Olive Branch Hotel (Dunnstown)

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Olive Branch Hotel
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Town Dunnstown
Known dates 1880-1916
Evidence Building still standing

The Olive Branch Hotel was a hotel in Dunnstown, Victoria, <1880-1916>.

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The hotel was in Dunnstwon.[1]

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The hotel's license was reviewed by the Licenses Reduction Board in May 1908:

The Licenses Reduction Board sat at the Supreme Court yesterday, and dealt with the following hotels: OLIVE BRANCH HOTEL. Olive Branch Hotel, , Warrenheip, Owners, Ballarat Brewing Company, licensee Laurence Flynn. Mr. J. B. Pearson, appeared for both parties. Licensing-Inspcctor Balchin said that the hotel was an old wooden building in poor repair, fairly well kept, well conducted and furnished. The rent was 20s per week, and the assessment £50. There were 11 licenses in the Warrenheip district. The statutory number was six. He considered that the hotel was not required. Constable Stevenson said that the hotels in the neighborhood were the Shamrock, Lake View, Farmers, Brewery Tap, and Junction. The Olive Branch Hotel was on the south road The traffic on the north, and south roads between Ballarat and Gordon was about equal. To the Chairman—The trade was chiefly a bar trade. There was very little accommodation there. The hotel could be done without. To Mr-Pearson—He thought the Shamrock could provide for all the trade in the locality.

Constable Jones said that there should be a reduction in the hotels in the vicinity. There, were some young men in that vicinity, who when they got drunk in them, were not half civilised. As matters were at present, if they got thrown out of one pub, they got drunk at the next. If there was only one hotel, there would not be so much disorder. There were nine residents of the locality who could not obtain drink at the Shamrock, on account of their disorderly behaviour. Mr Pearson said that to close up three out of the four hotels in the neighborhood, as had been suggested, would be too drastic. On the long stretch of road between Warrenheip and Gordon, he did not think the number of existing hotels was too many.

Laurence Flynn, licensee, said there was considerably more settlement round his hotel than the Shamrock. There was a lot of traffic to and from the distillery passing his house. His trade was better last year than the year before Andrew Forbes, farmer, said that the district traffic was greater on the north road than on the south road, but the traffic through to Gordon was greater in winter on the south road. John Foley and William Beggs gave evidence in favor of the retention of the Hotel. Thomas Kiely, farmer, of Dunnstown, said that if only one hotel was left on the south rood, between Warrenheip and Gordon, it would be a great injustice, Patrick M'Guan, Dunnstown, farmer, and G. H. Clapperton, Inspector of Excise, also gave evidence Decision was reserved.[2]

In April 1916, a young man was charged with being on the hotel premises out of trading hours:

UNLAWFULLY ON HOTEL PREMISES. SMALL FINE IMPOSED. Patrick Learhinan pleaded guilty to having been on the premises of the Olive Branch Hotel, at Dunnstown, on Sunday, 22nd April. Inspector Sampson said that when the defendant was spoken to about the matter he said he went to the hotel to see a sick horse. The Police Magistrate— What extra ordinary excuses they give. Mr J. P. Early, for the defendant, in asking for leniency, said his client 'had been before the medical board, and did not yet know if he had passed.' The Police Magistrate — If he would drink on six days a week he would be more likely to be accepted than by drinking on seven days. A fine of 20/, with 2/6 costs, was imposed.[3]

The gardens around the hotel building have been featured in open garden events run by the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens:

The Olive Branch Hotel was built in 1898 and has been occupied by its current owners for more than 30 years. Organic raspberries and lemons are grown in the rich volcanic soil and supplied to Victorian restaurants and organic retail outlets. This six acre garden features windbreaks, feature trees, both ornamental and produce gardens have been established creating a romantic, meandering sanctuary. This garden shows what can be created from just bare paddocks with a vision and persistence.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1895 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 16 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203767174
  2. 2.0 2.1 1908 'Licenses Reduction Board.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 May, p. 4. , viewed 11 Aug 2022, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205463945
  3. 1916 'TOWN COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 April, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154537283
  4. 2014, 'Be inspired this weekend at Ballarat Gardens in Spring', https://www.tophedge.com.au/2014/11/inspired-weekend-ballarat-gardens-spring/
  5. 1880 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 3. , viewed 21 Mar 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200652822
  6. 1884 'BUNGAREE POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 December, p. 4. , viewed 13 May 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207630933
  7. 1885 'LICENSING MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206305585
  8. 1887 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 March, p. 3. , viewed 25 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203950740
  9. 1906 'PRESENTATION TO MR P. O'SHEA', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 June, p. 1. , viewed 09 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210677103

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