Smeaton Reserve Hotel

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Smeaton Reserve Hotel
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Town Smeaton
Closed 1908
Known dates 1886-1908
Demolished March 1917

The Smeaton Reserve Hotel was a hotel at Smeaton, Victoria, <1886-1908.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Smeaton.[1]

The location of the hotel is indicated on the 1880 Creswick Gold Field map, west of Hepburn Lagoon, near Hepburn Mill.

Background[edit | edit source]

This may possibly be the "new" Smeaton Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in May 1900. The publicans surname is Scott at both hotels.

The Smeaton Reserve Hotel was on Werona-Kingston Rd near the location now known as the Bullarook Creek Streamside Reserve on Birch Creek, west of Hepburn Lagoon. This is the most southern edge of Smeaton and is actually closer to the town of Kingston. It should not be confused with the hotels that were in the town of Smeaton. In 1908 when the Smeaton Reserve Hotel license was surrendered, the hotel was described as an old wooden building. This would not be the case if it was rebuilt in 1900.

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was run by a publican named Sheehan in 1895:

ELLIOTT.— The Friends of Mr THOMAS ELLIOTT are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his dearly beloved Wife to their last resting-place, the Ballarat Old Cemetery. The funeral cortege will leave Sheehan's Smeaton Reserve Hotel. Smeaton, this day (Saturday), the 3rd Inst., at 11 o’clock. JOHANNSEN and SON, Undertakers, Allendale.[2]

In April 1897 Sheehan offered prize money of £2 2s for a cycle race to Smeaton.[3]

Several men were charged with disorderly conduct at the hotel in 1901:

At the Allendale Police Court on Wednesday four men were charged on summons by Constable Robinson, of Kingston, with creating a disturbance at the Smeaton Reserve hotel. When Mrs Scott, the licensee, refused to serve them with more liquor they became abusive, and began to make things lively. One of the defendants put in an appearance, and was fined 5s, with 3s costs. The other three failed to appear, and were each fined £3, in default 14 days. It is said that 'the men have left the district, and the necessary steps will be taken to bring them back.[1]

In November 1901, the upcoming sale of the hotel was advertised:

SMEATON. TO BE SOLD AT AN EARLY DATE. THE WELL-KNOWN SMEATON RESERVE HOTEL. CHAS .WALKER, and CO. have received instructions from Mr R. G. Scott to sell, as above. Full particulars will be duly advertised in future advertisement.[4]

The hotel was one of 47 Ballarat district hotels closed by the License Reduction Board in 1908. The owner was paid £266 compensation and the licensee £25.[5]

William Coles, owner and licensee, sought to surrender his license. Inspector Balchin said the hotel was in the Clunes licensing district. The statutory number of hotels was 11, and the existing number 33. It was an old wooden building, and a well conducted hotel. The nearest licensed houses were the Farmers', the Cumberland and the Commercial Hotel. The Farmers’ would benefit most by the Smeaton Reserve Hotel being closed—perhaps to the extent of half of the trade. The other half would be divided equally between the other two. The hotel was not required. The surrender was accepted.[6]

Messrs Andrews (chairman), Cumming, and Barr, of the Licensing Reduction Board, sat at the Police Court on Tuesday morning, and dealt with the surrendered license of the Smeaton Reserve hotel, at Smeaton...Mr W. A. Drew, of Ballarat, valued the property at £500, and considered that it would bring in a rental of £1 per week...Sub-Inspector Balchin, licensing inspector for the district, stated that the hotels referred to could be closed without inconvenience. The chairman stated that their decision would be made known early next week at Ballarat. Subsequently the board inspected the hotels.[7]

After delicensing[edit | edit source]

In February 1917 the owner and former licensee William Coles announced he was going demolish the hotel:

OLD LANDMARK. The delicensed Smeaton Reserve hotel is being demolished, Mr Coles having made up his mind to spend his remaining years at Ballarat. The building will be sold in sections next month.[8]

SMEATON. (Delicensed Reserve Hotel). THURSDAY. MARCH 15. 1.30 p.m. HALF-ACRE FREEHOLD LAND. SECOND HAND BUILDERS' MATERIAL AND REQUISITES, W.B. KITCHEN AND W.B. STABLE (for removal), GAL. IRON TANKS, &c. JOHN T. SLOAN and Co. will sell by public auction, under definite instructions from Mr William Coles, who has decided to demolish the hotel premises, consisting of 12 rooms, and dispose of the material (which is of good quality) in convenient lots to suit purchasers. CORRUGATED Iron (all lengths). Ridging. Spouting, Down Pipe, T. and G. Flooring and Lining, Hardwood (all lengths and sizes). Bar Windows, Doors, Sashes, Mantelpieces, Mouldings, Scotia, Architraves, Counter, Shelving, Chimneys, Bricks, Gal. Iron Tanks, &c, HALF-ACRE Freehold land (superior soil and situation), detached W.B. Kitchen (2 rooms), and W.B. Stable, iron roofs (for removal). JOHN T. SLOAN & CO., Auctioneers, Allendale ('phone 2), Creswick, Clunes and Daylesford.[9]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1901 'ALLENDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 October, p. 6, viewed 13 December, 2015,
  2. 1895 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 August, p. 3. , viewed 06 Feb 2024,
  3. 1897 'CYCLING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 April, p. 4. , viewed 06 Feb 2024,
  4. 1901 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 November, p. 7. , viewed 23 Jul 2019,
  5. 1908 'BALLARAT HOTELS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 May, p. 3. , viewed 17 May 2016,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1908 'SMEATON RESERVE HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 April, p. 4. , viewed 11 Feb 2018,
  7. 1908 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 May, p. 6. , viewed 09 Feb 2020,
  8. 1917 'DISTRICT NEWS.', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 27 February, p. 3. , viewed 06 Feb 2024,
  9. 1917 'Advertising', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 6 March, p. 3. , viewed 06 Feb 2024,
  10. 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jun 2016,

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