Hart's Hotel

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Hart's Hotel
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Town Eganstown
Closed 31 December 1915
Known dates 1901-1916

Hart's Hotel was a hotel at Eganstown, Victoria, <1901-1915.

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The hotel was in Eganstown.[1]

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History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on a list to be considered for closing by the License Reduction Board, and a hearing was held in March 1915:

HART'S HOTEL, EGANSTOWN. Mr Bromfield appeared for the owner and licensee (Maurice Luminati). Supt. Bennett stated that he inspected the hotel on January 18. There were 14 rooms, three, of which were bedrooms for the public. It was poorly furnished, and was of wood, very old. The trade was purely local, and there was not much accommodation for tourists available. It was more a dance house than any thing else, a thing he had strong objections to. By Mr Bromfield: I have a strong objection to dancing at the Bridge Hotel also. The applications for dancing were made frequently by local residents- I only know of skating being carried on at the Bridge Hotel. I understand that there is another hall apart from the hotel available The Bridge is a better house, better rooms, and better furnished. There a big, roomy bar at Luminati's. Constable Strain gave evidence simlar to that given in the previous case. The Foresters' Hall was not half as big as Luminati s Hall. He did not think there was any real difference in the position of any of the hotels in Eganstown. The National Hotel was about as handy as any of them.

Mr Ruddle stated that he had a lodge at Eganstown, and as a matter of convenience he used Lumimati's Hotel, where the licensee made him very comfortable. He had about 40 members of the lodge on his list. He did not think himself competent to judge as to the number of hotels at Eganstown, but he did not think those there did any harm. There was a good spring just opposite the hotel, but it was undeveloped. If an enterprising individual or firm exploited the springs the place might be as popular as Hepburn. Patrick Kelly considered Luminati'sHotel equal to any other there. He considered the future of mining there, very bright, as he backed it up by putting his hard-earned money into it. Maurice Luminati, owner and licensee, stated that he had been at the hotel eight years as licensee, and owned the place for 14 years. His trade was a general one. The average persons staying at night were two a week, with more in the tourist season, when he had six or seven. There was a cricket and a football ground adjoining the hotel. The hall attached to the hotel was 54ft. by 22ft. It was used for charitable purposes. By Supt. Bennett: Football was played there two years ago, and cricket four years ago. There are no clubs there at present.

Jeremiah Sullivan said he visited the hotel pretty regularly. (Laughter.) He favored the hotel because it was better known than any of the others. He left £3 per week else where to come to Eganstown and go prospecting. He unearthed one spring down near the Cemetery. (Loud laugher.) Cecil Norman, miner, thought the hotel a convenience. Maurice Griffiths, - mine manager did not consider the hotel necessary. As he said before; he thought only Pescia's National Hotel necessary. John Egan, farmer, thought the National Hotel the most convenient of the four for the forest traffic and pedestrians. Joseph James, miner, said Luminati's Hotel was required, as were all the others, on account of the bright future of the place. Decision was reserved.[2]

Hart's Hotel at Eganstown was delicensed in 1915, and the court paid £250 compensation to the owner.[1] The licensee received £40.[3]

Two months after the closure, the hotel was allowed to reopen as a wine shop:

FRANKLIN DISTRICT LICENSING COURT (Before Dr Cole, Messrs. Notley Moore and Read Murphy L.M.'s) Australian Wine License. Erina Luminatti, represented by Mr Bromefild, applied for a wine license at Eganstown, known as Hart's Hotel. The application was made by the wife of the owner of the premises Morris Luminatti. The premises are valued at £45. When it was an hotel it was the meeting place of a lodge. There is also a hall in connection with it. Since the closing of the hotel, there was no chance of those who used the premise for duty or social functions, to have a little refreshment. It had been the policy of the Government's to encourage grape growing and the wine industry., A wine expert was sent round to show growers how to grow the best grapes and make the best wine. Surely then it should encourage the sale of the resultant wines. Other places in Daylesford had received wine licences which were not better, if as well, qualified for one as this. No objection had been made to the application, though one had been raised up the form of a petition against the adjourned application. Superintendent Bennet presented a petition against the application. Erina Luminatti, Eganstown, was applicant for the licence. Her property was valued by the shire valuer at £45. There were4 rooms in the house, and there was a public hall let for social functions, etc. The Forester's Lodge, about 20 strong, met there. Dr Ruddle also saw his patients there. Her husband was mining at present. She thought a wine license would meet a requirement. There were about 400 people within a two mile radius.

By Superintendent Bennett: Mayson's Hotel was nearest to her premises—about a quarter of a mile distance. There were two churches about half a mile away, and a school further away still. Two or three dances were held there last year. She served mostly herself. She couldn't say how much wine she had sold last year. She could not say how many men were engaged in mining within a mile of the premises. She would have sold more wine if she had had only a wine license. Morris Luminatti corroborated the preceding evidence. He was not applying in his own name, because he was in bad health so far as to go down below mining. He could do some thing on the surface, and his wife could make a few shillings to help to bring up a young family. There were many Swiss and others who drank wine, and young fellows liked a wine shandy. There was a cricket ground near the premises. Daniel Sullivan gave evidence as to the good quality of the wine always kept by Luminatti. Superintendent Bennett knew the locality. It was well provided with hotels both going to Ballarat and coming this way. At first he raised no objection. Since a petition had arrived, and now he opposed it. By Mr Bromfield: There was no objection to Southwood's. He did not object to Coomoora.

Samuel Menadue, miner, lived at Eganstown for 50 years. Within 2 miles there were less than 120 adults. He had signed the petition against the application. There were 17 signatories, 7 were ratepayers. There was a school, and several churches in the vicinity. By Mr Bromfield: He was a temperance man. He was certain Mr Mayson had had nothing to do with the petition. The sentiment of the community impelled him to get up the petition. There were four of his own family on the petition. Mayson's would be better closed also. The influence is against the children and young men of the community. Wine shops gave chances of sly grog selling. The police didn't do their duty.

James Strain, constable, said he did not know that a wine license was not wanted. It was a matter of opinion. Mr Notley Moore said the license would be granted. A large percentage of the population were Italians and Swiss.[4]

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  • In December 1914 Maurice Luminati was granted the license for a fee of £45.[5]
  • In March 1915 the owner and publican was Maurice Luminati. In evidence at the license hearing he stated he held the license since c.1907, and had owned the hotel since c. 1901.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 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
  2. 2.0 2.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 13 March, p. 3. , viewed 30 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119534989
  3. 1915 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 20 September, p. 6. (DAILY.), viewed 07 May 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75149569
  4. 1916 'FRANKLIN DISTRICT LICENSING COURT.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 10 February, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119539553
  5. 1914 'DAYLESFORD LICENSING COURT', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 8 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119529999

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