Golden Fleece Hotel (Main Road)

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Golden Fleece Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Known dates 1864-1869

The Golden Fleece Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1864-1869>.

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The hotel was in Main Road, Ballarat. In 1865 it was described as being on the corner of Victoria Street and Humffray Street.[1]

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History[edit | edit source]

In June 1864, Alfred Haysom applied for the license:

TO the Bench of Magistrates, Ballarat East- I, ALFRED HAYSON, tailor, now residing in Ballarat East, in this district, do hereby give notice of my intention to apply to the justices sitting at the Court of Petty Sessions, to be held at the Police Court, on the 1st day of July, 1864, for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License, for a house situated in Humffray street, Ballarat East ; brick house, three sitting-rooms, four bedrooms, bar, exclusive of those for the use of family. Licensed before as the Golden Fleece ; rented from R. and S. Gibbs. Dated at Ballarat East 16th June, 1864. ALFRED HAYSOM.[2]

In October 1865 a man was gaoled for stealing a bottle of gin at the hotel:

A GIN-DRINKING THIEF.—A colored man calling himself Abraham Robins was charged with having stolen a bottle of gin from the Golden Fleece hotel, corner of Humffray and Victoria streets. The prisoner did not exactly plead guilty to the charge; he however admitted that he took the gin from behind the counter in order to take a drink, but before he had an opportunity of tasting it the landlord of the hotel took it from him. Mr Alfred Haysom, the landlord, deposed that he missed a bottle of gin from behind the bar, and as it had not been sold, and the prisoner was alone in the bar at the time, he at once accused him of having taken it, but he denied any knowledge of it. Witness proceeded to search him, and was nearly giving the search up as unsuccessful when he felt the bottle underneath the arm of the prisoner, who until then strongly denied ever having seen it. This version of the ease was widely different from that told by the prisoner, and the latter was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment.[1]

In May 1866 a woman was charged for her behaviuor at the hotel:

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE.-Caroline Gorey, charged with having made use of abusive language to Mr Haysom, landlord of the Golden Fleece hotel, was fined 10s.[3]

The Fire Brigade celebrated at the hotel in November 1866:

The Ballarat Fire Brigade held their tenth anniversary last night, and sat down to a cold collation at Haysom's Hotel, after a very interesting afternoon's practice. The mayor of Ballarat and the police magistrate were present.[4]

The hotel was operated by a member of the Druid's Lodge, Alfred Haysom:

The first Druids Lodge in Ballarat was opened at Haysom’s Golden Fleece hotel Main road, on the 2nd April, 1867.[5]

In July 1867 a man tried selling a stolen clock to the publican:

STEALING A CLOCK, — William Wilkins was charged with having stolen a clock. The clock was one of those octagonal framed ones fixed to walls. As no owner had been found, a difficulty arose, the prisoner claiming the clock as his own. Mr Haysom, of the Golden Fleece hotel, proved an offer by the prisoner of the clock for sale. A remand was ordered.[6]

STEALING A CLOCK.—William Milkins was charged with having stolen a clock of the value of about £1 from the office of Mr Henry Clarke, at the Border Saw Mills, Bungaree. The prisoner, a respectable-looking laboring man, was not employed at the mill, but he had been frequently seen in its vicinity both before and after the theft. The clock had been abstracted through one of the weatherboards in the wall having been pulled down, and it was identified in court by one of the men employed at the mill. It had been pawned by the prisoner with Mr Hamburgher, of Humffray street, for the sum of 3s, the prisoner giving the name of Johnstone. He had previously offered it for sale to Mr Haysom, of the Golden Fleece hotel, but Mr Haysom refused to purchase it, and suspecting that he had not come honestly by it gave information to the police, when the prisoner was followed and arrested in the Tariff hotel, nearly opposite to the pawn shop. The prisoner wished to have Mr Clarke examined as to the ownership of the clock, and the case was accordingly remanded until Friday.[7]

In August 1867, Haysom beleived he had caught a man stealing from one of his customers:

STEALING FROM THE PERSON.—John Healey was charged with having stolen a purse, containing a small sum of money, from the person of one James O'Brien. It appeared from the evidence of Mr Haysom, landlord of the Golden Fleece hotel, that the men came into the bar and had some drink, and whilst they were standing together at the bar the prisoner put his hand in the prosecutor's pocket and abstracted the purse, together with a handkerchief, a knife, &c. The prisoner likewise shook the silver from the purse and put the purse in his boot. Seeing what had occurred, Mr Haysom very properly gave the prisoner into custody; but it now appeared that the men were old friends, and on that account the prosecutor declined to press the case. Such being the case, the prisoner was discharged.[8]

In April 1869 the hotel had a lucky escape when the shop next door caught fire. Quick action from the publican saved the hotel:

The premises of Mr M. L. White, fancy goods importer, Main road, had a narrow escape of being destroyed by fire on Thursday night. Mr White and his family were away at the theatre, only one man being left on the premises, At about ten minutes to eleven o'clock smoke was seen issuing from the shop, and Mr Haysom, the keeper of the hotel next door, with Mr Heard, of the earthenware shop opposite, immediately burst open the door of Mr White's shop, and discovered the front portion to be in flames. Some buckets of water were soon procured, and the fire was extinguished before much damage was done. The Eastern fire-bell rang a few seconds after the fire was seen, and almost before the last stroke of the bell was given, some twenty men had turned out, and had a hose-reel ready for work opposite Mr White's shop. The fire by that time, however, had been got under. There seems to be a slight mystery as to the cause of the fire, and an excessively stupid individual, who says he was sleeping in a cart behind the house, does not seem to be able to give much explanation. He was of opinion that some person who was in the shop threw a lighted match, by accident, upon some brown paper that happened to be lying next the gas-metre, under the window. The gas happened to be turned on, although the shop was shut, and the lighted paper is supposed to have melted the gas-pipe, and so caused the fire. The damage is estimated at about £10, some small boxes of fancy goods having been scorched, and the windows in the door broken. Part of the flooring is also charred. It is fortunate the fire occurred at so early an hour, else the damage might have been much more serious.[9]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • United Ancient Order of Druids, 22 April 1867, special meeting, at Brother Haysom's Golden Fleece Hotel.[10]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 October, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 4. , viewed 08 Nov 2022,
  3. 1866 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 May, p. 3. , viewed 08 Nov 2022,
  4. 1866 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 November, p. 5. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  5. 1890 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 June, p. 1. (Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924)), viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  6. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 July, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  7. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 July, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  8. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 August, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  9. 9.0 9.1 1869 'The Ballarat Star.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 April, p. 2. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,
  10. 1867 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 April, p. 3. , viewed 06 Nov 2022,
  11. 1868 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 June, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2022,

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