Carriers' Arms (Millbrook)

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Carriers' Arms
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Town Millbrook
Opened 1865
Closed 31 December 1907
Known dates 1865-1907

The Carriers' Arms was a hotel in Millbrook, Victoria, <1875-1907.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Millbrook[1], described as Moorabool Creek in 1875.[2] Is this the Carriers' Arms earlier said to be in Fellmonger's Road, Bungaree?

Background[edit | edit source]

The history of the hotel was noted when it closed at the end of 1907:

The popular hostlery known as Britt’s Carriers’ Arms Hotel, at Millbrook, was closed on Tuesday night at midnight, after being opened for 42 years. The Misses Britt voluntarily gave up the license, and were compensated by court. The hotel was built by Mr Patrick Britt, the father of the present proprietors, in 1865, and he was known as one of the most popular and genial hosts between Ballarat and Melbourne, When he died some years ago his sons carried it on in conjunction with their sisters, but their farming business has grown so large of late years that they have to devote all their time to it. Millbrook not very long ago had three hotels, and it is singular that Messrs Britt Bros., by their purchase of the other two and the land adjoining them were the direct cause of closing all the hotels at Millbrook.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel voluntarily surrendered the license which was to be canceled on 31 December 1907.[1]

The hearing by the Licensing Court was held in December 1907:

The case of the Carriers's Arms Hotel was next taken. Licensing Inspector. Balchin stated that the Carriers' Arms Hotel, at Millbrook, was in the Warrenheip licensing district. The statutory number of hotels in the district was six, and the existing number 12. The hotel was an old wooden building, not in good repair. It was kept clean, and was well conducted. The Chairman—ls it required in the interests of the public ? Witness—ln my opinion this hotel could be closed without causing any inconvenience. The nearest house is three miles from it on the Melbourne side, and the Shamrock and Olive Branch Hotels, at Dunnstown, are six miles from it. These hotels would benefit by the closing of the Carriers’ Arms, and so would the Harp of Erin and the Maryville. Which hotel do you think would benefit the most? —The Shamrock, the Olive Branch next, and the other two equal. Supposing the house is deprived of its license, what would it bring to live in?—l don’t think there is any demand at all for houses out there. I I don’t believe the owner could get a tenant for it. What is the house assessed at? —£50 per year.
Frank Besemeres, auctioneer and valuer, said that the Carriers' Arms Hotel would be worth with its license £1 per week nett. He meant exclusive of rates, insurance, etc. Without a license the house would be worth 5s per week. If the owner did not occupy it himself it would be very hard to find a tenant for it. The hotel and ground inclusive delicensed, was worth 10s per week. There were seven acres of land. He estimated the capital value of the house and land, with license at £650, and without license at £325. To the owner to live on the property it ought to be worth £400. William Britt said he and his brother were the owners of the property and he was the licensee. There were five in the family, and they had been running the farm and hotel in conjunction. His sister principally looked after the hotel, and she paid some of the expenses of the house and the keep of farm hands. The takings from the hotel were not always sufficient to pay for these things. For six or seven years, prior to this year, threepenny beers were sold, but this year all had been sixpence.[4]

The owner was paid £245 compensation and the licensee received £1.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1875, and 1878, the publican Patrick Britt had his license renewed.[2][6]
  • In December 1879 the license was granted to John Moore.[7]
  • In December 1884 and 1887 the publican Patrick Britt (misspelled as "Brett" in 1884-1887) had his license renewed.[8][9]
  • In July 1901 the license was transferred from Patrick Britt to William Britt.[10]
  • In December 1906 an application by William Britt (misspelled as "Butt") to renew the license was struck out as he had not sent the license into the court.[11]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1907 'LICENCES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 10 December, p. 10. , viewed 07 May 2018,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 31 December, p. 4. , viewed 13 Apr 2019,
  3. 1908 'GORDON.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 January, p. 6. , viewed 20 Apr 2019,
  4. 1907 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 December, p. 4. , viewed 14 Jun 2018,
  5. 1907 'LICENCES DEDUCTION BOARD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 11 December, p. 6. , viewed 19 Feb 2024,
  6. 1878 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 December, p. 4. , viewed 15 Apr 2019,
  7. 1879 'GORDON POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1885; 1914 - 1918), 6 December, p. 3. , viewed 12 Jan 2023,
  8. 1884 'GORDON POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 December, p. 4. , viewed 27 Apr 2019,
  9. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Apr 2019,
  10. 1901 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 July, p. 3. , viewed 05 Dec 2023,
  11. 1906 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 14 Jun 2018,

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