The historic Ozone Hotel before it was burnt down
BIG FIRE AT KINGSCOTE.
OZONE HOTEL BURNT.
OCCUPANTS IN GREAT DANGER.
Kingscote, August 28, 1918.
Shortly after midnight the Ozone Hotel at Kingscote was completely gutted. The staff escaped after being in great danger and the boarders had close calls. Mrs. Bradley's baby was thrown from the window into a blanket. The fire is believed to have originated in the kitchen. The chimney caught fire on the previous day, but the flames were extinguished by the staff that day. All the occupants escaped with very little clothing. Practically everything in the building was destroyed, as the boarders, owing to the dense smoke, lost everything. Two ladies escaped in their night attire. The residents were unable to render much assistance. Fortunately the wind was from the south-west, and so Mr. Otim Singh's store and the surrounding structures were saved.
All petrol and other inflammable material were removed from the neighboring buildings as a measure of precaution. Great excitement prevailed during the fire. Water was carried in buckets from tanks, and the fact that there are no fire-fighting appliances in the town greatly handicapped the helpers. In a little while the flames had converted the stone building into a furnace. Only a few billiard balls and cues, two forms, and a couple of swing doors were saved.
Mr. Henry Crabb, jun., the manager, occupied a room upstairs, and when he awoke he discovered the passage was thick with smoke. He at once roused the other inmates. Assisted by Mr. E. Silversmith of Broken Hill, he secured a ladder and Mrs. H. Crabb, jun., Master Crabb, Mrs. Bradley, Miss Crabb, and Mr. H. Crabb, sen., who is 80 years of age, descended.
The Ozone Hotel was designed by Mr. C. E. W. Parsons, and was built eleven years ago by Messrs. Nelson and Winch. It has a frontage to the Esplanade of 150 ft., and to Commercial-street 65 ft. Spacious balconies extended for the whole length of the frontages, and these have been destroyed. The premises were of limestone, and there were 57 rooms.
Mr. James Carr, of Glenelg, purchased a half interest in the hotel last February, and his partner was Mr. F. H. Winch, whose death occurred a few days ago. Mr. Carr stated on Wednesday that he contemplated making additions to the premises to cater for next summer's trade. The house and furniture were covered for insurance in the Victoria Company to about their value, namely, £8,000, but that will not adequately compensate him for his loss. Originally the furniture cost £3,500 and the premises £8,000. The walls are quite solid, and Mr. Carr expects to rebuild. Mr. Carr received a telegram stating that two shops adjoining the hotel had been saved, and in one of these a temporary bar had been opened.BIG FIRE AT KINGSCOTE. (1918, August 29). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5585577
Before the fire:
Mr J. S. Paddon, [John Shepeard Paddon 1864-1948] who for some considerable time past has filled the position of manager of the Ozone Hotel, has resigned that position and leaves shortly for the mainland. During his residence on Kangaroo Island Mr Paddon has always taken an active part in any movement pertaining to the interests of the town and district, and was always a sincere believer in the productiveness of the Island. In Anglican Church matters be was an enthusiastic worker and held the position of Minister's Warden until just prior to bis departure. ...VALEDICTORY. (1911, May 27). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191633821
Major O. Esselbach, who for the past fourteen months has been managing the Ozone Hotel, at Kingscote, relinquished that position this week, and left on Thursday for the city, where he will join his family who departed by Monday's boat. ... He had only been here about 14 months... his name had been coupled with the Tourist and Progress Association... Mr Nicholl was then introduced to the company and stated that he was pleased to be present.VALEDICTORY. (1913, August 2). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189509294
Mr A. T. Du Rieu, who for some months past has been managing the Ozone Hotel, will relinquish that position at the end of this month and return to the city. His successor, we understand, is Mr H. Crabb, of Adelaide. Mr Du Rieu, during his short residence here, has won wide popularity, and his departure will be generally regretted. [Alfred Theodore Du Rieu was still involved for the rebuilding in 1920 and there is plenty of evidence that he was then managing it until 1923.]OZONE HOTEL MANAGEMENT. (1918, June 15). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189513171VALEDICTORY. (1918, June 29). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189503173
