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With thanks to Malmsbury Historical Society.
Poor Bethel Adams. The 22-year-old died on February 25, 1854, from an accidental gunshot wound sustained at the Malmsbury Hotel. We know nothing of the circumstances, only that he was the youngest son of Henry Adams, of Kilkampton, Cornwall.
The notice of his tragic demise, published in The Argus of March 14, 1854, is the earliest known reference to Malmsbury’s longest-running hotel.
From the 1890s to the 1930s, the hotel was one of many threatened with closure as part of a licensing reduction program. By June 1936, only the Malmsbury and the Commercial hotels remained in Malmsbury, and the latter was forced to close soon after.
The original Malmsbury Hotel, pictured above, was replaced with a brick building around 1937. The timber from it was said to have been used to build a house further up Mollison St.
✍️ Susan Walter, President of Malmsbury Historical Society.
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