furlong £5 if they would let him go. The prisoner was in the act of buttoning up his trousers when he was arrested. £85 18s 11d was found on his person. Mr O’Dee prosecuted, and Mr M'Donnell defended the prisoner. Mr M'Donnell addressed the court on behalf of the prisoner, and attempted to throw discredit on the girl’s statement. The prisoner, then made a statement, and said he had only felt in his trousers pocket for his purse, and was never guilty of indecent behavior to the little girl. Mr Gaunt said in the whole course of his experience he never remembered a more gross case haying been brought before him, or a case in which the charge had been more distinctly proved. In most of these cases the facts were sworn to by children alone. In this case the girl was a remarkably intelligent child, and apparently well educated and brought up, although from the fact of her father being a hotelkeeper, she might have had undue facilities for seeing that which was wrong and improper. If the case had rested on her evidence alone he might have had some doubt as to the conviction of the man. But in this case there could be no doubt as to the evidence of the man, Furlong. He said that the man made some improper motions, and then that he saw him through the glass door perform an act of gross indecency. There could be no possible doubt with respect to this man’s evidence, and no suspicion could be thrown upon him. He was sure that anything he could say to the prisoner would have very little effect upon him, and he also felt some difficulty as to the punishment he would inflict upon him. The law gave the police-magistrate power to order flogging in these cases, and the prisoner was an old man, but still apparently hale and hearty. He was not a tap-room loafer, and because he was a man who held a respectable position, and might be respectably connected, he would not shrink from his duty by not ordering him to be flogged. Mr O’Dee said it was the wish of the prosecutor in this case that the prisoner should not be flogged, on account of his age. Mr Gaunt said that only a few days ago the Chief Justice sentenced a man whose years were as great as the prisoner’s to a long term of imprisonment, and also to be once flogged. The punishment he had intended to give the prisoner before him was six months’ imprisonment, and two floggings of 25 lashes each with the cat-o’-nine-tails; but in consideration of the wish of the prosecution, he would only order the prisoner to be imprisoned and kept to hard labor for nine months. The prisoner was then removed, and shortly after Mr M’Donnell gave notice of appeal.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 24 May 2017,
  2. Wikipedia contributors. "Giuseppe Garibaldi." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 18 May. 2017. Web. 24 May. 2017.
  3. 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 May, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jun 2021,

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