Iona Hotel (Smythesdale Road)

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Iona Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Smythesdale Road
Known dates 1864-1875
Demolished Removed by 1883

The Iona Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1864-1875>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the Smythesdale Road.[1] In April 1868 the hotel was described as being near Sutton Street:

From the secretary of the Winter's Freehold Gold Mining Company, requesting the council to take into consideration the making of Sutton street, from the Hand and Band claim to the Iona hotel, Smythesdale road.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In January 1864 the council approved the construction of three miles of road, starting near the hotel.[3] In August 1865 the council arranged for the road to be maintained:

The report recommended that tenders be called for the the supply of maintenance to various parts of the road, and also that two surfacemen be employed upon the whole of the line from the Iona Hotel to the junction, at such places as may be directed.[4]

In November 1873 there was a road accident near the hotel:

As the Hamilton coach was coming into Ballarat to-night with 13 passengers, the leaders shied at some cows when near the Iona Hotel, and before the driver could master them, the coach was capsized. The horses got off with the wheels, and galloped into town. Some passengers were bruised, but no one was seriously hurt.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The hotel was the starting point for the Ballarat Hunt Club:

June 1869 - There was a very good turn-out of the Ballarat Hunt Club on Saturday, the place of meeting being the Iona Hotel, on the Smythesdale road (as the Star reports). The drag, after crossing two stiff garden fences, led across a bye-road and into the paddock on the left of the Smythesdale road. The course of the hunt was then along these paddocks for about two miles across. the main road and home over some very nice country on the other side of the road. There were a few spills, but no harm was done. One lady, on a well-known grey pony, followed well apparently along the whole course of the hunt.[1]

June 1870- The same dingo hunted last time was sent on his mission, and took the field away at once from Winters' paddock over a narrow road and across the Smythesdale road, where Mr. Glennister got a rattler, and the field already showed a graceful tail. On sped the chase over a very fine line across the Bonshaw creek. Here he turned sharp to the right, and made for Sago hill- the master in negotiating a rasper coming down heavily, in company with a friend. Under Sago hill the fallows were very heavy, and for some miles the horses had enough to do to live with hounds, which were running uncommonly well, and showing by their improved condition the care of the kennel management. Near Brazenor's paddock they ran into view, and turned the varmint over, after a capital spin of about an hour, most of those named at the start finishing well up.[6]

July 1882- The Hunt Club turned out in considerable force yesterday, and had a splendid afternoon's sport. The stag Highflyer was the game, and he led the field a glorious chase of about 18 miles, from the Iona Hotel to Draffin's farm-house, at Burrumbeet, where he sought shelter, and was secured. As there were many fences to take, so there were many empty saddles at times, but no one was much hurt.[7]

In August 1883, even after the pub had closed and the building removed, the Hunt still met at the site:

SATURDAY'S meet was advertised as being near the site of the Iona Hotel, Smythesdale-road, a well-known trysting place about fourteen years ago, but the hotel is now a thing of the past, as it has been removed since the mines in the vicinity ceased working.[8]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • February 1875, into the death of Edward Creed, found dead in a nearby paddock. Death believed to have been sunstroke.[9]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1869 'THE BALLARAT HUNT.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 19 June, p. 9. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  2. 1868 'BALLARAT WEST BOROUGH COUNCIL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 April, p. 4. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  3. 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 January, p. 2. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  4. 1865 'GRENVILLESHIRE COUNCIL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 August, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 02 Apr 2018,
  5. 1873 'TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 5 November, p. 5. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  6. 1870 'BALLARAT HOUNDS.', The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), 25 June, p. 11. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  7. 1882 'BALLARAT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 July, p. 7. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  8. 1883 'THE BALLARAT PACK.', Sportsman (Melbourne, Vic. : 1882 - 1904), 15 August, p. 4. , viewed 21 Apr 2017,
  9. 1875 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 February, p. 2. , viewed 18 Jul 2021,

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