Carriers' Arms (Skipton Street)

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Carriers' Arms
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Town Ballarat
Street Skipton Street
Closed 1892
Known dates 1871-1892

The Carriers' Arms was a hotel in Ballarat, <1871-1892.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the corner of Skipton and South Streets Ballarat.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

William Steet applied for the license in March 1871:

TO the licensing Magistrates at Ballarat.— I, WILLIAM STEET, South Street, Ballarat, 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 situated at the comer of South and Skipton streets, Ballarat; containing seven rooms exclusive of those required for the use of the family, namely — three bedrooms, three sitting rooms , one bar, and stabling for six horses. The 4th day of March, A. D. 1871. WILLIAM STEET.[2]

In March 1872 a gang of hotel thieves attempted to break in through the cellar hatch:

Some few days ago they effected an entrance into the Nags Head hotel, Armstrong street, by loosening the hinges from the cellar door outside and about two o’clock on Thursday morning a similar attempt - most likely by the same gang - was made at Mr. Steet's Carriers' hotel, Skipton street, but which, owing to the precautions taken, ended in a failure. It appears that Mr Steet had an alarm signal communicating with the bar, fixed beneath the trap, and on its being raised the noise of the alarm given warned the robbers to be off, and at the same time awoke him out of bed. They wisely thought it imprudent to return, but if they had they would have experienced a warm reception. It seems, however, that they were not to be baulked of their spoil, for an entrance by the cellar trap was effected during the morning into Mr Haigh's Miners Support hotel, and a clean sweep was there made of the spirits in the bar. This is the second time Mr Haigh has been robbed.[3]

The hotel was one of 26 hotels listed for closure by the Ballarat West Licensing Court in March 1892. The Ballarat Star reported:

Carriers Arms’ hotel, corner of Skipton and South streets. Licensee, Robert Clark; owner, trustee in estate Mrs Hill, bracketed with the Miners’ Support hotel; corner of Skipton and Lyons streets (owner and licensee, Joseph Richards). Mr T. Robinson appeared for the Carriers’ Arms hotel, and Mr Pearson for the Miners’ Support hotel. Mr Robinson urged that the former hotel was more needed than the other, and that it was better conducted. Mr. W. D. Hill said there was no hotel between the Carriers’ Arms and Mount Pleasant. The hotel was in a thickly populated locality. Robert Clark, licensee, said beds were not often called for, but he supplied them when they were asked for. His trade was principally a bar one. Cr Bell said the hotel was largely used for meeting purposes, especially at elections.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1871 and December 1873, the license was granted to William Steet.[4][5]
  • In March 1892 the publican was Robert Clark and the owner was the trustee of the estate of Mrs. Hill.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1892 'BALLARAT WEST LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 March, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jul 2016,
  2. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1886; 1914 - 1918), 11 March, p. 4. , viewed 08 Jan 2024,
  3. 1874 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 March, p. 2. , viewed 27 Jan 2019,
  4. 1871 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 June, p. 4. , viewed 06 Dec 2017,
  5. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,

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