Stockyard Hill Hotel

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Stockyard Hill Hotel
Photo: George Mulcahy, 1935
Town Stockyard Hill
Known dates 1863-1908
Evidence Hotel ruins still standing

The Stockyard Hill Hotel was a hotel in Stockyard Hill, Victoria, <1863-1908>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Stockyard Hill.[1] This was once a major intersection of roads connecting Beaufort to Skipton and subsequently the port of Warrnambool. The other road connected to the east the goldfields at Snake Valley and Carngham.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was described in a newspaper report in 1883 by Mark Barnes lamenting the closure of many of the region's hotels. It was described as:

Drive on round Lake Goldsmith to Stockyard Hill. Here the smith's shop has gone ; ditto the police camp ; Kirkpatrick's hotel, a first-class bluestone one-story building, formerly let to the late B. H. Stuart at £2 per week, now not worth 2s as a hotel.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Ruins of the Stockyard Hill Hotel, 2021

In June 1863 the first annual ploughing competition was held at Stockyard Hill. The hotel became the centre of the celebrations at the end of the event:

The ploughmen were provided with a lunch by Mr Kirkpatrick, at his booth on the ground. Everything went off in a very orderly manner. Two troopers from Beaufort were on the ground but their services were not called into requisition. Now, the grand rush was to the hotel where a most sumptuous dinner was provided by Mr and Mrs Robert Kirkpatrick. Certainly every praise is due to the good lady and gentleman for their hearty welcome. About fifty gentlemen sat down to the good fare provided for them. The chair was taken at five o'clock by Mr Alexander RusselL After the usual loyal toasts had been gone through, the health of the judges was proposed by Mr Anther, and was ably responded to by Mr Baird. "The successful competitors" was drunk with great applause. " Success to the town and trade of Beaufort?" was ably responded to by Messrs Henderson, and Tompkins. Next came the health of the chairman, which was drunk with great enthusiasm; and well he deserved it; for his benevolence and good qualities are well known amongst us. It was a proud sight to see a gentleman like Mr Russell in the chair. May he long be spared to lend his valuable assistance at the ploughing matches of Stockyard Hill He rose and returned thanks in a very appropriate manner. The health of the host and hostess was drunk with tremendous cheers. After a vote of thanks to Mr McQueen, the secretary, and the stewards tor the successful manner in which they had carried out the proceedings of the day, the company separated highly pleased with the first ploughing match of Stockyard Hill.[3]

In July 1867 the was a large crowd for the annual Ploughing Match dinner:

At six o'clock the farmers sat down to dinner in Kirkpatrick's hotel, with Mr Gunn, of Beaufort, in the chair, and Mr Tompkins acting as vice-president. After the usual loyal toasts, the vice-chairman gave the toast of the evening—"The Agricultural Interest and Success to Stockyard Hill Ploughing Matches." In doing so, he said that if farmers were to deal with their land as a trust, as it were, for, their children, there would be more solid contentment and happiness, and a less desire to enrich themselves at the expense of what is more substantial and lasting. The chairman gave " The Judges," to which Mr Baird responded. The "Successful and Unsuccessful Competitors" were then given respectively by the chairman and Mr Black. Mr Tompkins gave "The Pastoral and Agricultural Interests." Mr H. Arthur replied. Mr Petten proposed the toast of " The Shire Council of Ripon," to which Mr Wotherspoon responded, " Our Guests," and "The Press," and a bumper to Mr and Mrs Kirkpatrick for their successful exertions in administering to the comforts of the day, concluded the proceedings.[4]

In July 1868 the Shire of Ripon advertised that their electoral rolls could be examined at the hotel.[5]

In August 1868 the Kirkpatrick's again prepared lunch and dinner for the Ploughing Contest:

The ploughmen were supplied by Mr Kirkpatrick with lunch at the homestead of Mr Lawson. The judges, stewards, &c., were supplied with a very excellent refreshment, after the decision of the judges. Sixty or seventy gentlemen sat down to dinner at the Stockyard Hill hotel, where the hostess had prepared a sumptuous entertainment. Mr James Baird occupied the chair, Mr Wotherspoon of Beaufort doing the honors of the vice, and a pleasant evening was spent.[6]

In 1908 there was a license transfer application:

Mr P. Cohen, P.M., sat as a Licensing Court here on Tuesday, and granted the application of Miss Sarah Kirkpatrick for the transfer of the license of the Stockyard Hill hotel, Stockyard Hill, from the executors of her late mother (Mrs Jane Kirkpatrick) to herself. Mr S. Young appeared for both parties, and stated that this had been (operated) by the Kirkpatrick family for over 50 years without any offence ever having been committed under the Licensing Act.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

  • October 1865, community meeting to secure a water supply. A committee, including the publican, Robert Kirkpatrick, was formed to seek government funding to divert water from Mount Emu Creek into Lake Goldsmith.[8]

Ploughing match[edit | edit source]

  • June 1863, the first annual Ploughing Match dinner was held in the hotel.[3]
  • July 1867, the annual Ploughing Match dinner was held in the hotel.[4]
  • August 1868, the annual Ploughing Match dinner was held in the hotel.[6]
  • August 1871, the annual Ploughing Match dinner was held in the hotel.[9]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • September 1864, a political meeting for Mr. Morton.[10]
  • August 1865, polling booth for the West Riding, Shire of Ripon.[11]
  • February 1871, political meeting for Mr. Tompkins:

On Friday evening Mr Tompkins met the electors at Stuart’s hotel, Stockyard Hill; between 30 and 40 persons were present.[12]

Sporting[edit | edit source]

  • October 1908, Stockyard Hill Coursing Club, final meeting for the season.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1884 'BEAUFORT ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 Oct 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1883 'No title', Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1870 - 1918), 5 May, p. 2. , viewed 26 May 2019,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1863 'STOCKYARD HILL PLOUGHING MATCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1867 'STOCKYARD HILL PLOUGHING MATCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 July, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,
  5. 1868 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 July, p. 3. , viewed 20 Jan 2018,
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 1868 'STOCKYARD HILL PLOUGHING MATCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 August, p. 4. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,
  7. 7.0 7.1 1908 'BEAUFORT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 September, p. 6. , viewed 06 Aug 2018,
  8. 8.0 8.1 1865 'STOCKYARD HILL WATER SUPPLY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 October, p. 4. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,
  9. 9.0 9.1 1871 'STOCKYARD HILL PLOUGHING MATCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 August, p. 4. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,
  10. 1864 'MR MORTON AT STOCKYARD HILL.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 September, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,
  11. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 August, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jan 2023,
  12. 1871 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 February, p. 2. , viewed 26 May 2019,
  13. 1908 'STOCKYARD HILL COURSING CLUB.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 October, p. 8. , viewed 22 Apr 2021,

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