Maryfield Hotel

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Mayfield Hotel
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Town Tourello
Known dates 1871-1902
Other names aka Mayfield Hotel before 1876

The Mayfield Hotel was a hotel near Tourello, Victoria, <1871-1902>

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The hotel was on the Creswick road, near Tourello, 5kms south of Clunes:

It is situate opposite Mrs White's Mayfield Hotel, only about three miles from the township of Clunes ; is securely fenced, and all under crop, and has about 33 chains frontage to the main Creswick road, and 30 chains to the main road to Tourello.[1]

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In 1886 it was referred to as the Maryfield Hotel in a newspaper report.[2]

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In May 1895 the hotel building was destroyed by fire:

Last night between 11 and 12 o'clock the Maryfield Hotel, about four miles from Clunes, on the road to Creswick, was burned down. A lamp exploded, setting fire to some hangings, the flames communicating with the lining and partitions, and soon enveloping the premises. The owners of the property have it Insured for £200 in the Royal Company, but the licensee had no insurance upon her furniture and effects, including a valuable piano, and her loss is serious. Mrs Coulson, the licensee had barely time to save her children, who were all in bed.[3]

Coulson’s Maryfield hotel, midway between Creswick and Clunes, was totally destroyed by fire late on Tuesday night. With the exception of a few small pieces of furniture, the whole of the contents of 10 large rooms was burnt, Mr Coulson was away from home at the time, and Mrs Coulson and family only saved what they stood in. The fire originated through the wick of a Bismarck kerosene lamp burning through the burner and causing an explosion in the bedroom. The buildings were insured in the Royal Insurance Company for £200; but the furniture was uninsured.[4]

The hotel was offered for sale in November 1901, and again in September 1902:

THURSDAY, 21st NOVEMBER, At 3 o’clock. On the premises, Maryfield hotel, on the main road to Clunes, near Ascot. SALE BY AUCTION Of a SNUG COUNTRY HOTEL PROPERTY and about 27 Acres of good Agricultural LAND. BESEMERES and WALKER have been instructed by the owner. Mr Thomas Saddler, who is leaving the district, to sell by public auction (by their Mr Frank Besemeres) as above. This HOTEL consists of a first-class w.b. building, in excellent order throughout, comprising a bar and 7 dwelling rooms, besides stabling and outbuildings. The land is of excellent quality, and on account of the position occupied by the property, a splendid opening is ensured to an energetic man. Title guaranteed (being brought under Transfer of Land Act 1890). Particulars of title may be obtained at the office of Mr Horace E. Troup, solicitor, Lydiard street, Ballarat. For further particulars apply to BESEMERES and WALKER, Auctioneers, 46 Lydiard street. Telephone 233.[5]

SALE BY AUCTION Of a SNUG COUNTRY HOTEL PROPERTY. Known as the Maryfield hotel, on the main road to Clunes, near Ascot, and about 27 acres of good Agricultural Land. FOR POSITIVE SALE. By Order of the Mortgagee. BESEMERES and WALKER have been instructed by the mortgagee to sell by auction (by their Mr Frank Besemeres), as above. This HOTEL consists of a first-class w.b. building, in excellent order throughout, comprising a bar and dwelling rooms, besides stabling and-outbuildings. The land is of excellent quality, and the position occupied by the property is such that an energetic man is assured of a good livelihood. Title freehold, particulars of which may be obtained from Messrs Cuthbert, Morrow, and Must. Lydiard street; Ballarat. Remember—SATURDAY, 27th SEPTEMBER. At 12 o’clock. At the offices of BESEMERES and WALKER; 46 Lydiard street south. Ballarat. Telephone 255.[6]

In August 1902 a burglary was reported:

CLUNES. A burglary committed at the Maryfield Hotel, Creswick-road, has been reported to the Clunes police. The articles stolen were not of great value, but from the way the theft was carried out it is thought the perpetrator was no stranger to the premises.[7]

In October 1902 it appears the purchaser of the property had failed to pay the outstanding money:

Thos. Sadler claimed from Jas. Edward Normoyle arrears of instalments due under a contract of sale on the Maryfield hotel and adjoining land. Mr Eagleson, instructed by Mr Fred. Ham, appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr J. B. Pearson, instructed by Mr Horace G. Troup, for the defendant. The defence was that the action was wrong in form, and could not succeed, and also that the plaintiff had assigned his interest under the contract to a third party. A number of law points were involved in the case, and a long legal argument ensued. His Honor reserved judgment.[8]

In November 1915 the Talbot Shire Council was referring to the hotel site, implying that the hotel had gone:

From Talbot Shire Council, regarding construction of either a culvert or pitched crossing and approaches on the Boundary road north of the site of the old Maryfield hotel, and stating that in view of the small amount of traffic on the road the council considered that a crossing and approaches costing not more than £10 would be suitable.[9]


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  1. 1875 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 25 June, p. 3. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207640850
  2. 2.0 2.1 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210840183
  3. 3.0 3.1 1895 'FIRE AT MARYFIELD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 May, p. 6. , viewed 23 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9359328
  4. 1895 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 24 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203162096
  5. 5.0 5.1 1901 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 November, p. 7. , viewed 23 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207180319
  6. 1902 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 September, p. 7. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211472664
  7. 1902 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 12 August, p. 3. , viewed 24 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9083089
  8. 1902 'JUDGMENT RESERVED.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 October, p. 3. , viewed 24 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211468769
  9. 1915 'CRESWICK SHIRE COUNCIL', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 5 November, p. 6. (DAILY.), viewed 24 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75155981
  10. 1882 'CLUNES LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250130951
  11. 1883 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 4. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201619510
  12. 1891 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 4. , viewed 23 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204319481
  13. 1896 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 May, p. 2. , viewed 24 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207485913


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