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Sugarloaf Creek Hotel

The Sugarloaf Creek Hotel seems to have played a key role in the region, with many an event taking place within or surrounding the walls of the establishment.

One of the earliest mentions of the hotel is from an advertising notice posted by "GAVAN DUFFY & KING, Solicitors" of "Kilmore, and at Seymour, Euroa, and 09 Chancery Lane, Melbourne" in the Kilmore Free Press on Thursday 15 September 1892:

I CHARLES PHILIP WILLIAMS, of Collins Street, Melbourne, Trustee of the Insolvent Estate of Ellen Wade, late of Sugarloaf Creek, the holder of a Victualler's License for the house and premises known as "The Sugarloaf Creek Hotel," situated at Sugarloaf Creek aforesaid, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply to the Licensing Magistrates holding the Licensing Meeting at Kilmore, on Thursday, the twenty-ninth day of September, 1892, to transfer the said License to JAMES AHEARN, of Kilmore aforesaid, Agent. Given under my hand this thirteenth day of September, A.D. 1892. 

And I, the said JAMES AHEARN, do hereby apply for the said tranfer. Given under my hand this thirteenth day of September, A.D. 1892. 

There are further notices of the granting of licenses to Jason Ahearn for the Sugarloaf Creek Hotel on December 14, 1909 (as reported in the Kilmore Free Press on Thursday 16 December 1909) and then once again by Mary Ahearn on December 1, 1911 (as reported in the Kilmore Free Press on Thursday 7 December 1911).

The Ahearn family run the establishment until the licensing court granted transfer of the license for "Sugarloaf Creek Hotel, Sugarloaf Creek from Thomas Leo Ahern to Mervyn Victor Leith, on behalf of himself and Ethel Edith Evelyn Leith, carrying on business under the name of E. E. E. and M. V. Leith" (as reported in the The Argus on Wednesday 30 April 1947).

In the following 5 years the hotel changed hands three times with the proprietors being, Frank Headland, Bailey & White and then purchased in autumn of 1952 by Mr & Mrs Bert Myer for 8,500 pounds. Bert Myer was to surrender the hotel licence in 1958 as part of a government incentive to reduce the number of licensed premises in Victoria. It is thought that the nearby military base of Puckapunyal was planning to contest the licence due to ongoing problems. Myer sold the hotel on November the 27th 1957 for 2,500 pounds to Jack Surgey. Surgey planned to turn the hotel into a motel which was a widely unknown concept at the time. The venture failed and Surgey sold the hotel to Jack O'shea on March 20th 1958. Jack O'Shea (One tack Jack) a local builder rented the place to a man named Hilton who was living in it when it burnt down on July 21st 1960. The stone fence is the only original part of the hotel surviving today but a restoration project was started by Mr Paul Sudal in 2008.

-- Information is from the diary of Mary Kelly and accounts from her son Bill Kelly as posted by Knotwot on panoramio.com

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