Smeaton Hotel

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Smeaton Hotel
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Town Kingston
Opened 1858
Closed 1900
Demolished Burnt down, May 1900
Google maps 37°20'17.7"S 143°56'51.1"E, -37.338241, 143.947531

The Smeaton Hotel was a hotel near Kingston, Victoria, 1858-1900.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was near Kingston[1], and is shown on the 1880 Creswick Goldfields map as being 2.6km east of Kingston on the Weeroona Road.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel opened in July 1858 and closed after being destroyed in a fire in May 1900.

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for sale in October 1863:

THE SMEATON HOTEL, And land adjoining, being immediately opposite the well-known property in the occupation of Messrs Baird and Brown, millers, and on what is known as the loop line of road, which, so soon as the progressive improvements are complete, is likely to become the chief road to Castlemaine, being a considerable saving on the present route. The farm consists of 143 acres of fine land, 90 of which are in a high state of cultivation. There is attached to the house a large and well-stocked Garden, the supply of water abundant, and the whole of the farm steading and offices such as would satisfy the wants of the most practical farmer or attentive host. Immediate possession can be had. The stock, furniture, and crop to be taken by valuation.[3]

In May 1900 the hotel was destroyed by fire:

HOTEL DESTROYED BY FIRE. ALLENDALE, Monday. Early on Sunday morning the Smeaton Hotel, near Kingston, which is a wooden structure of 14 rooms, and is owned by Mr. Patrick Kerins, of Hawthorn, and occupied by Mr. R. J. Scott, was completely destroyed by fire. The building was insured for £500, and the licensee had the contents covered by insurance.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1858, Charles Minster applied for the license, but the hearing was postponed as the building was not complete.[4]
  • In June 1861 and 1863 the publican's license was granted to Andrew Mather.[5][6]
  • In January 1870 the license was granted to J. Daley.[7]
  • In May 1900 the publican was R. J. Scott.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1900 'HOTEL DESTROYED BY FIRE.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 29 May, p. 6, viewed 13 December, 2015,
  2. Creswick Goldfield 1880, Energy and Earth Resources, Victorian Government,
  3. 1863 'Advertising.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 October, p. 4, viewed 6 October, 2015,
  4. 1858 'CRESWICK LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 19 June, p. 2. , viewed 30 May 2017,
  5. 1861 'PUBLICANS' LICENSES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 June, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 30 May 2017,
  6. 1863 'CRESWICK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jun 2019,
  7. 1870 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 January, p. 4. , viewed 02 Sep 2018,

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