North Britain Hotel

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North Britain Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Doveton and Macarthur Streets
Known dates 1862-2024

The North Britain Hotel is a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1862-2024

Site[edit | edit source]

The North Britain Hotel is in Macarthur Street, Soldiers Hill[1], on the corner with Doveton Street. The address in 2014 is given as 502 Doveton Street North.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

In 1862 and 1906 the name was given as the North Briton Hotel.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In December 1877 the police objected to the license renewal for Edward Ferdinand Mingst on the grounds that the hotel was dilapidated and ill-furnished.[4]

In March 1911, the License Reduction Board held a hearing into the hotel:

NORTH BRITAIN HOTEL. Mr. C, Hamilton appeared for the owners and licensee (owners, Mary Ann Bennie, John P. Mingst, Geo. H. Mingst, and Alice H. Annear; licensee, Thos. Wright), in the case of the North Britain hotel, Macarthur street. Sergeant Perry, Ballarat North, gave evidence that the Macarthur street State school was adjacent to the hotel, and the children often played about the front of the premises. He did not think people, looking for lodgings would be inconvenienced by the closing of the hotel. It was an old place. To Mr Hamilton—The hotel was well conducted, and it was the most central house in the district. Mr Hamilton said that the building was certainly an old one, but it was not dilapidated. The owner was quite prepared to make any improvements that might be deemed necessary. William Gribble, architect, testified as to the convenience of the hotel. To the Chairman—The building could be put into first class order for about £150. George Henry Mingst, one of the joint owners, said the locality was a fairly busy one, and the hotel would be missed if the Board closed it. Thomas Wright, licensee, said he had received no complaints about the hotel from the headmaster of the State school. John P. Wilson, J.P., thought the hotel was conveniently situated.[5]

In February 1935 the publican, Susan Canny, was one of a number of Ballarat publicans fined £1 for having had men on the premises after hours.[6]

In 1963, Maxwell Johnson was gaoled for seven days for assault with a weapon. He had pointed a shotgun the publican's wife's stomach while she was in the hotel wash house. Iris May Shadbolt dared Johnson to pull the trigger, saying to him "If you want to pull the trigger, pull it."[7]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In 1862-1864> the publican was Dougal McGregor.[3][1][8] The police had concerns about renewing his license in June 1863:

"Dougal M'Gregor, North Britain Hotel, McArthur street, Soldiers' Hill. Inspector Kabat said the house was unfurnished, and there was no bedding. The Bench granted the application conditionally.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72514938
  2. The North Britain Hotel, 2012, http://www.ballarat.com/northbritain, access date 12 February 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66324917
  4. 1877 'ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199282906
  5. 5.0 5.1 1911 'LICENSES REDUCTION BOARD.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 March, p. 2. , viewed 10 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article216628381
  6. 6.0 6.1 1935 'Cases at Ballarat.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 6 February, p. 13. , viewed 21 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205859287
  7. 7.0 7.1 1963, 'WOMAN DARED MAN TO SHOOT HER', The Age, 6 February 1963, pg.5, https://www.newspapers.com/image/122032766/
  8. 1864 'DISTRICT PUBLICANS' LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 July, p. 4. , viewed 11 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66346137
  9. 1871 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 June, p. 4. , viewed 30 Nov 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197563216
  10. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 21 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608890
  11. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 25 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200186441
  12. 1906 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 October, p. 1. , viewed 09 Aug 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210687435
  13. 1921 'Country Hotel Transfers.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 20 July, p. 14. , viewed 31 Jul 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206710084
  14. 1922 'LICENSING TRANSFERS', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 May, p. 2. , viewed 27 Apr 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213031742
  15. Ancestry.com. Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.Original data: Australian Electoral Commission. [Electoral roll]
  16. 1934 'LICENSING COURT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 24 July, p. 11. , viewed 18 May 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205538846
  17. 1934 'HOTEL SALES', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 October, p. 3. , viewed 30 Jan 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10988650


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