Southern Cross Hotel (Geelong Road)

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Southern Cross Hotel
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Known dates 1860-1862

The Southern Cross Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, <1860-1862>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Geelong Road, next to the Southern Cross Quartz Mining Company claim.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In September 1861 David Lyall was charged with breaking into the hotel:

David Lyall was charged with having, on the 22nd inst, burglariously entered the premises of Mrs. Jones, known as the Southern Cross Hotel, Plank road. The prisoner, upon being placed in the dock, was understood to make some observation to the effect that he had neither defence nor explanation to make. Mrs Mary Jones, owner of the hotel, stated that at about half-past three or four o'clock on Sunday morning she was awakened by a noise in the back part of the house. She called upon Mr Daniel Henson, her manager, who informed her that a man had broken into the house. She then got up, dressed herself, lighted a candle, proceeded to the back parlor in the rear of the premises, and discovered the intruder and Henson violently struggling together. Henson had his hand on the shoulder of the defendant, who seemed to be endeavoring to get away. Defendant "cooied" several times, but, so far as witness knew, was not answered by any one. She saw that the door which opened into the yard had been forced, and that the fastenings of the lock were loose. The police were sent for to take the defendant into custody. At the time he appeared quite sober. The property in the room was not disturbed. Daniel Henson, manager at the Southern Cross Hotel for Mrs Jones, being sworn, stated that at about half past three o'clock he was awakened by the barking of dogs, and soon after heard a loud noise as of the bursting in of a door, he immediately got out of bed, and without a light proceeded to the room, when he found that the intruder had managed to get behind a barrel which stood at the back of the door. The defendant was in a crouching position, and apparently concealing himself. Witness laid his hand on the other's shoulder, whereupon he started up. A scuffle ensued, during which he cooied frequently, as witness thought, to obtain the assistance of an accomplice outside. His suspicions in this respect were justified by his hearing the footsteps of a man among the firewood outside. Witness then called the landlady to get a light, and managed to keep hold of his prisoner till the police arrived, when he was given in charge. The prisoner, (witness stated) was quite a stranger to him, and he had not been permitted to sleep there. Only a few minutes had elapsed between the time that he had been aroused and the capture, no opportunity therefore had been afforded for the removal of any goods. Henry C. Wilson, a boarder in the house, deposed to having been awoke by the noise, and going down stairs to see what was the matter, he was a spectator of a portion of the scuffle, and thought the defendant was sober at the time, as sober as he was now. The prisoner upon being asked what he had to say for himself, replied that as to general character he could refer to Mr Brodie, of the saw mills, but that as to the present case he had nothing to say. He could bring character in black and white if necessary. The Bench decided upon remanding the case till Wednesday.[2]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • December 1861 - on Mary Ann Lecky, aged 44, an Irishwoman, found drowned in an old mine shaft, having fallen in while drunk.[3]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1860 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 August, p. 4. , viewed 19 Jul 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 September, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 20 May 2019,
  3. 1861 'INQUESTS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 December, p. 2. , viewed 13 Mar 2020,
  4. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 02 Oct 2020,
  5. 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019,

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