Telegraph Hotel (Mount Prospect)

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Telegraph Hotel
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Town Mount Prospect
Known dates 1861-1923
Demolished Destroyed by fire, 5 September 1923.

The Telegraph Hotel was a hotel in Mount Prospect, Victoria, <1861-1923.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Mount Prospect[1], on the main Ballarat-Daylesford road.[2]

In July 1894, the history of the site was mentioned in a mining report:

North-east from Rocky Lead village lies Langdon’s Hill, but a critic at my elbow, in the person of Mr J. Spence, of Creswick, insists that it is wrongly named, for, says that gentleman, “I was here in 1852, and recollect Captain Langdon’s dwelling and shepherds’ huts being close to where Durose’s (now Newton’s) hotel stands to-day.” Captain Hepburn and Captain Langdon must have had a keen sense of the nature of a bit of good land at that early date.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In June 1861 the publican's license was issued with a caution:

W. Jones,- Telegraph Hotel, Mount Prospect. Mr Paynter, for applicant, said when the house was visited the whole of the rooms were not properly furnished, but this had now been done, and he trusted the application would be granted. The police said they had no doubt the facts were as stated, and the license was granted.[4]

Keast's Cosmopolitan Line of coaches stopped at the hotel on their trips between Rocky Lead and Ballarat in 1869.[5]

The hotel was offered for lease in January 1874:

HOTEL AND STOREKEEPERS, - To LEASE, for a period of Six Years, that well-known Property called the TELEGRAPH HOTEL and STORE, Mount Prospect, Bullarook, And situated on the main Ballarat and Daylesford road. Particulars apply to Mr J. S. Kelly, Creswick; or, to William S. Jones, Mount Prospect Post-office.[2]

In October 1878 the hotel was used as a refuge in an attempted murder:

EXTRAORDINARY SHOOTING CASE NEAR DAYLESFORD. [BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.] (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT) DAYLESFORD, THURSDAY. At 9 o'clock this morning a farmer named William Hussey went into the paddock of a neighbour, W. H. Newton, at Mount Prospect, armed with a double barrelled gun, and without saying a word, he levelled the weapon at William Emmerson, Newton's ploughman. Emmerson seeing the action, got behind the plough horse. Newton's son, who was ploughing a short distance from Emmerson, seeing his danger, at tempted to get out of the way, when Hussey changed his aim and fired at Newton. The latter stooped, and miraculously escaped, as the ball lodged in a stump a few feet from him in a line with and above his head. The men and others who were working in the paddock ran for the Telegraph Hotel, situated at the corner of the paddock, Hussey after them. They got into the hotel and hid, with the exception of a man named John Robinson. Hussey ran wildly about the house seeking for Newton to murder him, when Robinson grappled with him, and after a desperate struggle Robinson got Hussey down, and with assistance secured and disarmed him after a desperate fight. The other barrel of the gun was loaded, and in his pocket Hussey had a six-chambered revolver with all the barrels loaded. Hussey raved violently for some time, when he suddenly got quiet, and appeared to sleep. Trooper Thynne came and took him to the Daylesford lockup in a cart, he being all the time insensible. He was taken to the hospital, and never recovered consciousness, and died in 20 minutes after admission not withstanding the exertions of the medical men. The cause of the attempt was a bad feeling between Newton and Hussey, as the former had impounded Hussey's cattle, and it is said Hussey drank a quart of gin that morning before the occurrence. He had on his person over £2 000.[6]

In December 1887, James Durose bought the hotel at an auction held at the Commercial Hotel, in Smeaton. The auction was a sale of the the Smeaton Estate subdivion of 22,839 acres. The Telegraph Hotel, on five acres, sold for £400.

The building was destroyed in a fire on 5 September 1923:

An old landmark, the Telegraph Hotel, at Mount Prospect, was destroyed by fire at 7.30 o'clock on Wednesday morning. The proprietor and licencee, Mr. Powell, a returned soldier, lit the morning fire and went away to milk a cow, and while thus engaged was surprised to notice that, the place was in flames. As little assistance was at hand, and no water system available, the flames soon did their work. The only surmise as to the cause of the fire is that a lamp was in use at night, and owing to a leakage petrol was on the. floor, and fumes were generated and caused the outbreak. The building was erected over sixty years ago, and consisted of a public house, store and post office, and was occupied by Mr. W. S. Jones for about twenty years. The building were partially covered by insurance.[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

  • Bullarook Farmers League, November 1866, a meeting to form the League.[8]

Mining[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jun 2016,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1874 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 January, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jan 2020,
  3. 1894 'THE NEW LEAD AT MOUNT PROSPECT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 July, p. 4. , viewed 28 Jan 2018,
  4. 4.0 4.1 1861 'PUBLICANS' LICENSES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 June, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 30 May 2017,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 February, p. 4. , viewed 26 Sep 2016,
  6. 1878 'EXTRAORDINARY SHOOTING CASE NEAR DAYLESFORD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 25 October, p. 7. , viewed 28 Jan 2018,
  7. 7.0 7.1 1923 'Mount Prospect Hotel Burnt.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 7 September, p. 6. , viewed 05 Jun 2018,
  8. 1866 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 November, p. 2. , viewed 28 Jun 2023,
  9. 1886 'GRAVES’ FREEHOLD COMPANY, MOUNT PROSPECT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 April, p. 4. , viewed 29 Dec 2019,
  10. 1894 'FRAZER'S PADDOCK COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 March, p. 4. , viewed 29 Jan 2018,
  11. 1894 'FRAZER’S PADDOCK COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 June, p. 4. , viewed 29 Jan 2018,
  12. 1892 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 April, p. 4. , viewed 28 Jan 2018,
  13. 1912 'CRUSHED UNDER HORSE.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 11 January, p. 5. , viewed 28 Jan 2018,
  14. 1919 'MOUNT PROSPECT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 June, p. 6. , viewed 05 Jun 2018,
  15. 1922 'TRANSFER OF HOTEL LICENSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 8. , viewed 28 Jun 2023,
  16. 1923 'COUNTRY HOTEL BURNT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 7 September, p. 6. , viewed 05 Jun 2018,

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