Waterloo Hotel (Sulky)

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Waterloo Hotel
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Town Sulky Gully
Known dates 1859-1901
Google maps 37°23'59.7"S 143°54'58.8"E -37.399906, 143.916342

The Waterloo Hotel was a hotel at Sulky Gully, Victoria, <1859-1901>.

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The Waterloo Hotel was at Sulky Gully, between Ballarat and Creswick.[1] Its location was described in 1901 as being about 800 metres from the railway station, opposite the Red Lion Hotel.[2] It is shown on the 1880 Creswick Goldfields map.[3]

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Google maps: 37°23'59.7"S 143°54'58.8"E -37.399906, 143.916342

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

E. Meyer, Waterloo Hotel, Sulky Gully. The police gave rather an unfavourable opinion of the manner in which this house was conducted, and consequently the license was granted with a caution.[4]

In December 1863 the hotel hosted a country ball as a fund raiser for the Creswick Hospital:

The bal champetre at Meyer's Waterloo Hotel, Sulky Gully, on Friday, in aid of the Creswick District Hospital, was attended by about twenty-five persons. Mr Meyer's gardens (remarks our local correspondent), are laid out in a very pleasing manner, and contain a rich variety of beautiful and choice flowers, which afforded a refreshing change to the guests from the dusty streets, the town's mud, and glaring quartz tailings of mining localities, while the luscious strawberry, fresh from the stalk, gratified the taste of many a connoisseur. A very choice supper was provided by Mr Meyer, who appeared to have spared no expense to please his guests. The Creswick Band being in attendance, the dancing was kept up with great spirit till morning, when the party separated well pleased with the entertainment, and each lady was supplied by the worthy hostess with a boquet of flowers as a memento of the evening.[5]

In December 1864 the hotel was offered for sale as the publican, Ernest Meyer, was insolvent:

TUESDAY, 20th DECEMBER, To Hotel-keepers, Coach Proprietors, and Others. POSITIVE SALE BY AUCTION OF First-Class Hotel in Commanding Position. J. S. CARVER (through Mr MITCHISON) is instructed to sell by auction, to the highest bidder, on the premises, Creswick road, near Sulky Gully- the commodious house known as THE WATERLOO HOTEL, (Lately occupied by Ernest Meyers, insolvent.) The hotel is well built, contains large bar, parlors, bedrooms, detached kitchen, stable, and outhouses, has twelve acres of land fenced at the rear, good garden, and is ready for immediate occupation. The coach traffic is daily increasing, and altogether this forms a snug country property. Also, The whole of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and fittings, consisting of chairs, tables, sofas, pianoforte, washstands, beds and bedding, stove, crockery, glassware, and sundries. Sale at 12 o'clock sharp. Terms for hotel-Liberal, declared at sale.[6]

The hotel was again offered for sale in June 1886:

To Hotelkeepers, Farmers, Speculators, and Others. T. A. FREEMAN has been favored with instructions from Mr William Glover (on account of ill health) to sell by public auction, as above, All that valuable FREEHOLD LAND, containing 91 acres (more or less), together with the well known hostelry, the WATERLOO HOTEL. The land is conveniently divided into four paddocks, 30 acres of which are cleared and cultivated, the remainder well timbered grass land The hotel, which is situated on the main Ballarat to Creswick road, is the nearest house of accommodation to the now famous rich Midas mines, contains 12 rooms, extensive stabling, and all necessary outbuildings, all in thorough order and repair, splendid fruit and vegetable garden attached, and is now doing an extensive and lucrative business. To parties in quest of a good investment, or a permanent home, this is a rare opportunity, as the auctioneer's instructions are to sell Any information required will he given by the agents, Messrs Blight and San, Lydiard street, or by the auctioneer. Title perfect Terms easy—at sale T. A FREEMAN, Auctioneer, 17 Armstrong street.[7]

