Carriers' Arms (Doveton Street)

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Carriers' Arms
2014
History
Town Ballarat
Street Doveton Street or Creswick Road
Closed 31 December 1968
Known dates 1869-1968
Other names Market Square Hotel
Evidence Building still standing
Google maps -37.5567976,143.8556425

The Carriers' Arms was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1869-1968.

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The hotel is in Doveton Street North[1], also described as Market Square.[2] The hotel was at what is now known as 9 Creswick Road.

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The hotel opened in 1856 by Thomas Whatley as the Market Square Hotel, and was later renamed as the Carriers' Arms.[3] It was still owned by the descendants of Thomas Whatley, when it closed in 1968.[3] Whatley had been a successful miner and brought his parents and grandparents to Australia. His business partner in the hotel, James Byles, took off with the money and left Whatley with debts.[3]

In December 1869 the hotel was advertising for a housemaid, waitress, and a cook.[4]

In January 1870, a local teacher attempted suicide at the hotel:

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT BALLARAT. " One of the most determined attempts at suicide which it has ever fallen to our lot to record," says "Wednesday's Ballarat Post, " occurred this morning at Wilkes's Carriers Arms Hotel, Creswick-road. From the particulars which we were enabled to collect hastily between 9 and 10 o'clock this morning, it seems that a respectably-dressed middle aged man came by the 4 o'clock Creswick coach yesterday afternoon, and, having engaged a bed for the night, left his portmanteau, and went out. He returned between 9 and 10 at night, and retired to his bedroom immediately. It was found this morning that he was not at breakfast, and on of the girls having called him repeatedly and got no answer, a friend of Mr. Wilkes, a young man of the name of Moller, who is lodging in the house, opened the bedroom door and found the unhappy man literally weltering in his blood, he having cut his throat across with a fearful gash, and also cut his arm below the elbow. When found, as stated, the man was deluged with blood and lying on the floor alongside the bed, apparently almost at the point of death, a two-bladed clasp knife and a razor being found both close at hand, and stained with blood. Dr. Hudson was at once sent for, and had the man conveyed to the hospital, and we learn that it was hoped that he would recover from the consequences of his rash act. The name of the unfortunate man is James Stewart, who was formerly an officer in the British army, but has been for some years acting us a school-master.[5]

The hotel was sold, and in July 1871 a final auction of items not wanted by the new owners was put up for auction:

SATURDAY, 8th JULY, At Eleven o'clock. To Hotel keepers, Boardinghouse Keepers, and Others, Completion of Sale at the Carriers' Arms Hotel, Doveton Street, TUNBBIDGE, WALTERS, and CO. are instructed to complete the sale by public auction of the undermentioned effects on the above day, The ENTIRE STOCK of WINES and SPIRITS, consisting of—Port, sherry, colonial and other wines, brandy, whisky, gin, porter, ale, &c. ; Also, The unsold portion of FURNITURE, comprising every requisite for a first-class Hotel. Particulars and Terms at Sale.[6]

The publican was fined in November 1917:

In the city court on Tuesday William Austin, licensee of the Carriers' Arms Hotel, was fined £2 for having permitted an unauthorised person to remain on his premises during prohibited hours. A man found in the hotel without lawful excuse was fined 3/.[7]

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

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was closed on 31 December 1968 after its license was surrendered. The Licensing Court had wanted improvements made including hot and cold water, carpeting, and internal toilets. The owner, Miss Alice Ford, made the decision to close the hotel.[3]


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1876 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 4. , viewed 23 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199831117
  2. 2.0 2.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 2019, Cluff, Caleb, 'This Ballarat hotel is all that remains of a once-booming area of industry', Ballarat Courier, 11 February 2019, https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5884689/the-carriers-arms-is-a-reminder-of-our-gold-boom-past/
  4. 1869 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 3. , viewed 27 Jan 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112856794
  5. 5.0 5.1 1870 'ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT BALLARAT.', Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), 22 January, p. 3. , viewed 17 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60898086
  6. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 4 July, p. 3. , viewed 16 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191428654
  7. 1917 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 14 November, p. 10. , viewed 17 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155176378
  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. 1871 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 September, p. 4. , viewed 28 Feb 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197566256
  10. 1882 'ADVERTISEMENT MEMOS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 August, p. 3. , viewed 13 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202126257
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 License records, Public Record Office Victoria.
  12. 1917 'EVENTS OF THE DAY', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 July, p. 2. , viewed 12 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241715242
  13. 1917 'Country Hotels.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 31 July, p. 6. , viewed 23 Mar 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155155601
  14. 1936 'MORE BATHROOMS IN HOTELS', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 13 October, p. 11. , viewed 24 Jul 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11924708


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