Jockey Club Hotel

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Jockey Club Hotel
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Town Daylesford
Street Vincent Street, Victoria Park
Closed 31 December 1915
Known dates 1914-1915

The Jockey Club Hotel was a hotel in Daylesford, Victoria, <1914-1915.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Daylesford[1], in Vincent Street, Victoria Park.[2][3]

Map[edit | edit source]

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Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on a list of hotels considered for closure by the License Reduction Board in February 1915, and hearings were held in March:

Mr Shellard appeared for the owner and licensee, Rodolpho Foletti. Superintendent Bennett stated that he inspected the hotel on January 18. There were eight bedrooms for the public and three for the family. the building was of wood, and in good repair. Witness did not think it was a tourist's house, although the licensee claimed that it was. The sanitary accommodation was very poor, while the furnishings were mean. There was a five-stalled stable and fair yard, that appeared to be much used.

Sergeant Myers stated that the hotel was about a mile south from Daylesford. The nearest hotel was the Shades, about half a mile nearer Daylesford. The Beehive Hotel was two miles south, and the Sailor's Falls another mile further. He thought the hotel catered for local trade, carters and road trade, and principally from the sports ground adjoining. Three sports meetings were held each year, and between them football matches. Booths were licensed at the sports meetings only. He thought the hotel was required, so long as the sports ground was there, otherwise it could be disposed with. By Mr Shellard: The football matches are frequent, and the local club is affiliated with the league. I believe the juniors play there also. Frequent cricket matches were also played in the park. The rifle butts adjoined the park. The Shades Hotel is at the bottom of a steep hill from the Jockey Club. I have never heard of the Stony Creek Falls or the fishing basin. I don't know of any mines working in the locality. The Shades is the nearest hotel by road to Jubilee Lake. I think the hotel is absolutely wanted. Mr Barr: In Northcote, where there are 30,000 inhabitants, the football ground has been removed from close to an hotel to three-quarters of a mile away. Sergeant Myers: But we have a better conducted crowd, here. I don't think there has been much change in the locality since the board sat five years ago. Mr Barr: Five years ago the three police who gave evidence considered that only one hotel was necessary at that end of the town. Sergeant Myers: I think the Jockey Club more necessary for the sports ground than the Shades, but the latter has the best outside appearance. I am given to understand that the Shades accommodates tourists. By Mr Shellard: I think the footballers dress at the Jockey Club.

Rodolpho Foletti: the owner and licensee, who appeared much bruised on account of having been spilled off a horse, was accommodated with a seat whilst giving evidence. He had been licensee over four years and was owner for six years. There was a small settlement around the park, while there was a mine working 400 yards from the hotel. His was mostly a day trade, and his average boarders for the year would be three or four. He accommodated about 6 or 7 tourists during the season, and supplied casual meals to as many as 30 persons at a time. On a sports day he would provide 100 meals or over. He gave the football clubs free use of a changing room, which was unobtainable in the park. People left the sports ground and came to his place for liquor because the price of beer was half. There was a large wood carting traffic and the drivers used the hotel and horse trough considerably, He took at least £100 per year apart from, the bar, the takings from which were from £10 to £12 per week. The hotel had been completely rebuilt three years ago at a cost of £700. By Supt. Bennett: The tourist season ended a little after Easter. I have only one boarder at present; he has been with, me nine or ten months. My changing room is about 11ft by 8ft 6 inches and has forms in it. There is no place in the park where players could change. By the Board: I was not speaking with any exactness when I gave my takings. I consider the profits over 100 per cent. Mr Barr: Your returns only show about 30 per cent.

John J. Larkins, tailor, stated that he was secretary of the rifle club, and he found the hotel very handy to entertain visitors. There was no shooting last year because the butts were closed. The matches will probably be three or four a year in future. The meals received at the hotel were satisfactory. By Mr Barr: The public do not attend rifle matches. Herbert Melbourne McLean, law clerk, stated that he had been connected with the local football club for some years and was now vice president. There were six teams in the association and they played home and home matches throughout the season. The takings at the gate would average about £18 or £19 per match. The hotel was used by the players for changing, and by the committee to do business, and was a decided convenience to the public. It was also a convenience to the cricketers. From a public point of view, I should say the Jockey Club was much more convenient and necessary than the Shades. By Supt. Bennett: There are no proper dressing rooms in the park; but near the cricket ring there is now an iron shed erected. Mr Barr: Did you ever hear of log-rolling. (Laughter.) Witness: I have never taken it on myself. (Loud laughter)

James Lawson, carter, stated that he had been carting for 40 years. He considered the Jockey Club Hotel a convenience for carters to water and stable their horses. There was not sufficient room at the Shades to water horses By Supt. Bennett: I have never seen anyone stay at the hotel for the night with a large team of horses. John McEldrew, farmer and carter, considered the hotel very convenient for carters. The facilities for water horses were very good indeed, and he was afraid if the hotel were closed it would be a loss to the carters. To the Bench: Personally, I would be satisfied with the Jockey Club and Leonard's Hill Hotel along that road. Mrs Demmler, of Victoria Park, said she conducted a boarding house there. She considered the hotel necessary, as the tourists who stayed at her place found it a great convenience. Her house was about three minutes walk from the hotel, and there were Hard Hill and Sutton Springs the same distance. By Superintendent Bennett: I have never written letters to the police without signing my name. I know nothing concerning the Shades Hotel or anyone living there. Decision was reserved.[4]

A decision was made to close the hotel.[5]

A hearing was held in September 1915 to determine the amount of compensation to be paid:

THE JOCKEY CLUB. Mr R. W. Shellard appeared for Rudolpho Foletti. Hugh Ross, valuer, had given £687 as licensed value, and as the delicensed value, £240. He considered £457 fair compensation. He considered £65 fair rent, less £10 per annum reductions, equals, £55 nett at 8 per cent.; that is, £687. Used as an ordinary dwelling 7s 6d, less 7½ per cent., would be a fair rental, equals £240. Alterations, say £10. He would say, including furniture, £700 was a fair walk in, walk out figure for the licensed house. The hotel had been burned down in 1911. It cost about £600 to re-build. The old building was a fairly commodious house. Decision reserved.[6]

The hotel was delicensed at the end of 1915, and the owners were paid £460 compensation.[7] The licensee's claim for compensation was abandoned.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • November 1914, speech by Mr Morton Dunlop, a candidate in the state election.[8]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1914 the license was granted to R. Foletti for a fee of £30.[2]
  • In March 1915 at the License Reduction Board hearings, the publican was Rudolpho Foletti (spelled as Pollet).[5]
  • In December 1915, Maggie Foletti was granted a vigernon's license.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 20 September, p. 6. (DAILY.), viewed 07 May 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1914 'DAYLESFORD LICENSING COURT', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 8 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2019,
  3. 1915 'LICENSING REDUCTION BOARD.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 21 September, p. 3. , viewed 16 Dec 2019,
  4. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARL', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 11 March, p. 3. , viewed 19 Dec 2019,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1915 'LICENCES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 22 March, p. 5. , viewed 03 Jun 2018,
  6. 1915 'LICENSING COMPENSATION', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 18 September, p. 3. , viewed 30 Jul 2021,
  7. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015,
  8. 1914 'MR MORTON DUNLOP'S CAMPAIGN.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 17 November, p. 3. , viewed 16 Dec 2019,
  9. 1915 'LICENSING COURT.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 16 December, p. 3. , viewed 16 Dec 2019,

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