The Waterloo hotel and 91 acres of land, situated on the Ballarat to Creswick road, in the vicinity of the Midas mines, were yesterday submitted to sale by public auction by Mr Freeman, but as the highest bid (£600) did not come up to the reserve, the property was passed in for private treaty.[8]

In November 1901 the future sale of the hotel was advertised:

SULKY GULLY. PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT. FRIDAY, 22nd NOVEMBER, 1901. HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND ABSOLUTE SALE Of VALUABLE HOTEL PROPERTY, well-known as THE WATERLOO HOTEL; Also, EXCELLENT FARM. Containing 280 acres of splendid grass land. Situated at Sulky Gully. Together with the whole of the FARM STOCK. Including 60 head CATTLE. HORSES, POULTRY. IMPLEMENTS, etc., etc. CHAS. WALKER and Cos., and A. M. GREENFIELD and CO., Auctioneers in conjunction. Have received instructions from Mr Walter Bradby to sell absolutely as above. Full particulars in future advertisement.[9]

In November 1901 a severe hailstorm and cyclone damaged property across the Ballarat district. It destroyed the hotel building:

The other hotel at Sulky, almost opposite Redman’s, known as the Waterloo hotel, was also swept away, and only the walls of one portion of the bar now remain. The roof was carried several yards away, and nearly every piece of furniture was destroyed. The trees in the neighborhood of this hotel were up rooted, and in many instances stripped to such an extent as to leave only the bare trunk. Several cattle were killed along the track of the tornado, and in many instances animals were blown into adjoining paddocks.

Bullock’s Waterloo hotel is the property of Mr Walter Bradby, of Ballarat East, and was, together with the adjoining farm properties, to have been sold by public auction on Monday next. The extent of damage to Mr Bradby’s property could not last night be fully estimated. The public house is a certain loss of fully £300 and the same amount can be placed as the result of the damage done at Redman’s hotel. A resident of Ballarat named D. Brown had pulled up with his horse and cart at the Waterloo hotel just as the storm commenced. In a few seconds the verandah and front portion of the hotel swept over Mr Brown and his horse and cart. Assistance was immediately at hand, and Mr Brown fortunately escaped with a few scratches and slight shock to the system. The horse was so encased among the debris that it had to he taken out through the window-sash.

When the storm showed such devastation to property, Mr Con. Patten took his wife and another lady with two men into a passage of the Waterloo hotel, and remained there whilst the other portions of the building together with the furniture and contents of a well-kept house, were being gradually cleared off the land. Fortunately for them this passage remained intact, simply through it being shielded by a brick wall. As it was the occupants received a terrible fright which they will ever remember. The small space they occupied was barely sufficient and, strange to say, they were for some time jammed in the passage corner, without means of escape, as two doors were unable to be opened through the falling mass of timber that accumulated there.[2]

In November 1907:

Captain Durston, who until recently was licensee of the Waterloo Hotel at Sulky, died on Tuesday. The deceased was well known in mining circles, having worked in many of the famous Ballarat alluvial mines.[10]

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  1. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.,.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 31 May, p. 2, viewed 5 November, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053346
  2. 2.0 2.1 1901 'SULKY GULLY AND DISTRICT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 November, p. 6. , viewed 19 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207180831
  3. Creswick Goldfield 1880, Energy and Earth Resources, Victorian Government, http://earthresources.efirst.com.au/product.asp?pID=400&cID=26&c=44141
  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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66340154
  5. 1863 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 08 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72511969
  6. 6.0 6.1 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 19 December, p. 3. , viewed 18 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66350593
  7. 7.0 7.1 1886 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 June, p. 3. , viewed 02 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204433813
  8. 1886 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 July, p. 2. , viewed 14 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204434210
  9. 1901 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 November, p. 7. , viewed 23 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207180319
  10. 1907 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 November, p. 6. , viewed 02 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211288961
  11. 1863 'CRESWICK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515317
  12. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 January, p. 4. , viewed 06 May 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66059706
  13. 1886 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210840183

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