Farmers' Arms (Daylesford)

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Farmers' Arms
Town Daylesford
Opened 1857
Known dates 1857-2024
Evidence Hotel still trading

The Farmers Arms Hotel is in Daylesford, Victoria, 1857-2024.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel is at 1 East Street, Daylesford. The hotel building dates to 1857, after the original wooden structure was destroyed by fire.[1]

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Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The publican and several customers were fined for Sunday drinking in October 1914:

In the local court yesterday, Mary Parkinson, licensee of the Farmers' Arms Hotel, Daylesford, was fined £5 for having had her bar door open on Sunday, 4th October. Stewart M'Cahon, John Wray and William Streat were also each fined £1 for having been illegally on the premises of the Farmers' Arms Hotel on the same day.[2]

In September 1918 the state of the drain outside the hotel was brought up at council meeting:

Cr Howe referred to the bad state of the drain leading from the butter factory past the Farmers' Arms Hotel. It was in a disgusting state on Saturday morning, there being two or three inches of scum and filth in it. He considered it was a lovely fever bed. Mr Stewart said the drain was cleaned out every week.-Referred to the inspector.- Cr King said the drain would never he satisfactory until a proper concrete drain had been put down. There was a considerable traffic round those parts of horses and cattle, and the split pipes were not satisfactory.[3]

In June 1922 a man was found dead in the hotel stables:

SUDDEN DEATH. On Sunday morning a man named Arthur Geo. Pretty, aged about 45 years, a well-known resident, was found dead in a stable at the Farmers' Arms hotel. The deceased was employed by Mr Parkinson, of the hotel, digging potatoes, and complained on Saturday of being ill. He went to the football match on Saturday afternoon, and on returning to the hotel shortly after 7 p.m,, he started to go to his home, but returned, stating that he was ill; Mr Parkinson asked him to stay, which he did until about ll p.m., when he determined to go. He was not seen again until 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, when he was found dead amongst some bags in stable. The matter was reported to the police and Sergeant Opie and Constable Doherty visited the hotel. Life being extinct the body was taken to the hospital morgue, where on Monday Dr. Ruddle performed a post mortem examination, and an enquiry was held before Mr R. C. Densen, deputy coroner, on Monday afternoon. The deceased, who leaves a wife and large family, the eldest being 17 years, suffered for some time from bronchial trouble.[4]

In October 1924 the licensee was fined:

In the Daylesford Court of Petty Sessions, M. Parkinson, licensee of the Farmers Arms Hotel was fined £3 with 14/6 costs for having allowed persons on the premises during prohibited hours.[5]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • September 1867, into the deaths of three lost children, Alfred Herbert Burman, William Graham, and Thomas Graham. They "...were found dead at Musk Creek on 13th September, 1867, having been lost since 30th June; and the jury are of opinion that they died from exposure and want."[6]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mylne, Lee. Great Australian Pubs, Hardie Grant Books, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central,
  2. 1914 'LICENSING PROSECUTION.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 30 October, p. 9. , viewed 05 Sep 2021,
  3. 1918 'DAYLESFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 20 September, p. 3. , viewed 05 Sep 2021,
  4. 1922 'DAYLESFORD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 June, p. 6. , viewed 30 May 2018,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1924 'DAYLESFORD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 3 October, p. 17. , viewed 30 May 2018,
  6. 1867 'THE DAYLESFORD CHILDREN.', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 18 September, p. 3. , viewed 05 Sep 2021,
  7. Australian Electoral Roll, Victoria, 1912, Laanecoorie, Daylesford
  8. Australian Electoral Roll, Victoria, 1914, Grampians, Daylesford
  9. Australian Electoral Roll, Victoria, 1928, Ballarat, Daylesford.
  10. Australian Electoral Roll, Victoria, 1949, Ballarat, Daylesford
  11. 1914 'DAYLESFORD LICENSING COURT', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 8 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2019,
  12. 1915 'LICENSING COURT.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 16 December, p. 3. , viewed 16 Dec 2019,

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