White Horse Hotel (Ascot)

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White Horse Hotel
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Town Ascot
Known dates 1857-1863

The White Horse Hotel was a hotel at Ascot, Victoria, <1857-1863>.

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The White Horse Hotel was at Ascot. Described in a newspaper report in 1899:

"Mrs Stuckey deposed that she was the wife of Wm. Stuckey of the White Horse Hotel, Ascot."[1]

The hotel is also described at other times as being at Burrumbeet (1857 and 1859)[2][3], Dowling Forest (1858)[4], and at Mount Blowhard (1859).[5] Ascot and Blowhard are only 4 km apart, and Burrumbeet is the parish which might account for the confusion.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In July 1859 the publican answered complaints about the hotel:

Mr STÜCKEY, of the White Horse Hotel, writes in reply to the statement of Mr Bantock, published in the Star on Tuesday last. Mr Stuckey says his stable was full, and Mr Bantock's horse was tied in the yard along with those of other gentlemen, where they were supplied with hay, and had a man's attention, and that the charge of 3s was for this.[6]

The hotel was burgled in January 1862:

BURGLARY.-Hugh M'Allister and Thos. M'Donald were charged with burglary at the White Horse Hotel on the 12th instant. Margaret Stuckey, proprietress of the White Horse Hotel, deposed to having closed her house and fastened all doors and windows before retiring to bed on Sunday night last. At daybreak the next morning she found that her bar had been entered by the window, the glass in which was broken, and the woodwork cut with a sharp instrument. The door between the bar and a parlor which had been fastened at night by three bolts at the bar side, was open. She missed several bottles of spirits from the bar as well as a towel, and from the parlor, two coats, a waistcoat, a silk handkerchief, and a knife, her property, and a silver watch and chain, the property of one of her servants, which when she went to bed on Suuday night she had left hanging up in the parlor. Witness identified as her property two coats and several other articles produced by the police, and also stated that the label on a bottle of brandy produced was similar to those on the two bottles of brandy which she missed. Constable Moriarty stated on oath that from information received he went in company with Senior Constable M*Hugh, the son of the prosecutrix, and Louis Decrauzat her servant, on the 15th instant to Ascot, and that at 11 p.m. he saw the two prisoners lying asleep on the ground by the side of the road, about three-quarters of a mile from the Ascot Hotel. Before waking them he found the silver watch produced under the prisoner M'Donald, but the prisoner M'Allister subsequently claimed the watch as his property. The senior constable took a swag from under M'Allister's head, which was found to contain the two coats, waistcoat, towel, handkerchief, knife, &c, now produced. Senior Constable M'Hugh gave similar evidence, and further mentioned that he found the bottle of brandy now produced, on the ground between the two prisoners as they lay near each other when first discovered. He had also examined the window of the bar-room at the White Horse Hotel carefully, and found the woodwork thereof had been cut by some sharp instrument similar to the knife found with prisoner. Louis Decrauzat, a servant in the employ of Mrs Stuckey, stated that on the 13th inst, he discovered that the bar had been broken open, and called the prosecutrix, who, on examination, missed the several articles enumerated by her in her evidence. The prisoners, who declined making any statement, were then committed for trial at the next Circuit Court, at Ballarat.
STEALING A SILVER WATCH AND CHAIN -Hugh M'Allister and Thomas M'Donald, the same prisoners, were then charged with stealing the silver watch and chain (alluded to in the previous case), the property of Louis Decrauzat. The evidence given was similar to that in the former case, the prosecutor fully identifying the watch and chain produced by the police as his property, and stating that he last saw the same hanging in Mr Stuckey's parlor on the evening of the 12th instant. Both prisoners were then committed for trial on this charge also. The Court then adjourned.[7]

At some time in 1862 the hotel closed, but a new license was granted in November 1862:

PUBLICAN'S LICENSE. John Whateley applied for a new license for the house known as Stuckey's White Horse Hotel, but which has not of late been licensed. Senior Constable M'Hugh having stated that there was no objection to the granting of the license on behalf of the police, the Bench granted the application.[8]

The hotel was offered for sale in October 1862:

FOR SALE, the house known as the White Horse Hotel (Stuckey's), with 80 acres first class land attached, stabling, outhouses, and capital garden, parish of Burrumbeet. Apply to Charles Seal, Mount Blowhard.[9]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

In November 1859 the hotel was the venue for a meeting of local ratepayers who wanted action taken by the government to make the roads in the area suitable for traffic.[10]

The hotel and its paddocks was the location for farm machinery contests in December 1859:

TRIAL OP REAPING AND MOWING MACHINES. Yesterday, a trial of reaping and mowing machines took place on the farm of Mrs Stuckey, of the White Horse Hotel, Mount Blowhard. The attendance was very limited, only two machines were entered for the prize, which consisted of £5, the award of the Ballarat Agricultural Society. About three dozen persons were present, principally farmers. At half-past nine o'clock, the machine of Mr Panlks, of Glendaruel, one of the two that entered into competition, appeared on the ground. Mr Salter's wasn't entered, but from the circumstance that it never before was tried, there was not so much faith placed in it. Both machines were supplied by Messrs Jenner and Davey. That of Mr Faulks cut about 3 acres of oats in 2½ hours. The crop was rather strong, and the work performed by this machine seemed to give general satisfaction. Mr Salter's machine broke down and withdrew from the contest, and in a short time after that of Mr Faulks' also broke down, and the former having withdrawn from the contest the other followed its example, and thus ended the proceedings of the day. The second prize consisted of £3 for the best m wing machine, but in consequence of the break down of both machines the judges did not consider it expedient to award a prize to either of those on the ground. Out of five judges only two attended, viz.-Messrs M'Phillimy.and M'Lean. An opinion was pretty generally expressed by the farmers present that the machinists and not the agriculturists should enter the machines for competition, as the latter must keep the article whether good or bad after he has bought it from the former, and it is the interest of the manufacturer to exhibit the machine which is best suited for the requirements of his customers.[11]

