Three Castles Hotel

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Three Castles Hotel
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Town Smeaton
Known dates 1861-1873

The Three Castles Hotel was a hotel in Smeaton, Victoria, <1861-1873>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Smeaton.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

  • In November 1864, the hotel was the venue for the Agricultural Dinner, following the show, and about 100 gentlemen were present.[2]
  • In March 1873 the hotel was the venue for a supper and ball for tenants on the Hepburn Estate at Smeaton:

The trustees of the Smeaton Estate entertained their tenantry to a ball and supper on Friday night last, at Minster's hotel. The company was a most numerous and respectable one, and gave evidence that the Hepburn tenants must be a happy and prosperous race of people. Among the invited guests were Mr. Philipps,, M.L.A, the Messrs Anderson Bros., Mr J. Dougall, and many other influential farmers and their wives. The fair sex mustered particularly strong on the occasion and seemed highly, to enjoy the pleasures, of the ball; and it was also evident they had prepared for the event with unsparing hands, by the display of elegant toilettes. At midnight supper was served up, after which speeches were delivered by Mr Philipps, M.L.A.; Mr Zeal, M.L.A, Mr Kirby, Rev. M. Dixon, and other gentlemen. The toast, the Hepburn Family, was responded to by Mr Geo. Hepburn. "The Tenantry." " The Ladies,” &c., &c., followed, after which an adjournment to the ballroom took place, and dancing was resumed and continued until morning.[3]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • Euphemia Ryan, aged 27, inquest April 1867:

An inquest was held by the district coroner, on 10th April, at Minster's hotel, Smeaton, on the body of Euphemia Ryan, aged 27 years. Dr Steel made a post mortem examination, and found that death was caused by diarrhoea, accelerated by intemperance. The jury returned a verdict according to the medical evidence. [4]

Sporting[edit | edit source]

  • On Boxing Day 1864, the hotel was the venue for a sports day:

A very large number of people were present at the Three Castles Hotel, Smeaton, on Boxing Day, to witness the racing, quoit playing, tossing the caber, and other amusements. The first race, mile heats, for a saddle and bridle ; second horse to take the bridle ; six entries ; both heats were taken by Mr B. Wilson's Creeping Jane, and the bridle fell to Mr Beckett's Sydney. The second race, half mile heats, for a bridle and breastplate, six entries, was won by Mr Pegler's Flirt; whip and spurs to the second horse, Mr Toose's Young St.Patrick. Third race, mile heats; first horse to have £3 10s; second horse, 30s. Mr Wilson's Creeping Jane first, Mr Gaunt's horse second. The whole of the sports passed off well, and nothing occurred to mar the hilarity of the occasion.[1]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1861 the publican was Charles Minster. His license was issued with a caution about the cleanliness of the hotel.[5]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 December, p. 2. , viewed 29 Jan 2017,
  2. 1864 'SMEATON, SPRING HILL, AND BULLAROOK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 November, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 11 Feb 2018,
  3. 1873 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 March, p. 2. , viewed 08 Nov 2018,
  4. 1867 'The Ballarat Star.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 April, p. 2. , viewed 02 May 2019,
  5. 1861 'PUBLICANS' LICENSES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 June, p. 2. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 30 May 2017,

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