London Hotel (Barry's Reef)

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London Hotel
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Town Barry's Reef
Known dates 1875-1897

The London Hotel was a hotel in Barry's Reef, Victoria, <1875-1897>.

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The hotel was in Barry's Reef, about 2.5 kms north of Blackwood.[1][2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was opened by Selina Sherwood after she sold the Robin Hood Hotel in Barry's Reef.[1] The London was described in 1897 as being of seven rooms, bathroom, with a kitchen of three rooms, and a stable, on 27 perches (about 683 square metres) of land.[3] It was valued at 100 pounds.

Sherwood advertised her intention to apply for the license in March 1875:

I SELINA SHERWOOD, of Barry's Reef, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will at the next Licensing Meeting to be holden at the Court of Petty Sessions, Blackwood, on the twenty-sixth day of March, 1875, apply for a PUBLICAN'S LICENSE for a house situate at Barry's Reef, to be known as "The London Hotel," containing seven rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of myself. Dated this 4th day of March, 1875. SELINA SHERWOOD.[4]

In February 1876 a miner was robbed at the hotel:

A man named James Beattie has been arrested for assaulting and robbing a miner named Walters at the London hotel, Barry's reef. Walters states that his pocket, containing 2½ oz of gold, was cut off his trousers by Beattie. Prisoner was brought up before Mr D. G. Stobie. J.P.. and remanded tor eight days. Bail was taken, himself in £75, and two sureties of £50.[5]

In October 1876 the publican, Selina Sherwood, was charged with trading out of hours, but charges were dropped on a technicality:

Police v Sherwood —This was a summons issued by the police against Mrs S. Sherwood, the landlady of a hotel at Barry’s Reef, for keeping open house after 12 o’clock on the evening of the 10th October. The case was partly gone into when the bench discovered that the prosecuting constable had no evidence to prove the issue of any licence to the defendant, and refusing to grant an adjournment, dismissed the complaint. According to this decision it will be seen that to enable the police to ensure, convictions in such cases it will be necessary for them, to subpoena and procure the attendance of the secretary of the shire, council, or borough, &c., with the necessary documents to prove the issue of a license.[6]

In June 1879, local miner, James Renfrew, had accused several people of stealing from him, but after the case was dismissed, he found himself in trouble:

Renfrew was then charged with resisting the police and with refusing to leave Mrs. Sherwood's hotel on the night of the 10th June. Fined 20s. and 15s., or five days imprisonment.[7]

In June 1887 there was a fight in the hotel:

Police Constable Eason proceeded against George Allen, James Clark, John Thomson, and Ellie Best for fighting and causing a disturbance at Mrs. Sherwood's hotel Barry's Reef, on the 14th inst. Mrs. Sherwood deposed that on the night in question Mr. Hocken and Mr. Best were in her hotel when G. Allen, J. Thomson and Michael Ryan entered and asked to be supplied with drinks; and they said if she had no objection they would adjourn to the parlor, which they accordingly did. Everything was getting on well, and nice and comfortable, when she heard something said about fighting. After that there ensued a scuffle in which a table and glasses were upset. Allan and Thomson were the principals and Best was some way mixed up, but she did not see the latter do anything. During the scuffle Best appeared to have left the hotel; but by and by returned and tapped at the hotel door. Mrs. Sherwood opened the door and saw Best who had in company with him James Clark. At her back was G. Allen. Allen seeing the men said " I suppose you have come to have a fight." "Yes," retorted Clark, "I'm your man. Bold up your props." And Allen accepted the challenge, and had a set-to, the effects of which were still visible on the contestant's face in Court. After awhile the contestants left Mrs. Sherwood's hotel. M. Ryan corroborated Mrs. Sherwood in almost every particular; and further deposed that after leaving the hotel in company of his mates they met another crowd of youths, amongst whom was Clark, when Allen and Clark had a further trial at putting marks on each other's faces. In answer to Constable Eason, Ryan said he did not know whether there were six, twelve, or twenty in the mob he and his mate met. The constable said the whole lot were equally as bad as the others for mischief. The case against Best was dismissed; George Allan and James Clark were fined £2 each, and 9s. expenses each. John Thomson £1, and 5s. costs.[8]

In December 1887, Sherwood advertised her intention to renew her license:

Notice of Application for Renewal of a Victualler's License.I, SELINA SHERWOOD, of- Barry's Reef, Blackwood, in the Colony of Victoria, the holder of a VICTUALLER'S LICENSE for "The London Hotel," at Barry's Reef aforesaid, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain and will at the sitting of the Licensing Court for the Licensing Districts of Ballan North, South Ballan, Egerton, and Blackwood, to be holden at Ballan on the 23rd day of December, 1887, apply for a Certificate authorising the renewal of my said license. Dated the thirtieth day of November, One thousand Eight hundred and Eighty-seven. SELINA SHERWOOD.[9]

The hotel was closed at the beginning of 1892:

