Mount Blowhard Hotel

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Mount Blowhard Hotel
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Town Mount Blowhard
Opened 1857
Closed 31 December 1915
Known dates 1857-1915
Other names aka Blowhard Hotel

The Mount Blowhard Hotel was in Mount Blowhard, Victoria <1857-1915>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Mount Blowhard Hotel was at Mount Blowhard.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

This hotel is also known as the Blowhard Hotel.

History[edit | edit source]

In June 1857 James McNee tried to change the name on the application for a license:

James M'Nee. New Hotel, Daisy Hill road.-Refused ; the Magistrate - remarking, in reply to applicant's wish for the substitution of another name for his own, that he was there to administer, and not to make, or set aside the law. It would never do for them to make laws and administer them too.[2]

In June 1861 the presiding J.P., Dr. Blunden commented favorably on the hotel:

David Muir, Mount Blowhard Hotel, Mount Blowhard. The police reported that the accommodation was first rate; and Dr. Blunden remarked that it was one of the best and oldest established hotel in the district. Granted.[3]

In June 1865 the publican, David Muir, was declared insolvent:

David Muir, Mount Blowhard—Several debts proved. One week's preferential wages allowed to Catherine McCann. The official assignee reported. The insolvent was a publican. The hotel was mortgaged to its full value, and about L20 had been realised from goods and chattels.[4]

In June 1865 John McDonald was charged with several offences at Mount Blowhard including theft from the hotel:

On Monday, before Mr James Baird, J.P., John M'Donald was charged with having maliciously broken a window, the property of Thomas Digby, of the Golden Well Hotel, on the 16th inst. Sentenced to twenty-four hours' imprisonment. (Mr Thomas Bath, J.P., here joined the Bench.) The same prisoner was then charged with having used obscene language in a public place, at Mount Blowhard, on the 24th inst., for this offence he was fined £1 or one week's imprisonment. A third charge was then preferred against the prisoner for having, on the 24th inst., stolen a side of mutton from Margaret Muir, at Mount Blowhard Hotel, value 7s 6d. The Bench sentenced the prisoner to one week's imprisonment, to commence at the expiration of previous sentences.[5]

The hotel was offered for sale by auction in June 1871:

WEDNESDAY, 14th JUNE, At One o’clock p.m. THE MOUNT BLOWHARD HOTEL TO CAPITALISTS AND HOTELKEEPERS. RICHARD TUNBRIDGE has received instructions to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, on Wednesday, 14th June, on the premises, at One o’clock, THE MOUNTBLOWHARD HOTEL, Being a two-story building, substantially built in brick. The ground floor consists of GROCERS' SHOP, BAR, BAR PARLOR, and COMMERCIAL ROOM. The upper floor contains PRIVATE SITTING ROOM, and BEDROOM attached, Large Room for Meetings, With five bedrooms, all well fitted up. Detached is a well-built brick kitchen, fitted up with every requisite. Also: Outhouses, together with extensive stabling, that will accommodate any number of horses. There are about six acres of splendid land, one and a-half of which is a first-class garden, planted with fruit trees. The remainder is a paddock well fenced. The whole is let to a good tenant. The Auctioneer deems it quite unnecessary to dilate on the above property, it being so well known for so many years as a first-class Store and Hotel. The reason for the owner disposing of it is his being obliged to go to Europe.[6]

The hotel was reviewed for possible closure by the Licenses Reduction Board in May 1908:

BLOWHARD HOTEL. Blowhard Hotel, Mt. Blowhard-Owner and licensee, Humphrey Murphy. Mr J. B. Pearson appeared for the owner and licensee. Inspector Balchin said that the hotel was as a two storied brick building, in good repair, fairly well-kept and furnished, and well conducted. The assessment was £35. In view of the number of hotels in the licensing district, of Dowling Forest, he thought the hotel was not required. Constable Hevey said that in his opinion the closing of the hotel would cause inconvenience to the public. There was a good deal of traffic passing the hotel. To Mr Pearson — It was the nearest hotel to the Blowhard railway station. Humphrey Murphy, owner and licensee, said there were six bedrooms for the use of the public. He paid £600 for the hotel in 1893, and had since spent £200 in improvements. There was six acres of land attached to the place. Samson Kinnersley, farmer, John Fisher, farmer, and Patrick Sheldon, farmer, gave evidence in favor of the retention of the hotel. Decision was reserved.[7]

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.[8] The hotel was one of about 40 hotels closed by the License Reduction Board and ceased trading at 9.30pm on 31 December 1915.[9] The court paid £210 compensation.[10]


Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • August 1865, polling booth for the East Riding lection for the Shire of Ballarat.[11]
  • September 1868, venue chosen by James McIntosh, President of the Shire of Learmonth for a meeting:
"...to take into consideration the desirability of PRESENTING the Hon. Mr GRANT, M.L.A., with a suitable TESTIMONIAL, as a small recognition of his long and valuable public services to the colony."[1]


The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1868 'Advertising.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918), 17 September, p. 3, viewed 17 May, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113847471
  2. 2.0 2.1 1857 'LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 3. , viewed 25 Dec 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66042898
  3. 1861 'LEARMONTH POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 25 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 05 Nov 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66340175
  4. 1865 'INSOLVENT COURT', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 17 June, p. 2. , viewed 03 Jul 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article150405960
  5. 5.0 5.1 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112887790
  6. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 June, p. 3. , viewed 17 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197563332
  7. 7.0 7.1 1908 'BLOWHARD HOTEL', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 May, p. 4. , viewed 11 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205463939
  8. 1915 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 10, viewed 13 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1504941
  9. 1915 'DELICENSED', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 04 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241695876
  10. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1578545
  11. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 August, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jan 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112877788
  12. 1858 'CRESWICK LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 19 June, p. 2, viewed 4 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048755
  13. 1859 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 28 May, p. 2. , viewed 18 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053306
  14. 1860 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 June, p. 3. , viewed 10 Sep 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66056337
  15. 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 17 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339882
  16. 1866 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 February, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE BALLARAT STAR), viewed 22 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112867081
  17. 1871 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 28 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197574996
  18. 1872 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 19 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219196464
  19. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608571
  20. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 28 Nov 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200652915
  21. 1882 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 3. , viewed 02 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article202701203
  22. 1883 'LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201620075
  23. 1885 'LEARMONTH LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3. , viewed 06 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206305338
  24. 1914 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 October, p. 4. , viewed 02 Dec 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154515199



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