Tam O'Shanter Hotel (Creswick Road)

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Tam O'Shanter Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Creswick Road
Closed November 1920
Known dates 1856-1920

The Tam O'Shanter Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1856-1920.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Tam O'Shanter Hotel was in Creswick Road.[1] It is now the site of 'Aldi' in Creswick Road.[2]

In 1862 there were complaints about the drains in the area:

A correspondent requests us to call the attention of the Western Council to certain drains on the Creswick Road, between Watson's Foundry and the Tam o'Shanter Hotel, which are choked up and thus cause some inconvenience. Our correspondent states that a man was employed about a week ago to clear out these drains, but he left just before he got to the worst place.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In December 1856 the hotel had a booth at the Ballarat races:

The next booth to that Mr Anderson's was occupied by Mr Quiney, of the Race Course Hotel, and the next to that was the tent of Mr M'Kissock, of the Tam O'Shanter.[4]

In April 1858 a woman who had stolen a saddle at Castlemaine was arrested near the hotel after the police were notified by telegraph.[5]

In February 1863, a customer's body was found in the Swamp (Lake Wendouree):

SUPPOSED MURDER AT Ballarat.-The Star of yesterday reports that the body of a man who had evidently been murdered, had been found by some children in one of the stone quarries in the Swamp. The deceased is about 5 feet 10 inches in height, stoutly made, about 20 or 30 years of age, and has sandy whiskers and dark hair. A photograph of deceased was taken on Sunday morning. He was identified on the same evening as a wood-splitter, known as Big Davy. On Tuesday night deceased and mate were drinking freely at the Tam O'Shanter Hotel, both having money. Deceased had not been seen alive since they left the hotel. No property of any description was found on the body. An inquest was to be held yesterday morning.[6]

In March 1863 a man was charged with breaking the hotel's windows:

A ROWDY.-Thomas Little was charged with smashing the windows of the Tam o'Shanter Hotel, and also with using obscene language. The prosecutor declined to press the first charge, and the police proved the second, whereupon the Bench fined the accused 20s, or 21 hours in gaol[7]

Tam O'Shanter for sale, 1868

The hotel was offered for sale in January 1868:

FOR SALE BY PRIVATE CONTRACT—That Splendid Freehold Property known as THE TAM O'SHANTER HOTEL, Creswick road, Ballarat, with Store and Butcher's Shop connected to it. The Hotel contains a spacious bar, bar parlors, large dining room, private sitting rooms, five bedrooms, large kitchen, with stove and every accommodation, pantry, and yard ninety feet long, with stabling and sheds capable of containing fifty horses the proprietor has also lately erected a first-class two horse Chaff cutting machine (quite new); also store for containing chaff and capable of holding from ten to twelve tons of hay. For terms apply to the proprietor Mr T. HUCKS on the premises, Title Guaranteed.[8]

In 1884 the publican charged Sergeant O'Neill for assault, but the case was dismissed.[9]

In January 1894 there was a fire at the rear of the hotel:

No less than three fires occurred in the City and Town during the early hours of yesterday morning. At half-past 2 o’clock the wooden buildings at the rear of the Tam o'Shanter hotel, in Creswick road, became ignited and were burnt to the ground. The place was unoccupied but has, of late, been used as a resort by swagmen. The owner of the buildings is Mr A. Ross, but whether they were insured or not is unknown.[10]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[11]

In March 1920 the hotel was again included on a list of hotels to be closed by the License Reduction Board in hearings at the Ballarat Supreme Court:

Mr J. B. Pearson appeared for the owner (Ballarat Brewing Company) and licensee (Catherine Matthews) of the Tam O'Shanter Hotel. Evidence was given by Sergt. Rogers that the Tam O'Shanter Hotel contained 12 rooms and of the seven bedrooms, four were available for public use. The Tam O’Shanter Hotel was the weakest of those in the section. Constable Morris tendered corroborative evidence. To Mr Pearson—The place was well conducted and supplied a good many people. Catherine Matthews said she had been licensee of the Tam O'Shanter Hotel for 11 years. The bedrooms available to the public were extensively used, and she supplied from 50 to 60 meals per month. Several witnesses gave evidence as to the desirability of the hotel being in the locality, owing to the number of industries adjacent to it.[12]

The hotel was sold in November 1920 for £600, one of six de-licensed hotels owned by the Ballarat Brewing Company.[13]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • December 1857, inquest into the death of Alexander Castles Kay.[14]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • August 1869, C. D. Cuthbert, a candidate for the North Ward, held a meeting at the hotel.[15]

The People[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

There were also other Tam O'Shanter Hotels in North Melbourne[26], Specimen Gully[27] and Launceston.[28]


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72514938
  2. Email from Mike Nicholls (McKissock descendant) to Clare Gervasoni, 01 May 2015.
  3. 1862 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 10 June, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324705
  4. 1856 'BALLARAT RACES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 December, p. 3. , viewed 08 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250439388
  5. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 April, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66047446
  6. 1863 'SUPPOSED MURDER', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 24 February, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87934614
  7. 1863 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 March, p. 3, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72555781
  8. 8.0 8.1 1868, The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 January, p. 3. , viewed 02 Feb 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12091246
  9. 1884 'MULTUM IN PARVO.', Traralgon Record and Morwell, Mirboo, Toongabbie, Heyfield, Tyers and Callignee Advertiser (Traralgon, Vic. : 1883 - 1886), 29 February, p. 3 Edition: morning., viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71544685
  10. 1894 'FIRES IN BALLARAT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 January, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209802415
  11. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  12. 12.0 12.1 1920 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 March, p. 3. , viewed 17 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212060416
  13. 1920 'DELICENSED HOTELS SOLD.', The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), 26 November, p. 8, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73179930
  14. 1857 'Local and General news.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 December, p. 3, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045437
  15. 1869 'BALLARAT WEST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 August, p. 3. , viewed 24 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112891410
  16. 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 13 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042654
  17. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2. , viewed 18 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053306
  18. 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324917
  19. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 10 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  20. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  21. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186441
  22. 1882 'ADVERTISEMENT MEMOS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 August, p. 3. , viewed 13 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202126257
  23. 1882 'CITY LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202701446
  24. 1893 'TRANSFERS OF LICENSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 September, p. 3. , viewed 18 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209796547
  25. 1899 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 March, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215321289
  26. 1896 'CONVALESCENT.', North Melbourne Courier and West Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1895 - 1913), 24 July, p. 2, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103233351
  27. 1874 'A Strange Death.', Northern Territory Times and Gazette (Darwin, NT : 1873 - 1927), 21 November, p. 4, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3143497
  28. 1890 'LAUNCESTON.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 17 September, p. 1 Supplement: The Mercury Supplement, viewed 4 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12704095


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