Sarah Stoddart

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Sarah Stoddart
Sarah Ann Simpson
Born Sarah Ann Simpson
25 June 1836
Tyrone, Ireland
Died 21 August 1908
Hawthorn, Victoria
Nationality Irish
Occupation Publican
Years active 1873-1892
Known for Nugget Hotel
Temperance Hotel (Portland)
City Hotel
Home town Smythesdale
Portland
Ballarat
Spouse(s) George Stoddart
Joseph Flude
Children James (1858)
Margaret Ann (1859)
George Samuel (1861)
Oliver Simpson (1862)
Sarah Jane (1864)
Mary Georgina (1865)
Robert Paterson (1867)
Lily Louisa (1869)
Berthe Beatrice (1871)
Parents
  • Margaret Ferguson (father)
  • William Simpson (mother)

Sarah Stoddart was a publican in Smythesdale and Ballarat, Victoria, 1873-1892

History[edit | edit source]

Sarah Ann Simpson was born on 25 June 1836 in Tyrone, Ireland, the daughter of William Simpson and Margaret Ferguson[1]

She married George Stoddart at Smythes Creek on 20 August 1857.[1] They had several children including:

On the 7th inst., at the Nugget Hotel, Smythesdale, Mrs George Stoddart of a daughter.[4]

  • George Samuel, born 1861, Smythesdale.[5]
  • Oliver Simpson, born 1862, Smythesdale.[6]:

On the 7th May, at the Nugget Hotel, Smythesdale, Mrs George Stoddart, of a son.[7]

  • Sarah Jane, born 1864, Smythesdale.[8]
  • Mary Georgina, born 1865, Smythesdale.

On the 12th November, at the Nugget Hotel, Smythesdale, Mrs George Stoddart, of a daughter; both doing well.[9]

  • Robert Paterson, born 1867, Smythesdale.[10]
  • Lily Louisa, born 1869, Smythesdale.[11]
  • Berthe Beatrice, born 1871, Smythesdale.[12]

From at least May 1858 to his death in 1873, George Stoddart held the license for the Nugget Hotel in Smythesdale.[13][14][15]

In 1862, Sarah employed 12 year old Elizabeth Liddle to work as a nursemaid to help her with the new baby and three small children. Elizabeth hit the children, and after an argument with Sarah, climbed under the hotel and attempted to set it on fire. The Stoddart's had her charged with arson. (For a full account, see the Nugget Hotel).

After George's death in 1873, Sarah and later his daughter Margaret, continued to operate the hotel.[16][17][18][19]

In April 1874 the newspaper reported on her children's fishing trip:

Our local correspondent says that two sons of Mrs Stoddart, of the Nugget hotel, on a visit to the banks of Lake Burrumbeet, caught a 6-lb. cod and about a dozen large eels, as the result of a few hours’ fishing. The bait used was the common earth-worm.[20]

In December 1878, the application to renew the license was refused by the Licensing Court:

Sarah Stoddart, Nugget hotel, Smythesdale: Mr Hockley for the applicant; Senior-constable Crampton, instructed by the inspector of licensed houses, objected on the ground that the premises were not in good repair and were not sufficiently furnished. The bench inspected the premises and refused the license.[21]

In November 1879 the Borough of Smythesdale to legal action over unpaid rates:

Same v Sarah Ann Stoddart, rates, £2 1s 6d. Mr Hockley, for defendant, took a number of objections, viz., that the defendant had not been residing on the premises for the last two years; that the necessary notice had not been served, as required by the act; and that the summons did not give the required particulars. Case dismissed, the notice not having been served on an adult, as required by the act.[22]

Same v Sarah A. Stoddart, £2 1s 6d; Mr Hockley, for defendant, quoted the 503rd section of the Local Government Act to show that the notice of demand should be served on the owner, or on an adult on the premises, or sent by post to the owner, who in this was resident at Portland, and the notice to pay was left with a child on the premises; the case was dismissed.[23]

One week later she was charged in court with not sending two of the children to school:

Sarah Ann Stoddart was charged under the compulsory clauses of the Education Act with neglecting to send her child, Georgina to school for the requisite time. Mr Allen, truant officer, gave the necessary formal evidence in this and following cases. Fined 5s, or in default three days' imprisonment —Same v same, for Robert Stoddart, second offence; fined 10s or in default four days' imprisonment.[24]

In November 1879, Sarah was advertising she was running the Temperance Hotel, in Gawler Street, Portland.[25]

