Bush Inn Hotel (Navigators)

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Town Navigators
Known dates 1871-1916

The Bush Inn Hotel was a hotel in Navigators, Victoria, <1871-1916>.

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The Bush Inn Hotel was in Navigators.[1]

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In June 1901 the publican was a witness in the inquest into the death of man found dead after leaving the hotel:

John Boyle, aged 60, stonebreaker in the employ of Mr. John Colquhoun, Navigators, Bungaree, was found dead on Monday morning in a furrow in a paddock near his camp. Deceased was last seen alive on Saturday night, at the Bush Inn Hotel, and while there he had a few drinks. When leaving in a sober condition— as the landlord, Mr. P. Connellan, says— deceased purchased 1/- worth of whisky to take when he got home, as he was not feeling very well. He appears, however, to have imbibed the grog on the way home, for the empty flask was found near his body in the furrow, which was partially filled with water. It Is supposed that deceased, not being In good health, was overcome by the bitterly cold weather on the night In question, and died before morning. Deceased was well known in Ballarat, and at one time was wealthy.[2]

In April 1909 the publican was charged with breaching licensing laws:

In the town court on Wednesday, Thomas Connellan, licensee of the Bush Inn, Navigators, was charged with having had his bar door open on Sunday, March 28. Constable Hore gave evidence that he heard people moving about in the bar, and the clinking of glasses in the bar parlour. Not gaining admission at the front door as readily as he desired, he went, to the back door, and saw two boys about 16 years of age leaving the premises. Two more followed them a little later. The lads admitted that they had had lemonade and limejuice. Connellan said the boys had gone to the hotel to see a relative, who was on a visit there. The licensee was fined £5, and the boys, who were charged with having been found on the premises during prohibited hours, were discharged.[3]

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]

In December 1915 the publican was charged with breaching licensing laws:

In Ballarat East court on Wednesday, Thomas Patrick Connellan, licensee of the Bush Inn, Navigators, was fined £2 for a breach of the Licensing Act on Sunday, 14th November. Several men found in the hotel without lawful excuse were also each fined £2.[4]

In March 1916 the publican again was the witness at an inquest into the death of a man after leaving the hotel:

Mr. Read Murphy, held an inquiry on Tuesday regarding the death of Richard Scarffe, produce merchant, whose body was found on Saturday in a dam at Navigators. Dr. Davies gave evidence that death was caused by an obstruction in the air passage, in conjunction with heart disease. The coroner suggested that deceased fell into the water while intoxicated. Dr. Davies said the man had no time to extricate himself when he fell in, owing to his bad health. Mrs. Scarffe said her husband was sober when he left home on 20th inst. to go to his farm at Yankee Flat. She was of opinion that her husband had gone to the dam for water and had fallen in accidentally. Thomas Patrick Connellan, licensee of the Bush Inn at Navigators, deposed that on 22nd inst. deceased was served with drink, but was sober. The coroner found that death was due to suffocation, but there was no evidence to show how he got into the water.[5]

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The People[edit | edit source]

Notice of application for a publican’s license - I, PETER CONNELLAN, of Navigators, do hereby give NOTICE that I desire to obtain, and will at the next Licensing Meeting APPLY for, a PUBLICAN’S LICENSE for a house situate at Navigators, to be known as the Bush Inn, containing 4 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. The 8th day of December, Ad. 1871.[11]

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  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. 1901 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 18 June, p. 6. , viewed 06 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190045771
  3. 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 April, p. 6. , viewed 06 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10701750
  4. 4.0 4.1 1915 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 16 December, p. 9. , viewed 06 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154913307
  5. 1916 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 1 March, p. 11. , viewed 06 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155112715
  6. 1876 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 09 May 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199833308
  7. 1877 'BUNINYONG LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4, viewed 6 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282984
  8. 1878 'BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 December, p. 4. , viewed 24 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199346623
  9. 1883 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3, viewed 6 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201620385
  10. 1885 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4, viewed 11 December, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206305241
  11. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 3. , viewed 18 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197574798
  12. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 2. , viewed 17 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204045056
  13. 1903 Australian Electoral Roll, Victoria, Corio, Warrenheip

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