Daniel Prunty

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Daniel Prunty
Born c.1881
Died 7 April 1949
Clarendon
Occupation Publican
Years active 1907-1909
Known for Clarendon Hotel
Home town Clarendon

Daniel Prunty was a publican in Clarendon, 1907-1909.

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Prunty took over the license for the Clarendon Hotel at Clarendon in February 1907. He almost immediately fell foul over new licensing regulations of which he was unaware:

The Ballarat Licensing Court, presided over by His Honor Judge Box and Messrs H. M. Murphy and H. Morrison, P.M’s., resumed its sittings at the Supreme Court Buildings, Lydiard street, yesterday, to determine the amounts to be paid into the compensation fund by hotel-keepers in the licensing districts of Buninyong and Sebastopol. Under the new Licensing Act it is necessary for hotel-keepers to furnish the court with a statement of their purchases of liquor for the 12 months ending the 30th September, 1906, and on the amount of the purchases the court fixed the compensation to be paid on the 3 per cent. basis, one-third to be paid by the owner and the balance by the licensee.
Almost the first publican to get into the box yesterday was a young man named Daniel Prunty, of Clarendon, who had failed to furnish a declaration. His Honor (severely)—What is the meaning of this, young man? Witness—l have only been in the place a fortnight. I knew nothing about the Act. His Honor—It would serve you right if you had your certificate refused. Didn't you know that this information was required? Witness—l never got any word. His Honor (fiercely)—Do you ever read the newspapers, Sir? What do you mean by saying you have had no information, and why. I am told you were communicated with four times, quite unnecessarily. Witness—All I know is that I got a summons. His Honor—What did you do when you got the summons? Did you light your pipe with it-? (Laughter). Do you want to lose your license? Witness—l didn't understand the law. His Honor—Where you live at Clarendon is there no living person but yourself? (Laughter). Witness—Yes. His Honor—Don’t they talk about the Act? Witness—Yes. His Honor—And don’t you know hotels are effected by the Act? Witness—Yes. His Honor—How long was your predecessor in the house? Witness—Three years. His Honor—Then you had better fetch him here. Witness—l don’t think he can come to-day. His Honor—Now, just look here. Take my advice and bring him here. If he won’t come take the proper steps to fetch him. would serve you very well right if the court said it could not fix your compensation fee. If that was done you could not get your license renewed on the 28th March. The court proposes to do this. You fetch your predecessor and tell him to bring vouchers and books relating to liquors bought during the year. If you cannot get him to come summons him. We will put your case at the bottom of the list. I do not understand you. You are the only one who has paid no earthly attention to the requirements of the Act. We can fix the compensation at any amount we like, but we want something to go on. Witness—l knew nothing about it. His Honor (severely)—You didn't want to know anything about it. You get the last licensee to come here, and you must do it this afternoon. So away you go. But wait a minute. Who did your predecessor buy from? Witness—The Ballarat Brewing Company, Kenna and another. His Honor—How did you know this? Witness—The last licensee told me. His Honor—Oh! did he. That makes the case worse. Witness—l have 16 or 17 miles to go to get the last licensee. His Honor—Well I see you cannot get him, but get all the information you can from the Brewing Company and Kenna’s, and come here again this afternoon. There is a provision in the Act for fining you for your neglect. Away you go.[1]

In May 1908 he testified at the Licenses Reduction Board hearing into the hotel:

Daniel Prunty, licensee, said that there was a very good business done at the house. He frequently supplied accommodation to drovers and harvest hands. There was a rifle butts not far from the hotel, and the members patronised the house when matches were fired.[2]

The hotel was closed at the end of 1909 and Prunty received £53 compensation.[3]

In February 1911 he was fined £2 with £1 3/6 costs for failing to lodge his income tax.[4]

He died at Clarendon on 7 April 1949:

MR. DANIEL PRUNTY. The sudden death on April 7 of Mr. Daniel Prunty of Clarendon came as a great shock to his family and wide circle of friends. He had lived all of his 68 years at Clarendon, where he was an exemplary Catholic, a wise counsellor and a leading member of the community. He is survived by a widow and a grown-up family of four sons and four daughters. Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul was celebrated at Clarendon church. One of the largest corteges ever to leave the church bore testimony to the popularity of the deceased. The coffin was borne by three of deceased's sons and three sons-in-law—Messrs. L., K. and J. Prunty, C. Jackman, S. Black and W. Beggs, while the pall was supported by Messrs. A. and E. Prunty (brothers) J. O'Donnell, A. Harrington, J. Callahan, P. Wren and F. and G. Baum. The celebrant of the Requiem Mass, Rev. J. O'Brien, Ballarat East, also officiated at the graveside.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1907 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 March, p. 3. , viewed 27 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210891473
  2. 1908 'CLARENDON HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 May, p. 4. , viewed 27 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205464160
  3. 1909 'LICENSING ACT. REDUCTION BOARD'S WORK.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 27 October, p. 10. , viewed 27 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10743524
  4. 1911 'INCOME TAX PROSECUTIONS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 22 February, p. 14. , viewed 27 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196172773
  5. 1949 'MR. DANIEL PRUNTY', Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), 19 May, p. 21. , viewed 27 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172503843

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