Weatherboard Hotel

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Weatherboard Hotel
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Town Weatherboard
Opened 1857
Known dates 1857-1885

The Weatherboard Hotel was a hotel in Weatherboard, Victoria, 1857-1885>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in the village of Weatherboard[1] which is between Lake Burrumbeet (6.6km) and Lake Learmonth (3.5km)[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

In June 1857, Clement Etter applied for the publican's license, but was refused as the hotel has not been completed.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In January 1858, a disgruntled former employee burned the haystack at the hotel:

ARSON. William Downes pleaded not guilty to indictment which charged him with setting fire to a haystack on the 18th January, the property of Clement Etter. Clement Etter stated-That he kept the Weather Board Hotel, at Burrambeet. He knew the prisoner, who was in his service on the 17th January last. On that day he was disorderly, not being sober. That night the prisoner asked for a settlement, and prosecutor got up and paid the prisoner 4s 6d which was due to him. This was after ten o'clock p.m., and the prisoner left the house. He, however, returned, and went to bed. The next morning the prisoner wanted prosecutor to drink with him, but he refused to do so. The prisoner was very noisy, and prosecutor tied him up and put him in the stable. Prosecutor afterwards released the prisoner, who left the house, saying he would make a fool of the prosecutor. Witness afterwards saw the prisoner running from a haystack, which was black, as if it had been burned. Robert Swechetez deposed that he was a carpenter. In January last he was at the " Weatherboard" Hotel, Burrambeet. On the 18th inst, Mr Etter told the prisoner to leave the premises. When the prisoner left the house, he saw him go round the fence. He went to the haystack and tried to pull the canvass off. He went to the other side of the fence and tried to light a match. He succeeded the second time, and set fire to the haystack. Witness and another man put out the fire with their hats. Siccaman, an East Indian, sworn on the Koran, corroborated the evidence of the former witness, and saw the prisoner set to the haystack. Constable Monk proved finding lucifer matches on the prisoner when he arrested him. The prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to two years on the roads.[4]

In March 1865 a group of young men were charged with serious assaults on the publican and his wife:

Aggravated Assault-Thomas Saxar, Peter Collins, James O'Hare, and Thomas O'Hare were charged with violently assaulting Clement Etter of the Weatherboard Hill, publican, on Sunday, the 19th March. Senior Constable Nelson conducted the prosecution, Mr Finn appeared for the defendants (on bail) and asked the Bench to alter the charge and substitute a civil case for damages. The Bench declined to do so. From the evidence of Clement Etter, Caroline Etter, George Keilor, John M'Donough, and others it appeared that on the Sunday in question two of the defendants entered the Weatherboard Hotel and had some beer, which they refused to pay for. Clement Etter was then called in, and said that if the beer was not paid for it should not be drunk, and at the same time he attempted to put defendant Collins out of the house. When the door was opened for this purpose, the two defendants O'Hare rushed in, knocked down Clement Etter, and kicked him severely, one of his eyes being very seriously injured, and medical attendance being necessary.

Mr Finn, for the defence, called a witness, who stated that he and others hearing that a man was being turned out of Etter's hotel, went to the place with Thomas O'Hare, and endeavored to make peace, and that Thomas O'Hare did not commit any assault. A brother of the two defendants O'Hare also gave similar evidence. At the request of the Bench Dr Leman gave evidence that he attended Clement Etter after the assault, and that Etter had sustained very serious injuries on several parts of his body, especially in one of his eyes, the sight of which he had not yet recovered, and would not for some time to come. The Bench said that no doubt a very aggravated assault had been committed, but there was no evidence against one of the defendants, Thomas Saxar, who was therefore discharged. The decision as to the other defendants was that Peter Collins and Thomas O'Hare each pay a fine of £2 and £1 10s each as costs, in default of immediate payment of penalty, 21 days imprisonment each, and in default of payment of costs distress, and in default of distress 7 days imprisonment, that James O'Hare pay a fine of £5 and £2 15s costs, in default of immediate payment of fine one month's imprisonment, and in default of payment of costs distress, and in default of distress 7 days imprisonment.
Mr Finn protested that the Bench had no authority to award costs. The Chairman said that Jervis's Act gave to him full power to do so. Mr Finn again protested and declared that the Bench was exceeding its jurisdiction. The chair man reminded Mr Finn that he opened his case by stating that any amount awarded by the Bench would be at once paid, and such statement had weighed with the magistrates in arriving at their decision. Had it not been for such statement, higher penalties would have been inflicted. As it was, the Bench intended to adhere to its decision, but would be willing to give time for payment if security was given. The penalties and costs were all ultimately paid.

The Bench directed that Thomas Saxar, just discharged on the above charge, should be arrested and brought before the Court on the charge of violently assaulting Caroline Etter, the wife of Clement Etter, on the 19th inst. The prisoner having been placed in the dock and evidence given as to the assault, which took place simultaneously with that on Clement Etter, the Bench ordered the prisoner to pay a penalty of £1, or to be imprisoned for one week.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

In September 1871 he was granted a Colonial Wine License.[12]
In February 1882 Etter was elected as a member of the Ballarat Licensed Victuallers' Association.[13]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2, viewed 28 December, 2015,
  2. Weatherboard, Victoria
  3. 3.0 3.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 3. , viewed 07 Sep 2017,
  4. 1858 'BALLARAT CIRCUIT COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 February, p. 2. , viewed 05 Sep 2020,
  5. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 March, p. 4. , viewed 03 Aug 2021,
  6. 1863 'LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 June, p. 3. , viewed 22 Apr 2016,
  7. 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Apr 2016,
  8. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Apr 2016,
  9. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Nov 2018,
  10. 1882 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 3. , viewed 02 May 2016,
  11. 1883 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Feb 2018,
  12. 1871 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 September, p. 4. , viewed 21 Dec 2023,
  13. 1882 'BALLARAT DISTRICT LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 February, p. 3. , viewed 13 Sep 2019,
  14. 1885 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 06 May 2016,

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