Wheatsheaf Hotel (Wendouree Parade)

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Wheatsheaf Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Wendouree Parade
Known dates 1857-1915
Google maps -37.551924, 143.845061

The Wheatsheaf Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1857-1915>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Wheatsheaf Hotel was in Wendouree Parade, Ballarat.[1] In 1863 the location was described as "the swamp".[2] The mining map of 1861 places the hotel midway between Webster Street and Macarthur Street.[3] The 1871 auction notice puts the hotel on the corner of Exeter Street.

Location: now 112 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree. -37.551924, 143.845061 Map: Google maps

This is now a residential site and no trace of the hotel remains.

Background[edit | edit source]

Also known as the Wheat Sheaf Hotel[3], and Gant's Hotel.

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for sale in February 1869.[4]

The hotel was offered for auction in October 1871:

WEDNESDAY, 18th OCTOBER. At the Wheat Sheaf Hotel, At Twelve o’clock. FOR ABSOLUTE SALE. SPLENDID INVESTMENT. To Capitalists, Speculators, Hotel-keepers, and Others. TUNBRIDGE, WALTERS, and CO., under instructions from the owner, will SUBMIT by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the above time and place, the following splendid Freehold Hotel Property:— LOT 1. All that Piece of LAND, having a frontage to Wendouree Parade of 102 feet 2 inches, by a depth of 102 feet 2 inches to Exeter street, on which is built that very superior Hotel Property known as GANT’S WHEAT SHEAF HOTEL, Consisting of spacious Bar, superbly fitted, 15 by 15, with comfortable and well-fitted Bar Parlor, 15 by 12, and, contiguous to same. Dining-room, well lighted. 15 by 12; Club-room, 33 by 15, with three approaches, folding doors, and fire place, care fully constructed as to ventilation, light, and sound, running parallel to which is a corridor, 33 by 4, leading to Ante-room; and three Bedrooms, 9 by 9, with front and rear approaches, affording ample and equal ventilation; Kitchen. 18 by 12, conveniently fitted with oven, &c., &c.; Servants’ Bedroom, Pantry, Storeroom: also, 4-stall Stable (stone pitched). Feed room,-and Fowl-house. There is a very tastefully, arranged Garden, Arbours, Bathroom, and Out-offices at the rear of the building. The whole forming one of the most convenient Hotel Properties in the Ballarat district. The Buildings are substantially-built of Wood, with G.C. Iron Roof[5]

In October 1871 the hotel was purchased by Henry Cuthbert:

The very old and well-known suburban hostelry, known as the Wheatsheaf hotel, Wendouree Parade, was offered for sale by auction on Wednesday morning by Tunbridge and Co. Mr Henry Cuthbert was the purchaser, for £220.[6]

In November 1878 there were a number of robberies in the local area:

At Woodhead's Wheatsheaf hotel, a traveller staying there had his coat, portmanteau, and other things stolen from the buggy in the hotel yard;[7]

In May 1903, a newspaper report showed the publican, John Murphy, was in financial difficulties:

The reserved decision of Mr. W. Dickson, P.M., in an interpleader case, W. Kenna, brewer, v. the Volum Brewing Company, of Geelong, was given on Saturday. Plaintiff claimed that certain goods seized by the company from John Murphy, licensee of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, under a distress warrant belonged to him. The police magistrate agreed with plaintiffs contention and gave him a verdict, with £6/6/ costs.[8]

In November 1905, the publican's husband was arrested for drunken behaviour in the hotel:

THE RESULT OF DRINK. Theodore Junghen, a young man who had evidently been suffering from a prolonged drinking bout, was presented on a charge of insulting behavior. Constable Barber said that on Wednesday he was called in to the Wheatsheaf hotel, of which defendant’s wife is the licensee. He found the woman in the passage crying, and saw Junghen rush out of a room flourishing a demijohn. He ordered the man to put it down, and then seeing that he was not in a fit state to take care of himself arested him. Junghen said that he had had seven large brandies that morning, and witness ascertained that he had 21 brandies, before he was arrested. The house was well conducted by Mrs Junghen, and was an orderly hotel. Defendant, who was evidenly ashamed of himself, promised that he would abstain from drink in future. He had drunk the liquor under great provocation, and did not usually drink spirits. The police magistrate said that it would be wiser to adjourn the case until after the annual licensing court, and if defendant kept his promise nothing more would be heard of the matter.[9]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. The Ballarat West licensing district hearings on this list were to be held on 27 April.[10]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • October 1864, one of the venues of the inquest into the death of Mary Peart, who was killed by a boiler explosion at the Durham Gold Mining Co.[1]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • Municipal elections, candidates to answer questions, 9 January 1857.[11]
  • October 1864 the hotel was the venue for a political meeting by Mr. Morton.[12]
  • August 1869, James McDowall, a candidate in the North Ward, addressed a crowd in a large room at the hotel.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 3 October 1864, page 1, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66348515
  2. 2.0 2.1 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72514938
  3. 3.0 3.1 Victoria. Mines Department. Ballaarat gold field. No. 1 [cartographic material] 1861. MAP RM 3915, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-rm3915-sd-cd
  4. 1869, The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 February, p. 3. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page12093702
  5. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 October, p. 3. , viewed 30 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197573461
  6. 1871 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 October, p. 2, viewed 23 December, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197573515
  7. 1878 'ROBBERIES AT WENDOUREE.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1885; 1914 - 1918), 19 November, p. 4. , viewed 18 Jan 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210373252
  8. 8.0 8.1 1903 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 May, p. 6. , viewed 10 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9821966
  9. 9.0 9.1 1905 'THE RESULT OF DRINK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 November, p. 8. , viewed 02 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211280897
  10. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  11. 1857 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 January, p. 4. , viewed 08 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66040388
  12. 1864 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 October, p. 2. , viewed 01 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66349263
  13. 1869 'BALLARAT WEST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 August, p. 3. , viewed 24 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112891410
  14. 14.0 14.1 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 20 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042654
  15. 15.0 15.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324917
  16. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 2. , viewed 08 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048627
  17. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2. , viewed 18 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053306
  18. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 10 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  19. 1872 'LICENSING BENCH', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 21 June, p. 3. , viewed 28 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191572763
  20. 1872 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 September, p. 4. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219158143
  21. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  22. 1879 'BALLARAT LICENSED VICTUALLERS’ ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 October, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jun 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200131496
  23. 1892 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 July, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204984320
  24. 1904 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 May, p. 3. , viewed 25 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210151760
  25. 1906 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 19 March, p. 5. , viewed 17 May 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196327298
  26. 1906 Victorian Electoral Roll, Ballaarat, Ballarat.


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