Stag Hotel (Kingston)

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Stag Hotel
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Town Kingston
Known dates 1860-1880
Google maps 37°23'59.7"S 143°54'58.8"E, -37.399906, 143.916342

The Stag Hotel was a hotel in Kingston, Victoria, <1860-1880>

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Kingston.[1] It is shown on the 1880 Creswick Goldfields map.[2] The hotel was on the northwest corner of Stag Road and Kingston Road, diagonally opposite the Victoria Hotel.

Location[edit | edit source]

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

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History[edit | edit source]

In July 1860, the landlord's daughter was offered a pair of boots which had been stolen from the George Hotel in Kingston:

Mary Ann Allen, daughter of the landlord of the Stag Hotel, deposed that prisoner asked her how she was off for boots, and told her she ought to get a pair.[3]

In March 1861 a man had his coat stolen from the hotel:

STEALING WEARING APPAREL.-William Gibson was charged with stealing a coat and other articles the property of J. Landgrell. Prosecutor identified the articles and said he left them on a table in the Stag Hotel, Kingston. He went into the yard, and on his return they were gone. He and others followed and overtook the prisoner with the things. He wanted them to give him a good hammering and let him go. Valued the articles at 30s. Prisoner, who received a character from the police not likely to lessen his sentence, was adjudged to be imprisoned for six months with hard labor.[4]

In April 1861 a man was robbed outside the hotel:

"...a case of robbery from the person of one Stubbs at Kingston, who while suffering a recovery outside the Stag Hotel, at that place, was eased of his watch and chain and sundry moneys. The landlord gave evidence of seeing the prisoner rob him and afterwards run away. Having been remanded to the next day, he was committed for trial, and the following day went through that ordeal at Ballarat, an I wits sentenced to six months' imprisonment. The prisoner, a mere youth, was a subject worthy of pity, as his want of education and dissolute appearance bore testimony to the manner in which he had been brought up..."[5]

In January 1862, after a fight at the hotel, the publican was charged with assault:

ASSAULT.-At the Police Court to-day (before Messrs J. D. Moore, and Richardson) Elijah Lempree appeared to charge Joseph Allan with assaulting him. Mr R. D. Thompson attended for the plaintiff, and Mr Barton for the defendant. The complainant is a farm laborer, and the defendant, the landlord of the Stag Hotel, Kingston. A few nights ago there was some dancing at the Stag Hotel, on which occasion a row took place between another man and the complainant, who is said to be a teetotaller. While they were fighting the defendant is said to have struck Lempree on the side of the head with a poker. Several witnesses swore to the assault, while others quite as stoutly denied that anything of the sort happened. The balance of evidence, however, appears to have been in favor of the complainant, for the Bench fined the landlord one shilling and costs, adding that they would have made the fine heavier only that the plaintiff ought to have left the house when requested by the landlord to do so. This decision of the Bench must be one of those bits of humor by which men oppressed with grave duties sometimes try to relieve the monotony of their occupations; for they cannot mean in sober reality that if men are requested to leave a house by the landlord, and they do not immediately comply, he is warranted in clearing the house with a poker.[6]

In February all the furniture, fittings and stock of the hotel were to auctioned after the tenant failed to pay rent. The land and building were also offered for sale:

KINGSTON. THURSDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY. Under Distraint for Rent. To Hotelkeepers, Farmers, Persons Furnishing, and Others. JAMES BRAWN will sell by public auction, on the premises, the Stag Hotel, Kingston, under the above peremptory circumstances, on Thursday, the 27th February, at Twelve o'clock sharp- The whole of the well-assorted, Stock-in-trade of the above Hotel. And also the whole of the Furniture, Farming Stock, horses, drays, poultry, pigs, hay, and wheat, &c, belonging to the same. Immediately after sale of the above, the Auctioneer will submit to competition the very valuable Freehold property, consisting of 62 Acres of Prime Agricultural Land, on which the Stag Hotel is erected. The Hotel, which is finished throughout in a most solid and substantial manner, is built of brick, and contains, in addition to a large and commodious bar, bagatelle-room, parlor, sitting-room, five bed-rooms, and kitchen, with stabling and outbuildings. The above opportunity is an unusually advantageous one for any person desirous of entering upon a ready-made publican's business. The house is situated in the heart of a fine and well populated agricultural district, and is doing a large and rapidly increasing ready-money trade, while the land itself is well known as being one of the choicest pieces in the neighborhood. Full particulars and terms at sale. W. E. and A. S. KING.[7]

In January 1865 a man was caught trying to sell stolen boots at the hotel:

Edward Docherty was charged with having, on Wednesday, stolen a pair of boots from Daniel Cameron, at Kingston. It appeared that the prosecutor had, while in a drunken state, gone to sleep in a stable at Kingston, and on awakening found that his boots had been taken off his feet. Constable Kilpedder succeeded in tracing the missing articles, and arrested the prisoner at the Stag Hotel, at which he had offered the boots for sale. The prisoner was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with hard labour.[8]

