Argyle Hotel (Doveton Street)

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Argyle Hotel
Argyle Hotel, date unknown
History
Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Doveton Street and Clarendon Street
Known dates 1859-1940
Evidence Building still standing, now a private residence
Google maps -37.5529278,143.8566972

The Argyle Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1859-1940>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Argyle Hotel was in Doveton Street.[1] In 1868 it was described as being in Soldier's Hill.[2] Hargreaves described it as being on the north east corner of Doveton Street and Clarendon Street.[3]

Location[edit | edit source]

  • Current address: 402 Doveton Street North.[4]
  • 37°33'10.54" S, 143°51'24.11" E
  • Google maps
  • MGA 752353, 5839950 (54)

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In June 1900 the court found the publican was not responsible for breaches of the licensing laws while she was absent from the hotel:

A POINT IN THE LICENSING LAW. Mary M'Clusker, landlady of the Argyle Hotel, was proceeded against at the city court on Monday on charges of permitting an unlawful game to he played on her premises, and with permitting liquor to be sold during prohibited hours. Mr. H. S. Barrett, who appeared for the defence, showed that Mrs. M'Clusker was away from home at Gordons when the alleged offences were committed, and therefore did not "permit" them, and was not amenable to the law for the action of a servant. In support of this contention counsel quoted the decision of Mr. Justice Hood in the case of Mahoney v. Le Page, and also cited an English authority bearing up on a similar case. Inspector Young said that if the decisions in question were to be regarded as a guide for magistrates, the Licensing Act could never be enforced. The bench agreed with the arguments of Mr. Barrett, and dismissed the case.[5]

In January 1902, three blank cheques were stolen from the publican:

During the past few days business people have been victimised by an individual, who obtained three blank cheques forms from Mr. McCusker, of the Argyle Hotel, which he filled in for various amounts, and then tendered in payment for goods. From Mr. Purdue, saddler, he purchased a bridle, and paid for it with a cheque for £4/2/6. He took the goods, and received the change. Similar procedure was followed in respect to purchase from Mrs. Downes, umbrella-maker, and others. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.[6]

The publican was fined in November 1928:

Annie Ballenger, Argyle Hotel, sale of liquor during prohibited hours on 3rd November, fined £2. A charge that persons were found on the premises was withdrawn, but three persons were each fined £1.[7]

The publican, James Murphy, was fined in April 1937 for breaching liquor laws at his farewell party:

FAREWELL PARTY ENDS IN COURT BALLARAT, Tuesday.- The Sunday before he left the Argyle Hotel, Doveton Street, Ballarat where he was then, licensee, James Murphy had a few friends in to say farewell, his solicitor Mr T. E. Byrne, told the Ballarat City Court today. Murphy was fined 15/ for having men on licensed premises who were not bona fide travellers or lodgers. A charge of having disposed of liquor was dismissed.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • July 1868, Mr. Doane, a candidate for the state seat of Ballarat West spoke at a meeting at the hotel.[2]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324917
  2. 2.0 2.1 1868 'MR DOANE AT THE ARGYLE HOTEL, SOLDIERS' HILL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 July, p. 4, viewed 26 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113846068
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 19, 1943, Ballarat
  4. Victorian Government,http://maps.land.vic.gov.au/lassi/LassiUI.jsp
  5. 1900 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 19 June, p. 6. , viewed 22 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190060555
  6. 6.0 6.1 1902 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 January, p. 8. , viewed 22 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9624137
  7. 1928 'PROVINCIAL CITIES AND TOWNS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 23 November, p. 14. , viewed 22 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204247055
  8. 8.0 8.1 1937 'FAREWELL PARTY ENDS IN COURT', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 27 April, p. 10. , viewed 22 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article244646311
  9. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2. , viewed 18 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053306
  10. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 05 Jun 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339909
  11. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2, viewed 1 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053306
  12. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 February, p. 4, viewed 1 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112884501
  13. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 Jul 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  14. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186441
  15. 1891 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 April, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jan 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209713546
  16. 1900 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 19 June, p. 6, viewed 24 July, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190060555
  17. 1908 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 17 October, p. 14. , viewed 22 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202194149
  18. 1915 'The Ballarat Courier.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1875; 1914 - 1918), 18 September, p. 2, viewed 27 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75149303
  19. 1929 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 26 June, p. 20, viewed 27 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4016649
  20. 1937 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 September, p. 14, viewed 27 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11116663
  21. 1940 'HOTEL LICENSES', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 2 July, p. 9. , viewed 31 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11322251

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