Lambton Arms

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Lambton Arms
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Town Burrumbeet
Closed 19 April 2014
Known dates 1872-2014
Evidence Building still standing

The Lambton Arms Hotel was a hotel in Burrumbeet, Victoria, <1872-2014.

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The Lambton Arms Hotel was in Burrumbeet.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was robbed in February 1897:

ROBBERY IN COMPANY. A RAID ON A HOTEL. Frank Guilfoyle and William Thompson were charged at the Learmonth Police Court yesterday with robbery in company of several bottles, containing brandy, ginger wine, peppermint, &c., from Bridget Gargan, licensee of the Lampton Arms hotel, Burrumbeet, on the 1st February, and the latter was also charged with being armed with a dangerous weapon with felonious intent. Mr Leader, P.M., and Messrs T. Bath, J. P. Spiers, and C. Edmondston, J’s.P., occupied the bench. Bridget Gargan’s evidence went to show that the men were purchasing beer from her hotel and drinking it outside. Thompson came into the bar again about half past 2 o’clock and asked for beer, but witness said she had ran out of beer, and the prisoner consented to take porter instead. The prisoner went away without paying, and she followed him, and when asked for the money he said he had none. She returned to the bar, followed by the prisoners. Guilfoyle put a half-crown on the counter to pay 1s for the porter, and witness took a pound’s worth of silver wrapped it paper out of her pocket for the change. She put a shilling down, and whilst she was searching for 6d Guilfoyle took up the half-crown and the shilling, and then came round the counter to where she was standing, saying he would have that pound. He tried to put his hands in her pocket, but she slipped away and went round the back way to the back door, where Thompson was standing. She called upon them to come out of the bar, but they would not come. She then ran down to the railway station, 100 yards or so distant, and when she returned with the stationmaster and Mr Halpine, assistant stationmaster, one of the men had the bottle of brandy produced in his possession. The water bottle was laying outside broken, and when she went into the bar she missed several bottles of brandy and cordials. Mr Halpine took the bottles away from the accused, and also the half-crown and a shilling which she received from him. Ellen Gargan, daughter of the last witness, corroborated the evidence of her mother. W. H. Halpine, assistant stationmaster, deposed that Mrs Gargan came to him about 3.15 o’clock on the afternoon named, and stated that there were two men at her hotel who had robbed her. He went down and met Thompson coming out of the bar with a bottle in his hands which he took from him, as also one from Guilfoyle who came out immediately afterwards. Thompson ran away and witness went to look for him. He saw him some few hundred yards down the railway line, and when witness came up with him the accused had something in his hand which he found to be a handkerchief with a piece of road metal in it. Witness asked him what he was going to do with it, and prisoner told him he might get into a row with some or these fellows, meaning, witness thought, the men he had been drinking with. Thompson appeared as if he had had a few drinks, but he was not drunk. Constable Perkins gave formal evidence as to the arrest of the accused in response to a telegram received from Burrumbeet. One previous conviction was put in against Guilfoyle, and 12 against Thompson. Each of the accused was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in the Ballarat gaol, and Thompson was sent to an additional month on the charge of being armed, &c. After the conclusion of the case Mr Leader said that it was the opinion of the bench that Mr Halpine deserved great credit for the way he had acted in the matter. There was no constable at Burrumbeet, and Mr Halpine took action instead, for which he deserved to be highly complimented.[2]

The hotel totally destroyed in a fire in March 1903:

The Lambton Arms Hotel, one of the oldest hostelries in the Burrumbeet district, was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. The occupants of the place were in the yard at the time, and when they entered the house a few minutes afterwards, flames were observed bursting from the storeroom. The licensee, Mrs Campbell, had only time to secure a few articles of clothing from her room before the fire spread throughout the building, which was totally destroyed, together with the whole of its contents. The unfortunate having no water supply of sufficient force with which to cope with the flames, were compelled to stand by and watch the destruction of their home. The house was owned by Cr Dobson, and was insured for £500, though in what office was not known last night. Mrs Campbell’s furniture and effects were also insured, in the Victoria Company, for £200. The fire is supposed to have originated in the storeroom, though the cause is a mystery.[3]

ADJOURNED. Elizabeth Jane Campbell, licensee of the Lambton Arms hotel, Burrumbeet, which was destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon under circumstances reported in "The Star" yesterday, applied for permission to carry on business on the ground. It was intended, she said, to re-build the hotel. The application was adjourned till the following afternoon, to allow of further evidence being forthcoming.[4]

In May 1908 the License Reduction Board held a hearing into the hotel:

LAMBTON ARMS HOTEL, BURRUMBEET - Class D. The owners of this hotel, it was stated, were W. Dobson and others, while Michael Purcell was the licensee. Inspector Balchin said the house was not required, there being already nineteen hotels in the Dowling Forest district. The statutory number was nine. There were two convictions against the house, which was well kept. Constable Hart, of Learmonth, corroborated this statement. Messrs. Dobson, Purcell, Taylor, Fearey and others said the hotel was necessary for the convenience of local residents. Decision was reserved.[5]

On 22 March 1915, the hotel was included on a list of hotels to be deprived of their licenses. This list was complied by the Licenses Reduction Board in Melbourne. Licensing district hearings for hotels on this list were to be held at the Ballarat Supreme Court on 11 May.[1] The hotel remained open.

The hotel finally closed on 19 April 2014, after new roadworks on the Western Highway, made access to the site very difficult.[6]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In December 1902, Mr. M. Ryan, standing for the seat of Windermere, used the hotel for a political meeting.[7]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1897 'ROBBERY IN COMPANY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 February, p. 2. , viewed 08 Sep 2018,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1903 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 March, p. 2. , viewed 02 Feb 2023,
  4. 1903 'ADJOURNED.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 March, p. 3. , viewed 02 Feb 2023,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1908 'LICENCES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 1 May, p. 6, viewed 26 October, 2015,
  6. 6.0 6.1 CHRIS McLENNAN, Major roadworks force closure of historic country hotel in Burrumbeet, The Weekly Times April 25, 2014,
  7. 1902 'WINDERMERE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 5. , viewed 05 May 2017,
  8. 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Apr 2016,
  9. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Apr 2016,
  10. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 May, p. 3. , viewed 24 Nov 2018,
  11. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 29 Nov 2018,
  12. 1882 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 3. , viewed 02 May 2016,
  13. 1885 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 06 May 2016,
  14. 1883 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Feb 2018,
  15. Wise's Post Office Directory, 1888, Australia, City Directories, 1845-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
  16. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Oct 2018,
  17. 1896 'THE COURTS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 2. , viewed 02 Dec 2018,
  18. 1905 'POLICE COURTS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 November, p. 8. , viewed 02 Mar 2021,
  19. 19.0 19.1 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 20 February, p. 20, viewed 2 October, 2014,

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