The hotel was mentioned in the Creswick shire road report in March 1865.[9]

The hotel was offered for sale in November 1866:

THE STAG HOTEL Is a large substantial brick house having every requisite out-building in tho way of stabling, &c., situate in tho township of Kingston on the main line of road to Castlemaine, and is at present doing a good paying and inexpensive business. The farm attached contains 61 acres of deep, rich, black soil, it has recently been fenced with a substantial three-rail fence, and has been lying fallow for the last two years. There is a permanent spring of water near the Hotel.[10]

In August 1867 a horse race was arranged to finish at the hotel:

'A race has been arranged...between Mr Green's Stronger and Mr Saville's Whisky. Both owners are well-known in the Kingston and Smeaton district. The distance was one mile and seven-eighths, from Pickering's corner on the Smeaton road to the Stag hotel, Kingston. Whisky came in a winner by a considerable distance.[11]

In 1868 a man was held in Ballarat for possibly stealing a cheque from the hotel:

A man who stated his name was Charles West, and who had been arrested at Ballarat last Saturday, on suspicion of being Charles Coone, who stole a cheque for 3l from the Stag hotel, Kingston, on 10th July, was remanded till Friday next, for the attendance of Mrs Saville.[12]

There was a theft from the till of the hotel in February 1869:

On Saturday, 13th February, before Mr Dowling, P.M., John Barnes, a swagsman, was charged with stealing £1 7s 6d, the property of Mrs Saville, from the till of the Stag hotel, Kingston, on 12th February. It appeared that the barman had gone out of the bar for a few minutes leaving the prisoner and two other men in the room. On returning, he saw the prisoner in the act of getting over the counter. The barman immediately went to the till and missed a one pound note and three half-crowns, upon which Constable Doyle was sent for, who, on searching the three men in the room, found three half-crowns on the prisoner, but the note was not forthcoming. The constable being, however, satisfied that the note was close at hand somewhere, made a most minute search of the place, and it was at last discovered lying on the floor just behind the place where the prisoner was sitting. The prisoner was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with hard labor. George Russell, one of the men who was in the bar at the time of the theft, was charged with being an accomplice of Barnes, but there being no evidence against him he was discharged.[13]

In 1870 a local tried to cash a forged cheque at the hotel:

Henry Augustus Dowling appeared on remand charged with forging and uttering, with intent to defraud, a cheque for £4 15s, at Kingston, on 21st February. It appeared that the prisoner, who is respectably connected, had on Saturday, 19th instant, presented to Mrs Saville, of the Stag hotel, Kingston, a cheque for £1 15s on the National Bank, Kingston, purporting to be signed by a farmer named Pincock, whom the prisoner stated he had been working for, and obtained thereon 15s. Mrs Saville presented the cheque on the Monday following at the bank, when it was pronounced a forgery. Dowling was accordingly arrested by Constable Doyle.[14]

In July 1875 the police were suspicious that a fire which destroyed the kitchen had been deliberately lit by the publican to claim on the insurance:

An inquest was held at Kingston, on the 1st inst., on a fire which occurred at the Stag Hotel on the night of the 23rd July. The proprietress, a Mrs. Avison, had effected an insurance on a wooden kitchen attached to the brick hotel, furniture and stock, to the extent of £200, the said policy expiring on the 25th July, or just two days after the fire occurred. One of the witnesses also swore that Mrs. Avison had remarked to him some time previous that there might be a conflagration some time before August. This having been talked about induced the police to take the matter in hand. The origin of the fire remains a mystery, and the jury returned an open verdict.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1875 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 9 September, p. 3. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  2. Creswick Goldfield 1880, Energy and Earth Resources, Victorian Government,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1860 'BALLARAT CIRCUIT COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 July, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  4. 1861 'CRESWICK POLICE-COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 March, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  5. 1861 'CRESWICK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 22 April, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1862 'CRESWICK.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 January, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  7. 1862 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 February, p. 3. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  8. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 January, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  9. 1865 'COUNCIL OF CRESWICKSHIRE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 March, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  10. 1866 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 November, p. 3. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  11. 1917 'FIFTY YEARS AGO.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 August, p. 8. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  12. 12.0 12.1 1868 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 July, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  13. 1869 'POLICE. EASTERN COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 February, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  14. 14.0 14.1 1870 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 February, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  15. 1861 'PUBLICANS' LICENSES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 June, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  16. 1862 'CRESWICK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 August, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  17. 1863 'CRESWICK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jun 2019,
  18. 1871 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 October, p. 4. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,
  19. 1870 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 January, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2016,

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