Millers' Arms

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Miller's Arms
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Town Ballarat
Known dates 1864-2024

The Miller's Arms is a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1864-2024.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel is in Doveton Street, Ballarat.[1][2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was named after the first publican, A. Miller.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In March 1896 Edward Keys applied for the license for the Millers' Arms, but his application was rejected as he still held a license for a hotel in Geelong:

An unexpected difficulty arose yesterday at the quarterly sitting of the Licensing Court in connection with the application of Edward Keys for a transfer to him of the license of the Millers’ Arms hotel, Ballarat, from the present licensee, Robert Cummins. Mr Lazarus, who appeared in support of the implication, intimated to the court that Mr Keys was the holder of a license in Geelong, his efforts to dispose of his interest there having failed for the time being. He had concluded his negotiations for the transfer of the license of the Millers’ Arms hotel from Mr Cummins to himself in the full expectation of being able to satisfactorily dispose of his Geelong business, but as he had been unable to do the latter the difficulty had arisen. In reality the Geelong business had been disposed of, but the notices of intention to apply for a transfer had been lodged too late to admit of the application being granted. Mr Cummins in the meantime had left Ballarat and gone to Sydney for the benefit of his health, and as a transfer to Mr Keys was out of the question, Mr Lazarus asked that Mrs Keys should be appointed agent for Mr Cummins to carry on the business until a transfer could be effected at the next sitting of the court. He was enabled to make this application by reason of the fact that he also represented Mr Cummins. His Honor Judge Gaunt pointed out that if Mrs Keys were appointed agent Mr Cummins could not be made responsible in the event of any breach of the law being committed, for he was not present to make the application. Moreover, according to Mr Lazarus’ showing, Mrs Keys would in reality be merely acting for her husband who had already purchased the business. In view of these facts the court declined to grant the application.[4]

The hotel's license was reviewed by the Licenses Reduction Board in 1911:

The Millers’ Arms, Doveton street (owner, Mrs. Mary Keys; licensee, Mrs E. Tait), was taken first, Mr J. B. Pearson appearing for both parties. Sergeant Perry, of Ballarat North, gave evidence that the building was a wooden one, with nine rooms, including two public bedrooms. It was nicely furnished. The surrounding district was thickly populated, and the hotel might be necessary for drinking purposes. Mr Pearson submitted that the hotel met all the requirements of the Act, and should be allowed to remain.[5]

In April 1915 the hotel license was taken over by the Rudd family:

Mr J. Rudd, of Ararat, who has been out of harness for some time, has again decided to go into business, having secured a lease of the Millers' Arms Hotel in Doveton street, Ballarat. His many friends here will wish himself and Mrs Rudd success in their new venture.[6]

The hotel was one of 23 hotels reviewed by the License Deprivation Board in Ballarat in 1922.[7]

The hotel was robbed in October 1930:

Using a duplicate key, thieves broke into the bar of the Millers' Arms Hotel Doveton-street on Saturday night, and stole £3 from the till. Detective Jackson is investigating.[8]

The hotel was offered for sale in August 2022 for $925,000.[3]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • January 1871, Mr. Cane, a candidate for the council, soke to 30 ratepayers at the hotel.[9]
  • August 1886, P. B. Ivey held a political meeting at the hotel.[10]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In 1864 the publican was A. Miller.
  • In January 1871 it was known as Cummins' Millers' Arms.[9]
  • In December 1873 and 1875 the license was granted to Robert Cummins.[1][11]
  • In July 1886 the publican was named Robert Cummins.[10]
  • In March 1896 the Licensing Court rejected an application for the transfer of the license from Robert Cummins to Edward Keys.
  • In November 1898 the license was transferred from the executors of Edward Keys to Mary Keys.[2]
  • In March 1911 the publican was Mrs. E. Tait, and the owner Mary Keys.[5]
  • In April 1915 the publican was J. Rudd.[6]
  • From 1953 the hotel was operated by the Walker family
  • From 2002 the hotel publicans were Darryl and Sue Stewart.[3]
  • On Sunday 27 August Darryl Stewart retired, and the new publican is Brett Aspland.[12]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 03 May 2018,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1898 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 November, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016,
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2022, Ford, Alex, 'Ballarat's Millers Arms Hotel goes on the market,' Ballarat Courier, 17 August 2022,
  4. 1896 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 March, p. 2. , viewed 21 Oct 2018,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1911 'MILLERS’ ARMS HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 March, p. 4. , viewed 18 Aug 2022,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1915 'PERSONAL.', Ararat Chronicle and Willaura and Lake Bolac Districts Recorder (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 13 April, p. 2. , viewed 18 Aug 2022,
  7. 1922 'REDUCTION OF LICENSES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 8. , viewed 28 Apr 2022,
  8. 1930 'PROVINCIAL CITIES AND TOWNS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 27 October, p. 12. , viewed 18 Aug 2022,
  9. 9.0 9.1 1871 'MR CANE AT THE MILLERS’ ARMS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 January, p. 2. , viewed 18 Aug 2022,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1886 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 July, p. 3. , viewed 20 Mar 2018,
  11. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022,
  12. 2023, Michelle Smith, 'End of an era as Millers Arms Hotel changes owners', Ballarat Courier, 25 August 2023,

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