Stephen Holgate

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Background

Stephen Holgate was born in about 1831 in Lancashire, England and arrived in Victoria in 1852 on the ship The Australia. He appears to have travelled very soon after arrival to Ballarat as in October 1854 he is listed as one of the creditors on Bentley’s Estate. He was part of the business of Ettershank & Co until 1861 when he retired from the partnership.[1]

In 1873 Stephen Holgate marries Sophia Roberts and their seven children (born between 1875 and 1893) are all born at Miners Rest.[2]

Stephen Holgate moved into Ballarat on the sale of his Miners' Rest property and died in 1919.[3]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Claims for Losses at the Eureka Hotel

The following is a list of the claims made to the Government for compensation in connection with the burning of Bentley's Hotel, on the 17th October, 1854. The total amount is £40,418 ls 2d, of which only £150 is recommended by the select committee to be paid, - viz., 30/ to Messrs D. & W. Wallace, and £120 to Mr Michael Walsh. A sum of £150 is also recommended to be given to Dr Carr, who is at present in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum; but this amount is on account of a claim for professional services to the wounded after the outbreak on the 3rd of December, and cannot properly be said to have come under the cognizance of the committee.
List of Claims for Compensation for Losses Sustained through the Ballarat Riot, on 7th October, 1854
George Waterson, clothing and working tools, £22 ; Augustus Miell, gold, bank notes, musical instruments and music books, goldrings, and two boxes of clothing, £87 ; D. and W. Wallace, tents and clothing, £30. Samuel Waldock, livery stable keeper, saddles, harness, carts, hay, corn, horses, &c. &c, £766; Henry Harris, merchandise stored in the yard of Bentley's Hotel, £45 ls.; E. F. West, clothing, musical instruments, and music books, £53 ; Chas. Smith, clothing and working tools, £20; Michael Walsh, tent, household goods, clothing of self and family, and injury sustained by his wife, £175 10s.; Chas. Dyte, merchandise stored in the building attached to the hotel, £416 ls; G. C. Smith, two boxes and their contents, which were stored in the hotel, stated value, £343 18s ; Isaac Rigby, chest of tools and clothing, £20 ; total, £1977 10s.
List of Creditors on Bentley's Estate
The Bank of New South Wales, overdrawn banking account, £2,000 : the Union Bank, dishonored, bills, £1,600 ; Thomas Bath, Ballarat, dishonored bill, £192 10s; F. B Beaver, Esq., M.L.A., goods sold and delivered, £2,492 8s 5d; Mark Folk and Isaac Lazarus, goods sold and delivered. £106 11s ; John Ettershank, Stephen Holgate, William Eaglestone, dishonored bills, £87 2s6d; John Rutherford, James Tingeman, goods sold and delivered, £516 16s 8d; John McGuinnes, goods sold and delivered, £96 2s 4d; Charles Morgan, goods sold and delivered, £26 3s 3d ; Patricias Wm Welch, goods sold and delivered, £506 7s ; Dr Carr, for professional services, £124. Total, £7,648 1s 2d.
Servants' Wages, and Moneys due on Building Contracts
Patrick Hanlon, carpenter's contract work, £95; Michael McDermott, do. £125; Donald Ross, do, £150; J. Donnelly, do, £98 ; Roderick Ross, do, £160; Charles Smith, baker, balance for wages, about £110; George Waterson, balance for wages, £22, and £92 10s; Isaac Rigby, money due on contract for building, £200. Total, £1,042 10s.
Bentley's Claim
"Claim by J. F. Bentley and wife, for the sum of £29,750, it being the ascertained value of the hotel, outbuildings, and stock in-trade, all of which were destroyed in the riot.[4]

Post 1854 Experiences

Stephen Holgate appears to have taken up land at Mount Bolton, north of Miners Rest, by June 1863 as he gives this as his address when advertising for a lost horse[5] In October 1863 he is advertising sale of his household furniture as he is leasing his land but The Star reports on 25 February 1865 that a fire had burnt his property at Mt Bolton. [6]

In 1879 The Argus on the 9th August reported that he was breeding pure Lincoln rams. On 7 September of the same year the newspaper reports that he is judging thoroughbred horses at the Ballarat Agricultural Show.[7]


Obituary

Mr Stephen Holgate, a well known Ballarat stock and station agent died at his residence, Ballarat, on Saturday, at the age of 88 years. Mr Holgate was among the early residents of Ballarat, and at one time took considerable interest in racing and hunting. He was a close companion of Adam Lindsay Gordon.[8]

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References

  1. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.
  2. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.
  3. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.
  4. Ballarat Star, 09 June 1858
  5. Ballarat Star, 06 June 1863.
  6. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.
  7. Jacobs, Wendy, Gates and Gate Posts, Driveway and Ponds 80 Howe Street Miners Rest, Heritage report for the City of Ballarat. Accessed from http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/media/3292523/ballarat_c193_heritage_investigation_report.pdf on 07 September 2015.
  8. :The Argus, 15 September 1919.

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