In April 1882, the license for the City Hotel was transferred to George Stoddart.[26] Is this her son George, because a couple of months later in July 1882, Sarah advertised she had taken the license for the City Hotel in Ballarat:

Mrs S. A Stoddart, formerly of the Nugget hotel, Smythesdale, and late of Portland, begs to inform: her friends and the public that she has taken the City hotel Lydiard street, opposite the School of Mines.[27]

Her eldest son, James, was married in March 1888:

STODDART—HOOPER. - On the 31st alt., at the residence of the bride's parents, " The Elms,” Porepunkah, by the Rev. W. L. Fenton, James, eldest son of the late George Stoddart, Esq., of Smythesdale, to Nellie, eldest daughter of William Hooper, Esq.[28]

In June 1889, her youngest daughter died:

STODDART—On the 30th May, Bertha Beatrice("Bud") youngest daughter of the late George Stoddart, of Smythesdale, in her 18th year, at her mother's residence, Bridge street, Ballarat.[29]

Sarah married Joseph Flude on 7 January 1889.[1]

Flude committed suicide in Ballarat on 2 March 1892[1]:

DETERMINED SUICIDE AT LAKE WENDOUREE. Quite a sensation was caused in Ballarat yesterday when it became known that the body of Mr Joseph Flude, the well-known assayist and metallurgist, had been found in Lake Wendouree. At about 6.30 in the morning two boys, sons of Mr White, maltster, called at the Wendouree police station and informed Constable Heggart that whilst out fishing in a boat they had observed the body of a man floating on the water near the jetty off View Point. The constable proceeded to the place, and saw the body floating face downwards. Lying on the jetty was an overcoat and hat. On searching the pockets of the coat, he found two letters, one addressed “ Mrs S. A. Flude, City hotel, Ballarat,” and the other to “Miss Annie Flude, Royal Oak hotel, Creswick road, Ballarat.” He removed the body from the water, and identified it as that of Joseph Flude, 67 years of age. He subsequently conveyed the corpse to Gill’s Lake View hotel pending the inquest. The letters, which are too long for publication, point directly to a case of suicide, and reveal a painful state of domestic troubles. The letter to his daughter, which was a very affectionate one, requested her to go and claim whatever she thought she had a right to, and not to believe anything, that Mrs Flude (her step mother) might say about his infidelity, as it would be untrue. A magisterial enquiry was held by Mr J. J. Fitzgerald, J.P., at Gill’s hotel at half-past 6 in the evening, when a verdict of suicide whilst in a fit of temporary insanity was recorded.[30]

In August 1892 the City Hotel was put up for sale by auction.[31]

Sarah died in Hawthorn, Victoria, on 21 August 1908.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Stoddart Family Tree, Ancestry.com, https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/person/tree/57186774/person/38019744143/facts?ssrc=
  2. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1858, Ref. No. 12666
  3. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1859, Ref. No. 19393
  4. 1859 'Family Notices', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 November, p. 2. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72463045
  5. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1861, Ref. No. 2516
  6. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1862, Ref. No. 11160
  7. 1862 'Family Notices', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 30 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324271
  8. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1864, Ref. No. 11667
  9. 1865 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 November, p. 2. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112880378
  10. Australian Birth Index, 1867, Ref. No. 11161
  11. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1869, Ref. No. 25135
  12. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1871, Ref. No. 5542
  13. 1858 'SMYTHE'S CREEK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 May, p. 2. , viewed 06 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048277
  14. 1861 'ANNUAL PUBLICANS' LICENSE MEETING, SMYTHESDALE.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 June, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 24 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66340118
  15. 1862 'LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 June, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 18 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324971
  16. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 02 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  17. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 December, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250086
  18. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE. CITY COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833122
  19. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 12 Apr 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282991
  20. 1874 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 April, p. 2. , viewed 27 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201973054
  21. 1878 'SMYTHESDALE LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210374132
  22. 1879 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 12 November, p. 4. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232148045
  23. 1879 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 November, p. 4. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200132050
  24. 1879 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 20 November, p. 4. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232148337
  25. 1879 'Advertising', Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1870 - 1918), 29 November, p. 3. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226057042
  26. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 October, p. 3. , viewed 24 May 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200651276
  27. 1882 'ADVERTISEMENT MEMOS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 July, p. 3. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202124025
  28. 1888 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 April, p. 2. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209440242
  29. 1889 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 June, p. 2. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204044285
  30. 1892 'DETERMINED SUICIDE LAKE WENDOUREE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 March, p. 4. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204322855
  31. 1892 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 August, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204985837

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