Town Hall Hotel (Creswick)

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Town Hall Hotel
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Town Creswick
Closed 31 December 1916
Known dates 1912-1916

The Town Hall Hotel was a hotel in Creswick, Victoria, <1912-1916.

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The hotel was in Creswick.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was one of six in the Creswick district closed by the License Reduction Board in 1916.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In March 1912, the hotel made the newspapers when the publican vanished:

HOTEL CLOSED TEMPORARILY. A good deal of surprise was occasioned on Monday morning when it was found that the Town Hall Hotel was not open ed for business as usual. The licensee, who was a stranger to the town, had only very recently taken possession. The property is included in the estate of the late Mr Alex. Lewers, for many years, manager of the Creswick branch of the Bank of New South Wales.[2]

LICENSEE VANISHES. POLICE LOCK HOTEL. CRESWICK, Thursday. Mrs Muriel Adams, licensee of the Town Hall Hotel, and her husband apparently left these licensed premises without waiting to effect a transfer of the license. A van load of furniture brought into the hotel when they went into possession four months ago was removed a week ago. It Is understood that a signed transfer was left on the promises, but the Licenslng Act provides for emergencies of this character. The building is 1-storey, mostly of brick, separated only by a narrow street from the Town Hall. It was understood when Mrs Adams and her husband arrived here that they had just come from a trip to London. The police entered the closed house, and locked it again.[3]

In December 1915, the hotel was a venue for the sale of a number of properties, including the hotel itself, belonging to the late Mr. Alex Lewers:

An extensive sale will take place at the Town Hall hotel, Creswick, on Wednesday, 22nd inst. at 3 o'clock, when Messrs Chas Walker and Co. and the Ballarat Trustee, Executors and Agency Co, in conjunction, will sell freehold property in the estate of the late Mr Alex Lewers. The lots to be submitted comprise 227 acres, 27 acres and 26 acres 1 rood 4 perches at Spring Hill, the Town Hall hotel, and acres 3 roods 16 perches of land in the borough, near the Rechabite hall. The properties must be sold. All particulars as to terms, etc., may be obtained on application to the companies mentioned.[4]

The hotel's license was reviewed by the Creswick Licensing Court in January, 1916.[5] The hearings were held in February 1916:

In the case of the Town Hall hotel, (owners, the Ballarat Trustees, Executors and Agencv Co., licensee, Mrs H. L. Smyth) the senior constable stated the hotel could be dispensed with without inconvenience. The owner and licensee had agreed to the closing of the hotel at the end of the year, and the board reserved its decision. The board then adjourned till Monday morning, in order that an inspection of all the hotels could be made.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1916 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 2 March, p. 8. , viewed 09 May 2017,
  2. 1912 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 March, p. 1. , viewed 12 Feb 2018,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1912 'LICENSEE VANISHES.', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 7 March, p. 7. , viewed 12 Feb 2018,
  4. 1915 'PROPERTY SALES.', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 14 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Feb 2018,
  5. 1916 'CRESWICK LICENSING DISTRICT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1878; 1914 - 1918), 19 January, p. 1 Edition: DAILY., viewed 9 August, 2015,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1916 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 29 February, p. 2. , viewed 23 Jan 2020,
  7. 1908 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 November, p. 6. , viewed 13 Feb 2018,
  8. 1914 'THE CRESWICK ADVERTISER', Creswick Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 27 February, p. 2. , viewed 24 Jan 2020,

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