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The Wade's

Margaret O'Callaghan contacted us and very generously offered the following details of the background and history of one of the first proprietors of the Sugarloaf Creek Hotel - The Wades.  The following information and the attached PDF of her great grandparents Ellen & Thomas Wade's very interesting profiles are provided below verbatim.

We thank Margaret for her efforts and willingness to share this information with us.


 I am able to add more details about this Hotel and the Wades. Ellen and her husband Thomas Wade relocated from Melbourne to the district in 1853. They are my paternal great grandparents.

The earliest record I could find that mentioned the Sugarloaf Creek Hotel was Mr Ryan's Sugarloaf Creek Hotel -1862. “ Imported Stallion Association: An imported stallion - Ass Catalan, imported from Spain by Mr. Edward Wilson will travel this season for the service of mares in the neighbourhood of Kilmore stopping at the following places.........including Mr Ryan's Sugarloaf Hotel, Sugarloaf. Terms –  £ 3.10s. (3 pounds ten shillings), groomage included. Cash at time of service. One mare in five given in. Mares not proving in foal will be served gratis next season.” (Source: Advertising The Argus 24 November 1862 P8)

Ellen held a Victualler's license for the Sugarloaf Creek Hotel for ten years – 1882-1892. The License was transferred to her son Patrick Joseph Wade (my grandfather). The hotel was then sold to James Ahearn who became the licencee -1892.

Transcription- Ellen's Application reported in the Seymour Express November 26 1886 to the Licencing Court, Seymour. Colony of Victoria, Notice of Application for a Victualler's License. To the Licencing Court for the Licencing District of Pyalong. I, Ellen Wade of Glenaroua, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain and will at the Sitting of the Licencing Court for the Licencing District of Pyalong to be holden at Seymour on the first day of December, 1886, apply for a Certificate authorising the lease of a Victualler's License for premises situate at Glenaroua, in the said Licencing District of Pyalong, containg seven rooms exclusive of this required for the use of my family and servants. Dated the seventeenth day of November ad 1886. -----Ellen Wade-----Duffy and Wilkinson, Sydney Street, Kilmore, Solicitors for the Applicant.

Transcription: Broadford Courier May 13 1892. “Licence Transfer: Application was made at the Kilmore Licencing Court on Thursday May 5, by the Executors of the late Mrs. Wade for their ....... to enable Mr. P. J. Wade to carry on the business of The Sugar Loaf Creek Hotel. The application was granted.”

Transcription: “Sale Sugarloaf Creek Hotel – E. Wade. June 1892. “Wednesday, 1st. June 1892 – on the Ground, Glenaroua at 1pm. Hunt & Ahearn have received instructions from the Executors of the late Ellen Wade to sell by public auction as above That valuable Freehold Property of 19 acres, situated in the Parish of Glenaroua, on which is erected the Sugar Loaf Hotel, containing night grooms, stable, sheds, yards etc. There is a portion of the property let at a good rental to a Saw Mill Proprietor now in full work, at which a good many men and horses are employed daily. The Hotel is doing a fairly good business, and should prove a good investment to anyone in search of hotel property. Also, Furniture, Stock in trade, Kitchen Utensil, Sawn Timber, Horses and Live Stock, and lots of sundries too numerous to mention. Title Perfect - which may be inspected at John Gavan Duffy and King, Solicitors, Kilmore, Seymour, F........, and 60 Chancery Lane Melbourne. Terms declared at sale. Hunt and Ahearn F. Hunt- Auctioneer.”


Transcription: Broadford Courier July 1 1892. “To Storekeepers, Investors and Others. A Business 10 years Established. In the Insolvent Estate of Ellen Wade, of Wade's Hotel, Sugar Loaf Creek, near Broadford. Tenders Will be received at our office up to Tuesday 19th. July, at twelve o'clock noon for the undermentioned assets. Land: Comprising 19 acres freehold, permanent water, house, goodwill, and all furniture and other assets, horses, traps & c as per inventory. £410. Inventory can be seen and forms of tender obtained on the premises, at Bidstrup's Hotel, Broadford, and at the undermentioned address. Deposit of 10 percent, must accompany each tender. Chas. F. Williams & Co. Public Trustees, Financiers and Accountants, Empire Buildings, 418 Collins Street, Melbourne.”

Transcription: Broadford Courier July 1 1892. “Insolvency.- A meeting of creditors in the estate of Ellen Wade, deceased, late of Sugar Loaf Creek, Licensed Victualler, was held at the insolvency Court, Melbourne on Monday: 180 proof of debt was submitted, and Mr. C. P. Williams, appointed trustee.”

Transcription: Broadford Courier October 7 1892. “Licensing- James Ahearn of the Sugarloaf Hotel from C. P. Williams, trustee in the insolvent estate of the late Ellen Wade.”

Family information sources stated that Hunt and Ahearn who leased the cattle auction yards from Ellen Wade to her death were the auctioneers for her insolvent estate. James Ahearn was then the successful tenderer for the Sugar Loaf Creek Hotel.

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Taiss Q,
18 Jan 2012, 15:16
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