Stag and Hounds Hotel

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Stag and Hounds Hotel
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Town near Ballarat
Street Doveton Street
Known dates 1870-1873

The Stag and Hounds Hotel was a hotel near Ballarat, Victoria, <1870-1873>.

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The hotel was on the Daylesford Road at Dead Horse.[1] In 1872 the hotel was described as being in Doveton Street.[2]

A description of a meeting of the Ballarat Hunt Club in May 1870, says the meet began at the Stag Hound Hotel, and then across the Dead Horse Gully and into the Dead Horse Ranges. From their the hunt continued towards Sulky Gully, before turning back towards Mount Rowan.[3]

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A column in the Ballarat Star newspaper in 1922 referring to events of 50 years earlier, gave the following account from 1872 of the Ballarat swindler:

A few days ago a dark-complexioned spectacled gentleman of 40 years of age alighted in Ballarat, and on promise to pay £1000 was given, the landlordship of the Stag and Hounds Hotel on the Daylesford road. He obtained a £50 piano on credit from Mr A. T. Turner, music seller, of Sturt street, £70 worth of furniture from Mr Draper, of Bridge street, and some drapery from Christie and Co., Criterion House. On Tuesday last it transpired that the engaging stranger had disappeared, and with him had gone all the goods he had obtained.[1]

The full story of the swindler:

THE BALLARAT SWINDLER. The Ballarat Star states that 'Further inquiries as to the disappearance of the man Morton show that Ballarat trades men are more confiding than we gave them credit for being. This man and his victims were the chief subject of conversation in town on Thursday. It appears, that Morton made his advent from New Zealand some months ago, and came to Ballarat in September last, and entered into arrangements for the purchase of the Suburban Hermitage Hotel, in Doveton-street, owned by Dr. Franklin. As no ready money made its appearance, this matter fell through, and then Morton, who said he had been a Government land surveyor in New Zealand, treated with Mr. Dangerfield, house and land agent, for the purchase of the Stag and Hounds Hotel in Doveton-street, near the New Cemetery. This hotel is owned by Mr. Douglas. In connection with this contemplated purchase, Morton went with Douglas to Mr. Cuthbert, solicitor. He had no ready money, but produced letters. There was one from a solicitor of Limerick, Ireland; which stated that the bearer was entitled to a legacy of £1600, left him by his uncle, and another from his brother on the same subject, and apparently confirming the first. Then there was another letter from the Limerick solicitor, stating that some property of Morton's, in Ireland, could be disposed of for £750. The letters all bore genuine postmarks, and would no doubt have disarmed all suspicion, had there been any. But every thing appeared to go as smoothly with Mr. Morton as if he had had the £1750 in his pocket. The purchase of the Stag and Hounds was completed, and bills were given for the £1000, a power of attorney being sent home, by the November mail to arrange that the bills should be met through the National Bank. The next thing was to furnish the house. We understand that Mr. Cuthbert assisted Morton in getting the licence, and Messrs. H. Smith, Turner, R. and S. Gibbs, L. S. Christy, A. H. King, Draper, Josephs, Ewins, R. Lewis, and a number of other tradesmen, all supplied Mr. Morton with their wares. No ready money ever graced any of these dealings, and the amount to which the tradesmen have suffered comes up to nearly £700. The Stag and Hounds was duly opened, with the faith-inspiring Morton in the character of Boniface, and no one appears to have suspected that anything was wrong until the milkman, calling as usual on Monday morning, found the house closed, and the goods in the course of being removed to the premises of Mr. Marks, money-lender, who had advanced some cash to Morton. The milkman informed Mr. Draper and others, but when they went to look for Morton he had departed, and has not since been hoard of. When he first arrived at Ballarat he stayed at Holmes's Bank Hotel and paid for all he received there. He was fond of nice little suppers, to which the landlord and landlady were invariably invited, and here he made himself generally agreeable. He was such a nice, mild-mannered man, with such an apparent absence of anything approaching to 'smartness' in his nature, that he appears to have had no trouble in any of his transactions, and some of the victims can still hardly realise the fact that Mr. Morton has duped them.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1922 'FIFTY YEARS AGO.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 February, p. 7. , viewed 30 May 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1872 'THE BALLARAT SWINDLER.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 10 February, p. 20. , viewed 26 Mar 2018,
  3. 1870 'BALLARAT HOUNDS.', The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), 28 May, p. 11. , viewed 30 May 2017,
  4. 1871 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 June, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jan 2024,
  5. 1873 'QUARTERLY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Mar 2020,

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