Red Streak Hotel

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Red Streak Hotel
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Town Creswick
Street Clunes Road
Closed October 1913
Known dates 1859-1913
Demolished Destroyed by fire, 8 October 1913.
Google maps 37°23'59.7"S 143°54'58.8"E -37.399906, 143.916342

The Red Streak Hotel was a hotel in North Creswick, Victoria, <1859-1913.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Red Streak, just north of North Creswick.[1] It is shown on the 1880 Creswick Goldfields map.[2] It was opposite the Australasia Mine.[3]

Location[edit | edit source]

Google Maps: 37°23'59.7"S 143°54'58.8"E -37.399906, 143.916342

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In July 1859 a magician died from injuries received during as performance at the hotel:

DEATH FROM THE BURSTING OF A GUN. - We learn from the Ballarat papers the death of C. H. Rignold, who was manager of the Victoria Theatre on Bendigo four or five years ago...An inquest was held on Friday, the 8th instant, touching the death of Charles Henry Rignold. The following evidence was given by Samuel Pope Davis, servant to Councillor Rowe, of Creswick. Deceased was a conjuror, and was called the Wizard of the North, South, East, and West, and engaged witness to assist him. He played at Carson's Hotel, Creswick, on the 11th, 13th, and 16th June, and at the Red Streak on the 18th, and when in the coarse of his performance he commenced the gun-trick, the piece would not go off. Deceased then put another charge of powder in the same gun, laid it aside, and then played one or two more tricks, and again took up the gun, and then put a third charge into it. He was then supposed to put a watch into it, and cocked the gun, put it to his shoulder, fired, and the barrel burst, parts of it striking him on the left side of his forehead, and he staggered, but continued his performance, and finished it. Witness saw deceased next day (Sunday), also on Monday, when he again performed ; but on the following Friday he was taken seriously ill. Dr. Roche was subsequently sent for, but was not at home, and on Friday last he was removed to the Ballarat Hospital. Dr. Hillas deposed to the state of the deceased when admitted; his memory and sight were impaired, and also his speech ; three pieces of the frontal bone had penetrated the substance of the brain. Two days afterwards, inflammation set in, and deceased gradually sank, and died on the 5th instant. The doctor also gave an opinion that if deceased had received proper medical treatment at the time of the accident, his life would have been saved. Verdict, "Accidental Death."[4]

The hotel was sold in March 1898:

Messrs R. Falls and Co., Creswick, report that they disposed of the Red Streak hotel yesterday privately, on account of Mr R. Mitchell, to whom the same firm sold this property a short time ago. The highly satisfactory figure of £247 was realised. Mr Patrick O'Brien was the buyer, for cash.[5]

In May 1898 the publican was advertising for a lost horse:

ONE POUND REWARD—LOST about Christmas time, WHITE FOAL, wall-eyed, about 18 months' old; Chestnut Cob, one wall eye and three white feet. Apply P. O'Brien, Red Streak Hotel, North Creswick.[6]

In October 1908 there was a fire at the hotel:

CHILD SETS HOTEL ABLAZE. Trenery's Red Streak Hotel at Clunes road North Creswick, narrowly escaped destruction by fire at about nine o'clock yesterday morning. A little girl of about three years of age set fire to the bed curtains in one of the rooms with some matches. Happily the fire was discovered, and a prompt application of a bucket of water to the wall of the room saved the building which is a large wooden one.[7]

On 8 October 1913 the hotel was destroyed in a fire:

CRESWICK —The Red Streak Hotel, together with its furniture, was destroyed by fire at 3.30 a.m. on Wednesday. Mrs. J. Trennery is the licensee and owner. How the fire originated is not known. The house and furniture were insured for £450.[8]

HOTEL DESTROYED BY FIRE. Trenery's Red Streak Hotel, at Clunes road, North Creswick, was reduced to ashes between 3 and 4 o’clock on Wednesday morning. The fire was in Creswick Shire, and outside the water supply area, and the fire brigade, was helpless. In the circumstances the protracted ed ringing of the fire bells was voted to be an unnecessary nuisance. The insurances in the Liverpool, London, and Globe Co. totalled £500.[9]

The hotel was delicensed in November 1913, to take effect from the 31 December.[10]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • September 1884, mine accident at the New Australasian mine:

An inquest was held on Thursday afternoon, before Mr. J. C. Thompson, P.M., and a jury of fourteen, at Wilkie's Red Streak hotel, on the remains of the two unfortunate miners who lost their lives in the No. 3 shaft of the New Australasian mine. The evidence went to show that the centre piece which the two men were putting in was too long, and in endeavouring to knock it home the cap-piece sprung, bringing down the whole of the timber and a large quantity of earth, which must have killed them instantly, as the heads of both men were much battered about, more especially that of Drummond. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, no blame being attached to the company. Both men were members of the Miners Association, and had made themselves good on the books. Their friends, therefore, will receive £20 from the association, together with a levy of 6d. per member each, which will amount to something over £45 each.[11]

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • South Australasian Gold Mining Company, tender specifications, January 1881:

SOUTH AUSTRALASIAN GOLD MINING COMPANY, No Liability, Creswick.—TENDERS are invited, returnable on Friday. 7th January, 1881, at 4 o’clock p.m, for SINKING SHAFT of the above company, 100 feet from the present depth. Specifications to be seen at the office of the company, and at James Wilkie's Red Streak Hotel, North Creswick, J. W. GRAHAM, Manager.[12]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 May 2016,
  2. Creswick Goldfield 1880, Energy and Earth Resources, Victorian Government,
  3. 1949 'Mine Disaster Recalled', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 1 October, p. 10. , viewed 20 Nov 2018,
  4. 1859 'DEATH FROM THE BURSTING OF A GUN.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 12 July, p. 3. , viewed 19 Nov 2018,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1898 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 March, p. 1. , viewed 21 Nov 2018,
  6. 1898 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 May, p. 3. , viewed 22 Nov 2018,
  7. 1908 'CHILD SETS HOTEL ABLAZE.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 3 October, p. 4. , viewed 19 Nov 2018,
  8. 8.0 8.1 1913 'FIRES.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 9 October, p. 12. , viewed 19 Nov 2018,
  9. 1913 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 October, p. 8. , viewed 25 Jan 2020,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1913 'LICENSES REDUCTION', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 7 November, p. 12. , viewed 20 Nov 2018,
  11. 1884 'The Creswick Mine Disaster.', Kerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette (Vic. : 1877 - 1889), 30 September, p. 4. , viewed 20 Nov 2018,
  12. 12.0 12.1 1881 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 January, p. 4. , viewed 22 Nov 2018,
  13. Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591

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