Wheeler's Bridge Hotel

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Wheeler's Bridge Hotel
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Town Lawrence
Closed 1908
Known dates 1882-1908

Wheeler's Bridge Hotel was a hotel in Lawrence, Victoria, <1882-1908.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Lawrence.[1] Wheeler's Bridge crosses Birch Creek, close to the Berry gold mines. An early reinforced concrete bridge, designed by Sir John Monash and built in 1898-1900 is still in use.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In April 1885 a row between the settlements two publicans reached the courts:

At the Allendale Police Court on Wednesday, Jane Cowie, a publican, residing at Wheeler’s bridge, Smeaton, proceeded against Thomas Dilena, also a publican at the same place, for unlawful assault. Dilena, in turn, took out a summons for unlawful assault against Jane Cowie, Isabella Cowie, Alexander Cowie, Agnes Cowie, and John Phillips. Mr Pearson and Mr Randall appeared for Mrs Cowie, and Mr Finlayson for Dilena. Several witnesses were called and their evidence differed very materially. It appeared there has been an ill-feeling existing for several years between the two parties, which eventually broke out in a “ small squabble." After hearing the evidence; the bench (consisting of Messrs J. Eales and G. L. Nase, J’s.P.) dismissed both cases.[3]

In April 1908 the licensee Thomas Delina told the court he would surrender the license.[4]

In May 1908 the hotel was included on a list of 47 hotels to be delicensed by the License Reduction Board[1]:

In the Wheeler’s Bridge case the licensee considered that the property was worth £500 to £550, and in reply to the chairman thought that it should bring in a rental of 30s to 35s a week. Sub-Inspector Balchin, licensing inspector for the district, stated that the hotels referred to could be closed without inconvenience. The chairman stated that their decision would be made known early next week at Ballarat. Subsequently the board inspected the hotels.[5]

The owner was paid £315 compensation and the licensee £97.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1882 Thomas Dilena (spelled as Delani) had his license renewed.[6]
    • In December 1883 his license was renewed (spelled as Dehina).[7]
    • In April 1885 the publican was Thomas Dilena.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1908 'BALLARAT HOTELS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 May, p. 3. , viewed 12 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10670968
  2. Wheeler's Bridge, Creswick: A Living History, http://www.creswick.net/creswick/history/building/wheelers-bridge
  3. 3.0 3.1 1885 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 April, p. 2. , viewed 18 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207636411
  4. 1912 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 2 March, p. 19. , viewed 03 Dec 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197401617
  5. 1908 'CRESWICK.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 May, p. 6. , viewed 09 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205464702
  6. 1882 'CLUNES LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article250130951
  7. 1883 'CLUNES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201619510

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