In May 1860 the Ballarat Agricultural Society agreed to hold its meetings at the hotel:

Mr M'Lean moved-" That the meetings of the society be held at the White Horse Hotel for the next three months." Seconded by Mr Baird, and carried.[12]

James Service visit[edit | edit source]

In September 1860 the hotel played a central role in the visit of James Service, M.L.A., to the area:

MR. SERVICE AND HIS CONSTITUENTS. On Wednesday evening Mr Service, M.L.A., arrived on Ballarat for the purpose of visiting his constituents, and attending a public dinner to which he had been invited at Stuckey's White Horse Hotel. On Thursday morning Mr Strachan, J.P., Mr M'Phillimy, J.P., Mr Tompkins, (a deputation from Raglan with a complimentary address), Mr Etters, from Burrumbeet, and several others waited on Mr Service in Ballarat. At a quarter past eleven o'clock the whole party along with several other gentlemen from Ballarat, started from Bath's Hotel, and proceeded to Miner's Rest, where they stopped a short time, from thence they proceeded by Mount Blowhard and on to the White Horse Hotel, and from thence to the Carse o'Gowrie Hotel, at Learmonth, where a large body of the electors were present, and gave their representative a very cordial reception. An excellent luncheon was here provided for the party, after which they proceeded through the township of Learmonth, and on by the Mount Bolton Hotel, towards the Springs. The necessity of having a bridge erected over the creek that crosses the road at the Springs, was freely discussed, and Mr Service promised that he would not lose sight of the matter when he got to Melbourne. The party then turned back by Mr Learmonth's pre-emptive right, and before reaching Mitchell's Farm a quagmire had to be crossed, in which the vehicles stuck fast for some time. The harness or some part of the gear belonging to one of the vehicles here proved too frail for the heavy pull on it, and broke, and the result was that some half hoar or so was lost before everything was arranged in order. The company then continued their route towards the Weatherboard Hill, and, arriving at the Falcon Inn, made for Lake Learmonth, which was seen underneath to advantage. Here a beautiful view of the whole country for miles around was obtained, while the village of Learmonth shot forth in the front, with its various places of worship and public inns, all appearing to advantage. From thence the cavalcade, for such it may be termed, proceeded on to the White Horse Hotel, where an immense crowd of persons were assembled to do honor to their representative. The crops throughout the whole district alluded to looked remarkably well, but the roads were frightfully bad. In many places old muskets and fowling pieces did duty as cannon, and flags and banners were seen gaily floating in the breeze in every locality visited by the party. In fact, Mr Service's tour through the district was a perfect ovation, and the hon. gentleman no doubt was highly delighted with the cordial and gratifying reception which he everywhere met with.


At six o'clock abont 100 persons sat down to dinner at the White Horse Hotel. Among the gentlemen present were Messrs J. M'lntosh, J.P., J. Strachan, J.P., J. M'Phillimy, J.P., Councillors Lewis and Caselli (Ballarat West), R. Smith, Laidlaw, C.D.R.B, J. Baird, J. M'Lean, C. Forster, Thom, Mather, Everingham, Sim, Tompkins (Lexton Road Board), M'Arthur, M'Dowall, A. G. Kerr, G. G. Morton, J.P., T. D. Wanliss, J. Oddie, Millar, Muir, G. Smith, Longmore, M. J. Cummins (Geelong), Crocker, Wilson, Richards. A. Dalgleish, Dr Creelman, Boss, Tait, M'Kay, Mitchelll, R. B, Swain. Dobson, Kinnersly, Draffin, Etter, Dodds, M'Donald, &c., &c.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

Publicans[edit | edit source]

Employees[edit | edit source]

  • Louis Decrauzat was employed as a servant at the hotel, January 1862.[7]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 February, p. 4. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66334253
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  3. 1859 'BALLABAT ROAD BOARD ELECTION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 5 November, p. 3. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72462970
  4. 4.0 4.1 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
  5. 1859 'TRIAL OF REAPING AND MOWING MACHINES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72463919
  6. 6.0 6.1 1859 'NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 2. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053915
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 1862 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 January, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR), viewed 19 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66330840
  8. 8.0 8.1 1862 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 November, p. 4. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66328776
  9. 1862 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 October, p. 4. , viewed 16 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66327942
  10. 1859 'News and Notes.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 15 November, p. 3. , viewed 18 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72463185
  11. 1859 'TRIAL OF REAPING AND MOWING MACHINES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 December, p. 2. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72463919
  12. 1860 'BALLABAT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 May, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72466952
  13. 1860 'MR. SERVICE AND HIS CONSTITUENTS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 September, p. 2. , viewed 21 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66058530
  14. 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
  15. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Wednesday 21 December 1859, page 2.
  16. 1860 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 June, p. 3. , viewed 10 Sep 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66056337
  17. 1861 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 21 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339979
  18. 1862 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 July, p. 4. , viewed 20 Jan 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325392
  19. 1863 'LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 17 June, p. 3. , viewed 23 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515072
  20. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 28 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890

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