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The Scarsdale Hotel and Thomas Dobie

From: Joan Hunt [mailto:joanhunt@netconnect.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 9 October 2005 4:25 PM
To: 'Paul Dobie'
Subject: RE: Any information on Thomas Dobie


Dear Paul,

I did research on Thomas and Anne Dobie some years ago, and it is filed in the family history folders at Woady Yaloak Historical Society at
Smythesdale. I shall go out there in the next week or so and extract the info and send it to you. In the meantime, I can tell you that they
definitely did have the Scarsdale Hotel. There is a Scarsdale Hotel today, which was built in 1861, but it used to be called the Royal
Exchange Hotel.

The one which was owned by Thomas Dobie was at the north side of the T-intersection where the road to Linton used to branch off from the main road south from Smythesdale to Cape Clear. The road to Linton is today called Daniel Road and it leads nowhere; just ends at paddocks, yet once it was a major road. The road to the south is what is now known as the Pitfield Road. There is no building on the block where Dobie's Scarsdale Hotel used to be; it is just an empty paddock.

I have transcribed the headstones in Smythesdale General Cemetery, and the Dobie one reads:
IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF THOMAS DOBIE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 2ND 1882 AGED 64 YEARS. NATIVE OF dumfriesshire, SCOTLAND.

In the index to burials compiled by the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society for Smythesdale General Cemetery is the following entry:
DOBIE, Thomas, 64 years, of Scarsdale, Publican, buried 4 May 1882 in Presbyterian Section 3, grave no. 315.

I shall send you more information when I am able to access the files.

All the best,
Joan

Joan E. Hunt, Convenor, History Victoria Support Group, RHSV
President, Ballarat & District Genealogical Society Inc.

 

 
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