John Dilges

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John Mathew Dilges
Died 1914
Occupation Blacksmith
Years active <1877-1884>
Known for Criterion Hotel
Home town Sebastopol
Spouse(s) Christina
Children Jacob Dilges

John Mathew Dilges was a publican in Ballarat, <1877-1884>.

History[edit | edit source]

In July 1868 Dilges appeared twice in the Sebastopol Court on the same day. A charge of having an unlicensed dog was dismissed, but he had to pay 2s 6d costs. He was then charged by E. Mortesen for unpaid goods to the value of 2l 7s 6d, the case was settled.[1]

He held the license for the Criterion Hotel in Albert Street. In December 1877 the police objected to the renewal of his license on the grounds that the hotel was dilapidated and badly furnished. The case was adjourned for three weeks to allow necessary repairs to be completed.[2]

In May 1884, Dilges was declared insolvent:

John Mathew Dilges, Sebastopol, hotelkeeper and blacksmith. Causes of insolvency—Losses in mining, loss of five horses by death, illness of insolvent for the past two years, and pressure of creditors. Liabilities, £639 2s 10d; assets, £46 10s; deficiency, £592 12s 10d. W. D. M'Kee assignee.[3]

His wife Christina died in 1919:

OBITUARY. Dilges.—The many friends of Mrs Christina Dilges, of Rubicon street, Sebastopol, will regret to learn of her death. The deceased lady was a very old identity, and had reached the advanced age of 84 years. Her husband predeceased her five years ago. Much sympathy has been expressed with the family. The funeral took place yesterday, and was very large attended. the remains being interred in the Old Cemetery. The coffin-bearers were Messrs Jacob and Henry Dilges (sons of the deceased), D. Drummond, J. Drummond, G. Allen, and R. M. Allen (grandsons). The pall was supported by Crs Evan Jenkins and J. E. Jones, of Sebastopol; Messrs W. Pinny, W. McBain, R. J. Allen, J. Hennessy, R. Watson, H. Glasson, M. Rickard, H. Pearson, Con. Hauser, J. Werner, V. Jermyn, John Ryan, Alex. McDougal, T. Glasson, Jas. Andrews, and E. J. Williams. The Rev. Ernest Smith, of Pleasant street, officiated at the house and grave, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr R. J. Miller.[4]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1868 'SEBASTOPOL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 July, p. 3. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,
  2. 1877 'ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2021,
  3. 1884 'NEW INSOLVENT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 May, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,
  4. 1919 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 September, p. 1. , viewed 14 Jul 2023,

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