Mr J. Nicoll, Having taken over this Magnificent Hotel, wishes to notify the residents of Kangaroo Island, and hopes, by courtesy and attention, to merit the same patronage that has been accorded in the past. High-Class Cusine [sic]. Tariff Moderate. Best of Wines and Spirits. Nothing but the best.Advertising (1913, August 16). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189504836
After the fire
Mr A. T. DuRieu, who has managed the Ozone Hotel since it was rebuilt, will relinquish that position at the end of this month. His successor is Mr Collins, of Adelaide.BRIEFLETS (1923, November 3). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191547486
During the week Mr and Mrs Collins, the retiring manager and manageress of the Ozone Hotel, had it exemplified to them, in tokens and kindly wishes, that they had made many friends during their residence at Kingscote. One presentation in particular is worthy of record, this being the illuminated address which she staff of the hotel made. Undoubtedly, Mr and Mrs Collins will highly cherish this, as it is proof of their efficient management. Mr and Mrs Collins, and little daughter, (Merle), left for the mainland on Friday last, and many friends assembled on the jetty to get a last handshake.VALEDICTORY. (1925, February 28). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191551714
Mr W. E. Rodgers, who has been Manager of the Ozone Hotel for the past 16 months has severed his connection with the Ozone Hotel Company. His successor is Mr J. Young.PERSONAL (1926, July 17). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191551891
We regret to hear that Mr and Mrs John Young are leaving the district. It is about seven years since Mr Young came to Kingscote as manager of the Ozone Hotel, and during their residence here, both Mr and Mrs Young have taken an interest in the various movements which have been for the general welfare of the town. Mr Young has taken a deep interest in the local school and has served for several years as secretary of the School Committee. He has also been a good worker in the Progress Association and he will be very missed by that small body of workers, for there are so few townsmen who take any real interest in the progress or improvement of the town. In sport Mr Young has been a vary useful member of the town tennis club. Both Mr and Mrs Young will be missed, particularly in the social life of the town. They are leaving for the mainland Monday week. A farewell will be tendered to Mr and Mrs Young in the District Hall next Saturday evening.PERSONAL. (1933, July 8). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191250606
Mr L B. Glasson, who has taken over the lease of the Ozone Hotel, accompanied by Mrs Glasson, arrived by the s.s.. Warrawee on Saturday and took over the Hotel on Monday. Mr Glasson has had previous experience in hotel management while residing N.S.W. He is an old Knight of the Road, having travelled throughout this State for about twenty years and is well known in all the big country towns. Both Mr and Mrs Glasson hope to be able to take an active part in all movements which are for the welfare of the town and district. They are looking forward to meeting the residents and receiving a share of their patronage. We wish them success and hope that they will spend many happy years at Kingscote.PERSONAL. (1933, November 11). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191249487
Mr and Mrs T. G. Moran, accompanied by their daughters Misses Irene, Colleen and Kathleen and little son John arrived by the s.s. Karatta on Wednesday. Mr Moran has taken over the Ozone Hotel from Mr J. A. Morphett. Mr and Mrs Moran and family, during their stay here hope to assist in local and War efforts. Mr and Mrs Morphett and Keith left on Thursday for the mainland. They intend to reside in Kingswood.PERSONAL. (1940, November 8). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191424380
MORPHETT, Joseph Albert
b. 09 Feb 1886 Truro, SA
d. 14 Sep 1967 Adelaide, SA
e. Electoral roll BET 1939 & 1941 Kingscote, Kangaroo Island Ozone hotel proprietor
m. BRANDT, Elsie A. 25 Apr 1907 Adelaide, SA d. 22 Aug 1917
m. WEBB, Medora Azelia 07 Oct 1919 Adelaide, SA d. 30 Jun 1975
MORAN, Thomas Gerald
b. 01 Dec 1893 Whyte Yarcowie, SA
d. 12 Aug 1978
e. Burial Brighton North Cemetery Father of Irene Colleen Kathleen Kevin Gerald & John
e. Occupation BET 08 Nov 1940 & Apr 1942 Prop. Ozone Hotel, Kingscote
m. HARTNETT, Lillian M. 21 Apr 1919 Adelaide, SA d. 22 Nov 1973