Buninyong Shire Hall Hotel

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Buninyong Shire Hall Hotel
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Town Buninyong
Closed 1915
Known dates 1888-1915
Other names Buninyongshire Hotel
Demolished Destroyed by fire, 1915

The Buninyong Shire Hall Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1888-1915.

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The Buninyong Shire Hall Hotel was in Mount Clear[1], also sometimes referred to as the Buninyongshire Hotel.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

In 1888 Thomas McCarty aged 30 years (born in Ballarat 1859) married Anastasia OBryan (OBrien). On their marriage certificate Thomas states he is a blacksmith. Anastasia owned (part owned?) the Buninyong Hotel. Thomas was listed as the licensee. Prior to becoming a publican Thomas also worked on a potato farm in the district. It was reported by Thomas at the Licenses Reduction Hearing that the hotel was popular with drovers and utilised by local council. It was located 21 miles from Ballarat on a busy road. It had nine rooms and one stable. They operated the hotel until it burnt down in 1915.

History[edit | edit source]

Hotels in the years between 1888 and 1915 were prohibited from operating on a Sunday. This was one of the convictions received. Another conviction was harboring a police constable and supplying him with liquor. License Reduction Board.[2]

In May 1908 the hotel's license was reviewed by the License Reduction Board:

BUNINYONG SHIRE HOTEL, MOUNT CLEAR. The licensee of this place is T. M'Carthy, and the owner Mrs. A. M'Carthy. Inspector Balchin said the house was an old wooden building, in fair repair, fairly well furnished, and well conducted. There were three convictions against the place, which was not required. Constable Olney gave similar evidence; while testimony was given by several witnesses in support of the house.[3]

BUNINYONG SHIRE HALL HOTEL. Buninyong Shire Hall hotel; owner, Anastasia McCarthy; licensee, Thomas McCarthy. Mr M. Lazarus appeared for both parties. Inspector Balchin said the hotel wasat Mount Clear, near the Buninyong Shire Hall. It was an old wooden building, in fair repair, was fairly well kept and furnished. There were nine rooms and a stable. The assessment was £35. On the 31st August, 1906, there was a conviction against the present licensee for harboring a constable and supplying him with liquor. There had also been a conviction in January, 1908, for Sunday trading. With these exceptions the hotel had been well conducted. In view of the number of hotels in the district, he considered the Shire Hall hotel was not required. To Mr Lazarus—The distance to the next hotel in the direction of Buninyong was 2½ miles. There was a good deal of traffic on the road. Constable Olney said that though the hotel was used by the shire contractors, it could be closed without much inconvenience. Wm. Kenna, brewer, said he was a member of the Buninyongshire Council. He had no interest in the hotel. He considered that the house was necessary for the convenience of councillors, contractors, and ratepayers. Wm. B. Clark. Buninyongshire councillor, gave similar evidence. Anastasia McCarthy and Thomas McCarthy give evidence in support of the retention of the hotel. The latter said that the hotel was much used by drovers. Decision was reserved.[4]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. Licensing district hearings for hotels on this list were to be held at the Ballarat Supreme Court on 11 May.[1]

The hotel was reviewed by the Licenses Reduction Board and in December 1915 the hotel owners and licensee were awarded compensation:

In the case of the Buninyong Shire Hall Hotel, Mount Clear; owners, Ballarat Trustees, Executors, and Agency Co.; licensee, Reginald Scott Tonkin; evidence was given by Frank Besemeres, valuer. The Board awarded the owner £75, and the licensee £44.[5]

The hotel, one of 40 to be closed, was closed before December 1915, as the building had been destroyed in a fire.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1883 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201620385
  3. 1908 'LICENCES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 2 May, p. 17. , viewed 13 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197339156
  4. 4.0 4.1 1908 'BUNINYONG SHIRE HALL HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 May, p. 1. , viewed 10 Dec 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205463479
  5. 5.0 5.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 3 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 15 Jan 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241693504
  6. 1915 'DELICENSED', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 04 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241695876
  7. Wise's Post Office Directory, 1888, Ancestry.com. Australia, City Directories, 1845-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

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