Mrs. Sherwood, of Sherwood's hotel, hesitated as to whether she would renew her license and at the last moment determined she would. Her application, however, did not reach Ballan until the evening of the day on which the licensing Bench sat, so there being nothing of Mrs. Sherwood's application before the Bench her application lapsed, and her hotel is now closed.[10]

At the extended licensing court to be held at Ballan shortly Mrs. Sherwood, Barry's Reef, whose hotel has been closed since the beginning of this year, anticipates to get her license, which lapsed, renewed.[11]

Sherwood failed to appear at the next hearing in April 1892 to renew the license:

Mrs Sherwood, licensee of the London hotel, Barry’s Reef, also applied for a fresh certificate. At the original Licensing Court in December last she had omitted to produce her old license, and the application was postponed to the present court. On Saturday, strange to say, both Mrs Sherwood and her license were absent, and her house would certainly have been unlicensed but for the kindness of Mr David Gaunson, who was in court, and induced the bench to further postpone the application till the 8th April nest, when it will be heard in Melbourne.[12]

It must have been delicensed before 1897, as at the time of her death on 29 January 1897, it was being operated as a boarding house.[1]

In March 18976 the hotel was offered for sale:

IN ESTATE OF SELINA SHERWOOD, Deceased. H. FYSH & CO. have been instructed by the Curator of Intestate Estates to Sell by Auction (through their auctioneer) on the ground, Barry's Reef, at Two o'clock, Crown Allotment 13 of Section 3, township of Bayup, parish of Blackwood, Containing 27 8-10 perches, on which is erected the London Hotel, Stables, &c. ALSO, FURNITURE AND STOCK. Full particulars at sale. W. H. FYSH & CO., Kyneton.[13]

In December 1897, Richard Goodge of the Ballarat Hotel, Barry's Reef, (which he had taken over from the Sherwood's), applied to take over the license of the London Hotel:

Application for Transfer of License from one person to another. To the Licensing Court for the Licensing District of Ballan. I, T. F. BRIDE, Curator of the Estates of deceased persons, in the Estate of Selina Sherwood, deceased, of Barry's Reef, in the Colony of Victoria, Licensed Victualler, being the holder of a Victualler's License for the house and premises known as the "London Hotel," situate at Barry's Reef, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply to the Licensing Magistrates holding the Licensing Meeting at Bacchus Marsh, on THURSDAY, the 23rd day of December, 1897, to transfer the said License to RICHARD SIMEON GOODGE, of Barry's Reef, aforesaid. Given under my hand this eighth day of December, A.D. 1897. T. F. BRIDE. And I the said Richard Simeon Goodge do hereby apply for the said Transfer. Given under my hand this seventh day of December, A.D. 1897. RICHARD SIMEON GOODGE.[14]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In October 1876, the hotel was the venue for an inquest:

An inquest was held at the London hotel, Barry's Reef, by D. G. Stobie, Esq., deputy coroner, on the body of a stillborn female child.[15]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1874, Selina Sherwood withdrew her application as the hotel was not yet completed:

Selina Sherwood applied for a publican's license for new hotel at Barry's Reef, not yet finished. Withdrawn.[16]


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1897 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 6 February, p. 3. , viewed 20 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88346976
  2. 2.0 2.1 1876 'BLACKWOOD.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 18 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207826718
  3. Selina Sherwood, Wills and Probate, Probate File Number: 63/458
  4. 1875 'Advertising', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 6 March, p. 2. , viewed 04 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88348779
  5. 1876 'BLACKWOOD.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 5 February, p. 4. , viewed 30 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211001995
  6. 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 October, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199831689
  7. 1879 'COURTS', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 21 June, p. 2. , viewed 02 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89702127
  8. 1887 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 4 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89685585
  9. 9.0 9.1 1887 'Advertising', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 3 December, p. 2. , viewed 04 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89683779
  10. 1892 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 16 January, p. 3. , viewed 01 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89282095
  11. 1892 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 5 March, p. 3. , viewed 22 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89281134
  12. 1892 'BALLAN NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 March, p. 4. , viewed 30 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204323722
  13. 1897 'Advertising', The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900), 20 March, p. 3. , viewed 05 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article240669988
  14. 1897 'Advertising', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 11 December, p. 2. , viewed 05 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88345379
  15. 1876 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 14 October, p. 3. , viewed 30 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88350149
  16. 1874 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 26 December, p. 3. , viewed 29 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93141260
  17. 1875 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 17 April, p. 3. , viewed 30 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88349517
  18. 1877 'BLACKWOOD.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 20 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211540400
  19. 1879 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 20 December, p. 3. , viewed 01 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89702259
  20. 1880 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 3. , viewed 23 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200653096
  21. 1881 'TOWN COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 December, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202597624
  22. 1889 'BALLAN.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209577424
  23. 1886 'LICENSING COURT.', The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900), 25 December, p. 2. , viewed 22 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article240856322


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