Brown Hill Hotel

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Brown Hill Hotel
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Humffray Street
Known dates 1856-2024
Other names aka Bradbury's Hotel

The Brown Hill Hotel was in Ballarat, Victoria, <1856-2024

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The Brown Hill Hotel is on the north side of Humffray Street, Brown Hill, Ballarat.[1] It is at the foot of Brown Hill, and from the 1861 geological map appears to be in the same location as the present hotel, 385 Humffray Street North.[2] Withers describes the location as being near one of the three permanent waterholes along the Yarrowee Creek.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

Also referred to as Bradbury's Hotel.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

On 2 March 1870 an attempt was made to burn the hotel down:

An attempt was made early on Wednesday morning to set fire to the Brown Hill hotel and grocery store at Brown Hill, belonging to Mr Bradbury; and the object would have been accomplished had not a discovery been fortunately made by Mrs Bradbury before the fire had got headway. The family went to bed at about midnight, and some time afterward Mrs Bradbury was awakened by a noise as of crackling sticks in a fire. She smelt smoke at the same time, and, thinking all was not right, opened the door of the house leading to the road. On looking out she found that a fire had been kindled in the verandah against that portion of the house in which the store is situated. She at once gave the alarm, and Mr Bradbury got the fire out without any damage having been done by it except the scorching of some boards. A small heap of finely cut timber, a gin case full of other inflammable material, and a lot of dried fern had been placed in the corner of the verandah against the house, and lighted with the very evident intention of burning the place down. No trace has yet been found by the police of the perpetrators of this deed, and the only article found that may serve as a clue is a headstall belonging to an old set of harness. It seems very probable that someone residing in the country made the attempt, as the material appeared to have been brought in the gin case from a distance.[5]

In 1887 there was a dispute between the owner, Patrick O'Dea, and the publican, George Schmidt:

Patrick O'Dea applied for a transfer of the license of the Brown Hill hotel from George Schmidt. In this case the latter had leased the hotel from Mr O'Dea on the condition that it was kept in efficient repair. He failed to do so, and after the inspector’s complaint Mr O'Dea then applied to have the license transferred into his name. Schmidt objected to the transfer. The case was adjourned from the previous day that an understanding might be arrived at. On the case being called on it was announced as settled, and the license was transferred to O'Dea, the certificate to lie in the office until the inspector certifies that the house is up to the standard.[6]

The hotel's license was reviewed by the Licensing Court in June 1888:

Brown Hill hotel— Patrick O'Dea, licensee and owner. A wooden building, lined and papered, with post-office and store attached to it; well kept, well furnished, and clean; chiefly patronised by the travelling public. There were a good number of residents in the locality, and there were three regular lodgers.[7]

The hotel was one of 23 hotels reviewed by the License Deprivation Board in Ballarat in 1922.[8]

In August 1926 charges against the publican were dropped:

A charge against Bridget Braybrook, licensee of the Brown Hill Hotel, of having had men on the premises, was dismissed.[9]

In December 1933 the publican, Charles Rice, was charged with selling liquor during prohibited hours.[10]

During the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, the hotel was forced to close on 23 March 2020. They opened a take-away food service from the drive through bottle shop which commenced on 27 March 2020.[11]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • 11 July 1871, an inquest into the death of miner Thomas Martin. He died at the Absolute Certainties Quartz Mining Company, Little Bendigo, from suffocation from a heap of earth and reef having fallen upon him while he working at the stope.[12]

Political[edit | edit source]

  • 11 October 1869, Mr E. Curtis, to address ratepayers of Ballarat East.[4]
  • 2 August 1871, James Ivey seeking reelection to the Borough of Ballarat East, held a meeting at the hotel.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Licensing Court for Publicans," The Star, Thursday 19 June 1862, pg. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324943, (accessed January 19, 2014)
  2. Victoria. Mines Department. Ballaarat gold field. No. 1 [cartographic material] 1861. MAP RM 3915, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-rm3915-sd-cd
  3. William Withers, The History of Ballarat from the first pastoral settlement to the present time, Chapter 1, 1887, F. W. Niven and Co., Ballarat, Victoria, http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1304971h.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 1869 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 October, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jul 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112855079
  5. 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 March, p. 2. , viewed 16 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219306611
  6. 6.0 6.1 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 16 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209209691
  7. 7.0 7.1 1888 'HUMFFRAY STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443845
  8. 1922 'REDUCTION OF LICENSES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 8. , viewed 28 Apr 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214911858
  9. 9.0 9.1 1926 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 14 August, p. 17. , viewed 16 Aug 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3802422
  10. 10.0 10.1 1933 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 20 December, p. 16. , viewed 10 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11722359
  11. 2020, Brown Hill Hotel, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/brownhill.hotel/
  12. 1871 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 July, p. 2. , viewed 17 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197564258
  13. 1871 'THE BALLARAT EAST BOROUGH ELECTION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 August, p. 3. , viewed 26 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197564816
  14. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.
  15. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 2. , viewed 06 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048810
  16. 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
  17. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 14 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  18. 1860 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 09 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72466933
  19. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 02 Oct 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339704
  20. 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515106
  21. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2, viewed 11 September, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  22. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 26 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  23. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 September, p. 2. , viewed 28 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207774925
  24. 1912 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 2 March, p. 19. , viewed 03 Dec 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197401617
  25. 1937 'Divorce Decrees Granted', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 22 June, p. 11. , viewed 23 Sep 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11073569
  26. 1949 'HOTEL TRANSFERS', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 6 July, p. 26. , viewed 24 May 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22762655
  27. 1951 'Hotel transfers', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 May, p. 10. , viewed 31 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23074631


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