Halfway House Hotel (Hiscocks)

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Halfway House Hotel
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Town Hiscocks
Closed 31 December 1915
Known dates 1877-1915
Other names aka Trezise's Hotel

The Halfway House Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1876-1915.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Halfway House Hotel was in Hiscocks, near Buninyong[1], opposite the Buninyong Cemetery.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was often referred to simply as Trezise's Hotel.


History[edit | edit source]

In September 1876 the hotel was the venue for an inquest into the death of a man who had been drinking at the hotel:

Dr. Sparling, coroner for the district, held an inquest at Hiscocks on Monday, upon the body of Richard Hanley, who was found lying dead on the roadside near the Buninyong Cemetery, on Sunday. Elizabeth Horn deposed that deceased and two other men were drinking at the Half-way House hotel on Saturday night, when he was half -drunk. She supplied him with two nobblers of whisky, but no bottle to carry anything away with him. He left about half-past 8. George Duck and Daniel Housley deposed to finding deceased face downwards on the sand, and a square bottle with some fluid in it. The jury returned a verdict that deceased was found dead at Hiscocks on the morning of 10th September, and they were of opinion the cause of death was exposure to cold whilst under the influence of alcoholic drink.[3]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. Licensing district hearings for hotels on this list were to be held at the Ballarat Supreme Court on 11 May.[1] The hotel was one of about 40 hotels closed by the License Reduction Board and ceased trading at 9.30pm on 31 December 1915.[4] The court paid £237 compensation.[5]

The delicensed hotel was offered for sale in December 1915:

HALF-WAY HOUSE HOTEL. Hiscocks, opposite Buninyong Cemetery THIS DAY. WEDNESDAY. 15th DECEMBER. At 3.30. J.P. WILSON and CO. have received instructions from Ballarat Trustees Executors Co. Ltd., in the estate of James Trezise, deceased, to sell by public auction, Half-Way House Hotel (delicensed), one acre land, with stables, tank, and out-buildings, also three quarter billiard table; also fencing, for removal or otherwise. Must be sold, to wind up the estate. J. P. WILSON, Auctioneer.[2]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

A meeting about the town common was held at the hotel in September 1890:

A meeting was held at Trezise’s hotel, Hiscocks, on Wednesday, to appoint a manager for the Buninyong United Town and Goldfield Common for the ensuing 12 months. Mr John Magor was voted to the chair. Moved by Mr H. Taylor, and seconded by Mr Auchetto —“That Mr James Trezise be appointed manager of the Buninyong United Town and Goldfield Common. Carried unanimously.[6]

Politics[edit | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

Several mining companies held meetings at the hotel including:

  • Imperial Quartz Company:
    • June 1877, half yearly meeting.[8]
    • July 1881, half yearly meeting.[9]
    • July 1889, half yearly meeting.[10]
    • December 1889, half yearly meeting.[11]
    • July 1896, half yearly meeting.[12]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  2. 2.0 2.1 1915 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 15 December, p. 8. (DAILY.), viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75161409
  3. 1876 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 September, p. 2. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199830716
  4. 1915 'DELICENSED', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 04 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241695876
  5. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1578545
  6. 1890 'BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 September, p. 3. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209710725
  7. 1877 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 February, p. 3. , viewed 03 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199827075
  8. 1887 'IMPERIAL QUARTZ COMPANY, BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 June, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207770694
  9. 1881 'IMPERIAL COMPANY, HlSCOCK’S.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 3 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article249275759
  10. 1889 'IMPERIAL QUARTZ MINING COMPANY, HISCOCKS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209454308
  11. 1889 'IMPERIAL COMPANY, BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209577626
  12. 1896 'MINING MEETINGS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 July, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207488417
  13. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833308
  14. 1877 'BUNINYONG LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 26 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282984
  15. 1883 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201620385
  16. 1885 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206305241
  17. 1900 'RENEWALS OF VITUALLERS’ LICENSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 December, p. 3. , viewed 29 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206967598
  18. Wise's Post Office Directory, 1888, Ancestry.com. Australia, City Directories, 1845-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

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