Monte Christo Hotel

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Monte Christo Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Known dates 1859-1869

The Monte Christo Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1859-1869>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Monte Christo Hotel was in Little Bendigo.[1] At a coroner's hearing it was described as being about 200 yards from the head of Rotten Gully.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for sale in December 1861:

TO CAPITALISTS AND OTHERS FOR SALE, CHEAP. The MONTE CHRISTO HOTEL, situated at Little Bendigo, with large General Store attached. The hotel contains nine large well ventilated rooms, which have been thoroughly renovated, and are all in first rate condition. The proprietor of the above valuable property having made up his mind to revisit New Zealand, desires to meet with a purchaser, and can refer any intending purchaser to wholesale dealers for proof of a sterling and successful trade being carried on for the last three years. For any further information, apply to J. T. DOWLIN, on-the premises.[3]

The hotel was offered for sale in May 1863:

Hotel and Store for Sale. F. C. DOWNES is favored with instructions to sell by private contract, the whole of those premises known as the MONTE CHRISTO HOTEL AND STORE, Little Bendigo, the proprietor being about to leave the colony. The Hotel is large and commodious, with extensive stables and outhouses attached, and both Hotel and Store are doing an excellent business.-F. C. DOWNES, House and Mining Agent, Sturt street.[4]

In February 1865 the Mining Board agreed to change its polling booth to another hotel:

Little Bendigo Polling Booth-Mr Eddy moved and it was carried--" That the Government be requested to order that the Little Bendigo polling booth be removed from the late Monte Christo Hotel to the Speedwell Hotel."[5]

The hotel was offered for sale in September 1869:

F. M. CLAXTON has been favored with instructions from Mr J. T. Dowling to SELL by AUCTION, on Friday, the 17th instant, at Twelve o'clock, on the premises, That valuable Property, known as the MONTE CHRISTO HOTEL AND STORE, Situate at LITTLE BENDIGO, Containing Bar, Two Parlors, Five Bedrooms, Kitchen, large Store, Stables, and every other requisite for carrying on a large Business. To an energetic Man with a small Capital the above presents an opportunity seldom met with, the celebrated TEMPERANCE QUARTZ MINING COMPANY being situate within a stone's-throw of the Hotel, the splendid returns from which claim must of necessity cause a great deal of attention to that locality at no very distant period. After which, will be Sold, The whole of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, consisting of Hair-seated Couch, Dining Extension Table, Papier Mache and Cedar Tables, Rocking and other Chairs, Carpets, Bedsteads and Bedding, Washstands and Ware, Tea Urn, Glassware, Crockery, &c. Oil Paintings, Fender and Irons, And a variety of sundries to numerous to mention. Terms Cash. No Reserve. Lydiard street, 13th September, 1869[6]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • September 1861, on James Burness, who was killed when struck with a timber slab thrown into the shaft at the Temperance Mine.[7]
  • August 1862, on Thomas Firth, whose body had been found by Chinese miners, drowned in an abandoned mine shaft. The coroner accepted a verdict of suicide.[2]
  • October 1862, on Ah Quam, who had hung himself from a tree. It was reported he had no money and was starving.[8]
  • June 1863, on Samson Mitchell, who was killed at the One and All Quartz Mining Company mine after an engine driver's error caused him to fall 230 feet down the shaft.[9]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1861 the publican was James Dowling (spelled as Dowlan).[10]
    • His license was renewed in June 1862.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1862 'THE SUPPOSED MURDER AT LITTLE BENDIGO.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 August, p. 4. , viewed 04 Oct 2020,
  3. 1861 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 04 Oct 2020,
  4. 1863 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 May, p. 1. , viewed 09 Jul 2021,
  5. 1865 'MINING BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 February, p. 4. , viewed 09 Jul 2021,
  6. 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 September, p. 3. , viewed 13 Aug 2017,
  7. 1861 'INQUESTS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 September, p. 2. , viewed 09 Jul 2021,
  8. 1862 'SUICIDE OF A CHINESE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 October, p. 4. , viewed 04 Oct 2020,
  9. 1863 'FATAL MINING ACCIDENT AT LITTLE BENDIGO.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 2. , viewed 04 Oct 2020,
  10. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 03 Oct 2020,

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