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Glenelg Inn Hotel Motel

Glenelg Inn Hotel Motel

Currently owned by Publicans: Troy and Prue Robbins

We offer our guests a range of quality affordable accommodation with 8 newly re-furbished ground floor units.
Our contemporary style motel units are complete with ensuite bathroom, television, bar fridge, heating / cooling, electric blankets, tea & coffee making facilities & toaster, iron & ironing board.

This Glenelg Inn was established 15th September 1846 when Alexander McKinlay was given permission to build on this side of the river on what was a part of the Springbank Station. The current hotel still stands on the same site.
A Post Office was established at the hotel in July 1847.

Previous to this a rough slab public house known as the Glenelg Inn was erected by Alexander McKinlay at what was then known as Adelaide Crossing Place on the other side of the river, but his intention was always to open the hotel on the Hamilton side.

After McKinlay's untimely death in November 1848, the licence was taken over by his widow, Mary, with the assistance of her brothers, James and Edmund Kirby.

The township of Casterton was gazetted in 1852, and development occurred around the Glenelg Inn - a similar story to so many other parts of Australia, where towns have grown up around a licenced house. The Glenelg Inn, being the only public building available, served as the social centre of the district in those very early days. Not only that - traveling ministers conducted church services in the lounge, and held marriage and baptismal sessions.

Possession of the Inn passed to George Chaffey in 1856. Chaffey was a racing fanatic, who kept a string of race-horses, and was a prominent early member of the Casterton Racing Club. Chaffey died tragically in 1860, and his widow, Phillippa, and her second husband, E.C. Courtis, held the licence until it was purchased by Owen O'Reilly, around 1870. O'Reilly rebuilt the Glenelg Inn at a cost of ₤2,000.

James Gray purchased the Inn in June 1874, and subsequently sold it at auction to Charles Whitpaine in August 1882. Whitpaine held possession for a mere three months before selling out to Thomas Burt, at what the Casterton News of the time admiringly referred to as "a very considerable profit".

Burt possessed a true spirit of adventure and unflappable optimism. During his ten years of occupancy, he was behind the formation, and subsequent collapse, of several gold and silver companies, which hoped to strike it rich in the Dergholm / Roseneath area.
Burt was succeeded as owner of the Glenelg Inn by Joseph Leake, around 1892. Leake sold to Thomas Carroll in May 1902. A number of publicans played host at the hotel during Carroll's twenty-odd years of ownership. No doubt the most significant development during this period was the erection of the present two-storey brick building. Constructed in 1906, the year of the great Casterton flood, the building originally featured a magnificent verandah.

Ownership of the hotel passed to Bert Tucker in the early 1920's, before it was purchased by the Ballarat Brewing Company, in the mid 1930's. This company maintained ownership until recent times. More than fifteen publicans featured at the hotel during those years.

"My mum and dad worked in the Glenelg Inn which in the early days had a verandah similar to the Casterton Hotel" - Robin Kearney

Glenelg Inn Hotel Motel

Glenelg Inn Hotel Motel

Photo 15/01/2009
Photos and information submitted by Gary Pope, Many Thanks

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2 Henty St
Victoria 3311
03 5581 1988

Glenelg Inn Hotel Motel

Photo 15/01/2009
Photos and information submitted by Gary Pope, Many Thanks

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