Munster Arms (Humffray Street)

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Munster Arms
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Humffray and Victoria Streets
Opened 1862
Known dates 1862-1951, 2018-2024
Other names Bakery Hill Hotel
Bakery Hill Tavern (1988/9)
Battlers Tavern (2011)
Munster Arms (2018)

The Munster Arms was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1862 - 1951>, 2018-2024

Site[edit | edit source]

The Munster Arms was on the corner of Humffray Street and Victoria Streets; sometimes it is referred to as one or the other, eg. in Humffray Street[1], and Victoria Street.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel has had several names over the years, but was renamed as the Munster Arms in October 2016:


History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was being built in 1862. In June, the licensing hearing was postponed for one week to give the publican a chance to have the hotel finished.[3]

In October 1878 the hotel was one of several burgled:

A little batch of burglaries were committed in Ballarat East on Thursday night. The Munster Arms was entered by the trap-door leading into the cellar, and seven bottles of whisky and a few shillings were stolen, and lots of books and papers tossed about...the offenders were visitors from Melbourne, attracted hereby the Miners’ Races, and unwilling to leave Ballarat without making a haul of some kind.[4]

The hotel was one of the hotels reviewed at the Licensing Court 1888 hearings:

Munster Arms hotel—Johanna Shelley, owner and licensee. A two-story brick building, 12 rooms, well furnished, very clean, and well conducted. It was principally used by farmers coming into Ballarat; had a large stable, and let about six beds per week...Johanna Shelley, licensee of the Munster Arms, stated that her principal business was with country people, but she also did a fair business in the immediate locality. Cr W. Gale, J.P., said he thought the house necessary for the accommodation of the public.[5]

In October 1894 there was a small fire at the hotel, and the hose reel from the Earl of Zetland Hotel was used to put it out:

About a quarter before 11 o’clock last night a fire broke out in the woodhouse of the Munster Arms hotel, at the corner of Victoria and Humffray streets. A young man called the attention of Constables Tolmie and Gardener, who at once sent the alarm to the Ballarat Brigade, and then took the hose reel from the Earl of Zetland hotel. On reaching the hotel they were joined by some firemen, and by the time the brigade arrived everything was safe. The structure contained a quantity of deal wood, and had it not been for the promptness of the constables a serious fire might have resulted.[6]

In October 1922 the publican's son tried to refuse entry to the police:

In the City Court on Tuesday John McCarthy, son of the licensee of the Munster Arms Hotel, was charged with having resisted Constable Roberts in the execution of his duty. Constable Roberts said that when he sought to enter the hotel on licensing duty McCarthy held the door against him and witness had to push his way in. McCarthy said that two men had created a disturbance earlier in the evening, and he held the door closed because he did not recognise the constable, but as soon is he said who it was he opened the door. A fine of 20/ was imposed.[7]

In July 1930 two men were acquitted of stealing and assault at the hotel:

Before Judge Foster, in the Ballarat General Sessions on Tuesday, Ronald Sharp and William Henry Parkinson were charged with having broken into the Munster Arms Hotel, Victoria street, with intent to steal. Sharp was charged also with having assaulted Herbert Hall, manager of the hotel, and causing actual bodily harm. Mr. W. S. Sproull prosecuted for the Crown, and the accused were defended by Mr. T. E. Byrne. Herbert Hall said that he was walking along the hotel passage when he noticed Sharp with his back to the lodgers' cupboard. Without a word Sharp attacked him and felled him with blow on the mouth. Two rooms had been ransacked. For the defence it was claimed that there had been a mistake in identification. The jury found both accused not guilty. Sharp was also acquitted on the charge of assault.[8]

In June 1936 the publican was fined:

For failing to have the bar doors properly shut and fastened after hours on 10th May, Sydney Blenkiron, licensee of the Munster Arms Hotel, was fined £5 by the City Court bench on Tuesday. He was also lined £2 for illegal disposal of liquor, and 5/ for having permitted unauthorised persons on the premises. Four men found by the police on their visit were each fined £1.[9]

In February 1938 the publican was charged with breaches of the licensing laws:

Fines of £5 for having the bar door open after hours were imposed ...on Rudolph Charles Fiscalini licensee of the Munster Arms Hotel. Fiscalini was also fined 15/ for permitting men on the premises.[10]

The hotel reopened as an Irish themed hotel in October 2018.

During the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, the hotel was forced to close on 23 March 2020. They operated a take-away meal service from a window for several days, but this closed on 28 March 2020.[11]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1863 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 4, viewed 4 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515106
  2. 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14, viewed 28 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6136822
  3. 3.0 3.1 1862 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 26 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66325077
  4. 1878 'NEWS AND NOTES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 October, p. 2. , viewed 27 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199345090
  5. 5.0 5.1 1888 'VICTORIA STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209443844
  6. 1894 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 October, p. 2. , viewed 05 Jun 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209220503
  7. COUNTRY NEWS. (1922, October 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 11. Retrieved March 31, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1849540
  8. 1930 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 9 July, p. 12. , viewed 31 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4098421
  9. 1936 'PROVINCIAL CITIES AND TOWNS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 24 June, p. 16. , viewed 21 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204833776
  10. 10.0 10.1 1938 'News from the Country', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 23 February, p. 18. , viewed 11 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206756718
  11. 2020, Munster Arms, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TheMunsterArmsHotel/
  12. 1862 'LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASSOCIATION.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 August, p. 4, viewed 29 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66326137
  13. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 09 Jun 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  14. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 9 November, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314
  15. 1921 'LICENSING COURT', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 May, p. 4. , viewed 10 Jul 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article211962698
  16. 1921 'COUNTRY HOTEL TRANSFERS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 8 November, p. 10. , viewed 11 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article204263136
  17. 1923 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 4 August, p. 11. , viewed 11 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203624234
  18. 1932 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 August, p. 9. , viewed 13 Aug 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4471058
  19. 1934 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 October, p. 3. , viewed 13 Aug 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10966199
  20. 1936 'BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 24 June, p. 10, viewed 5 July, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11044553
  21. 1938 'HOTEL LICENCES TRANSFERRED.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 January, p. 4, viewed 10 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11141685
  22. 1939 'News from the Country', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 1 June, p. 17. , viewed 12 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205638784
  23. 1942 'BALLARAT EVENTS', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 September, p. 4. , viewed 04 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11997809
  24. 1942 'Advertising', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 29 August, p. 8. , viewed 30 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11992902
  25. 1951 'Hotel transfers', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 May, p. 10. , viewed 31 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23074631


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