Scotchmans' Arms

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Scotchmans' Arms
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History
Town Ballarat
Street Esmond Street
Opened June 1858
Closed 1891
Known dates 1858-1891
Other names aka Scotsmans' Arms

The Scotchmans' Arms was a hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria, 1858-1891.

Site[edit | edit source]

The Scotchmans' Arms was in Esmond Street[1], which was later named Durham Street[2], and is now called York Street, on Poverty Point.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

In June 1858, Andrew Morrison had his license granted, even though the premises were still not complete:

Andrew Morrison, Scotchman's Arms, Poverty Point. Mr Walsh supported the application. The inspecting constable reported that the premises were not quite finished. The applicant was informed that the Bench would send round inspectors to all the houses to see the requirements of the Act were complied with. Granted.[3]

In October 1861 the publican wrote to the council for a water trough:

From Mr Andrew Morrison, of the Scotchman's Arms Hotel, desiring permission to erect a watering trough in front of his premises in Esmond street west. Acceded to subject to the report of the Engineer.[4]

In April 1865 the hotel was offered for sale:

FRIDAY, 5th MAY. AUCTION SALE of The Scotchman's Arms Hotel, and Scotch Store, Golden Point. SAMUEL DEEBLE has been favored with instructions from Andrew Morrison, Esq., to offer the above premises for sale by auction, on Friday, 5th May, at 1 o'clock, as Mr Morrison has no intention of again going into the hotel trade. There has been a first-rate business done on the premises for the last eight years, and to a person of small capital such an opening seldom occurs. The premises are substantial and in good order, and could be opened without further expense. The above hotel consists of bar, with excellent underground cellar, dining room, two parlors, four bedrooms, kitchen, scullery, and servants' room ; stable, with hay loft, cart shed, and other out-houses ; also vegetable and flower garden and large yard, a splendid brick built water talk with cast-iron pump, capable of holding 7000 gallons. The premises being all spouted, the proprietor has bought no water for the last seven years. The Scotch Store is thirty feet long by sixteen wide, and will be sold with the hotel. SAMUEL DEEBLE, Auctioneer.[5]

In January 1883 there was a rehearing of the application to transfer the license:

he Scotchman's Arms hotel was transferred to Thomas Cox. Mr Gaunt appeared for Mr Cox. Objection had been taken on the previous court day, on the ground that he had not sole control of the house. An agreement was produced between Henry Leggo and Thomas Cox, and, as it appeared that the cause of objection had been removed. The application was granted.[6]

It was one of the 40 hotels closed in 1891 in Ballarat East as part of the changes to licensing laws.[7]

The owners were paid £727 compensation for the closure of the business.[7]

In January 1893 it was reported that the building had become a private residence.[8]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Inquests[edit | edit source]

  • April 1859, into the death of Ah Tack:

An inquest was held the same day at the Scotchman's Arms, Ballarat, on Ah Tack, a Chinaman, who, on the 21st instant, whilst driving in an old claim at Carngham with eight others was struck with a large block of earth, which fell on him and broke his thigh. A doctor was called in, who advised him to be sent to the Ballarat Hospital. The dray that brought the deceased in, upset at Golden Point. The poor fellow continued in a state of prostration, and died on Wednesday night last. The jury returned a verdict according to the above facts.[9]

Sport[edit | edit source]

  • The hotel was a venue for wrestling matches in January 1868.[10]

Politics[edit | edit source]

  • In February 1869, W. H. Thompson, a candidate in the Ballarat East borough elections, held a meeting at the hotel.[11]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1858 Andrew Morrison successfully asked the court to postpone his license application.[12] It was granted one week later even though the building was not yet completed.[3]
    • Morrison's license was renewed in June 1859, May 1860 and June 1861.[13][14][15]
    • In October 1861 Morrison wrote to the council.[4]
    • In June 1862 Andrew Morrison's license was renewed.[16]
  • In February 1869 the hotel was referred to as Dunstan's Scotchmans' Arms.[11]
  • From at least December 1873 to December 1874 the publican was Jane Dunstan.[17][18]
  • In January 1883 the license was transferred to Thomas Cox.[6]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1859 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72463953
  2. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 12, 1943, Ballarat
  3. 3.0 3.1 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048810
  4. 4.0 4.1 1861 'EASTERN MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 30 October, p. 2. , viewed 20 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66343119
  5. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 April, p. 3. , viewed 19 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112886357
  6. 6.0 6.1 1883 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 5 January, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article254649989
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 8, 1943, Ballarat
  8. 1893 'THE LATE LICENSED HOUSES IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 29 Aug 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209781692
  9. 1859 'Local and General News.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 30 April, p. 3. , viewed 16 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66335487
  10. 1869 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 January, p. 2. , viewed 13 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112882464
  11. 11.0 11.1 1869 'BALLARAT EAST BOROUGH ELECTION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 February, p. 3. , viewed 20 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112883244
  12. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 05 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66048685
  13. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 13 Sep 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66053609
  14. 1860 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 12 Dec 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72466933
  15. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 June, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 02 Oct 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66339704
  16. 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
  17. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 Apr 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201608881
  18. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 26 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208250314


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