Stephen Brabner

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Stephen K. Brabner
Born c.1835
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died 20 March 1890
Occupation Publican
Years active 1873-1890
Known for Fire Brigade Hotel
Victoria United Hotel
Liverpool Arms
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Catherine O'Neill
Children Samuel Henry Brabner (1871-1942)

Stephen Knowles Brabner was a publican in Ballarat, <1873-1890.

History[edit | edit source]

Stephen Knowles Brabner was born in Liverpool, England in 1835.[1]

He married Catherine O'Neill (b.1831), from Limerick, Ireland, in Victoria in 1865.[1][2]

His son, Samuel Henry Brabner, was born in Ballarat East in 1871.[1]

In December 1873 and 1875 he was granted the license for the Fire Brigade Hotel in Sturt Street, Ballarat.[3][4]

In October 1878 he was at the Victoria United Hotel:

The Victoria hotel, Victoria street, was also entered, but the noise of a falling window aroused the landlord, Mr.Brabner, and on his getting up and shouting out “Who’s there?” the burglars got out of the window and ran off.[5]

In 1883 he was on the committee of the Ballarat Licensed Victuallers' Association.[6]

In December 1887 Brabner had his license renewed for the Victoria United Hotel in Victoria Street.[7]

The hotel's license was reviewed in June 1888:

Victoria United hotel— S. K. Brabner, licensee and owner. A two-story wooden building, 12 rooms; fairly furnished, and fairly well conducted; let about 20 beds per week...Stephen Knowles Brabner, licensee of the Victoria United hotel, had been 23 years in the trade. He did a general all-round business. Had three boarders, and generally had a few casuals for beds and meals. Edwin Chamberlain, produce merchant, gave evidence in support.[8]

After 1888 the hotel was renamed. Brabner held the license for the renamed Liverpool Arms in Victoria Street, Ballarat East.[9]

He died in Ballarat on 20 March 1890[1]:

BRABNER. —On 20th March, at his residence, Victoria street, Ballarat East, Stephen K. Brabner, aged 55 years. Passed peacefully away.[10]

He was buried in the Ballarat Cemetery:

BALLARAT LICENSED VICTUALLERS’ ASSOCIATION MEMBERS of the above association are respectfully invited to follow the remains of their late respected committeeman, Mr S. K. BRABNER, to their last resting place, the Ballarat New Cemetery. The funeral will move from his late residence, the Liverpool Arms Hotel, Victoria street, on Saturday, 22nd inst, at 11 o’clock. J. A. BLIGHT, Sec.[9]

His wife, Catherine, died on 3 October 1913:

Many were the expressions of sympathy extended to Mr Samuel Brabner, when it became known that his mother, Mrs Catherine Brabner, relict of the late Mr Stephen Brabner, well known in Ballarat many years ago as licensee of the City Brigade and Victoria United hotels, had died. The deceased lady had been in failing health for some time and passed away unexpectedly about 4 o’clock on Friday morning, at her residence, the Illabarook hotel, at the age of 82 years. Her remains were removed from her residence to Ballarat, and thence to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Mass will be celebrated this morning, for the repose of her soul. The funeral is timed to leave the Cathedral at 2 o’clock, for the Ballarat Old Cemetery.[11]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brabner, Stephen Knowles, Family Tree,,
  2. Ballarat Old Cemetery grave inscription
  3. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 December, p. 4. , viewed 07 Nov 2018,
  4. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 19 Aug 2022,
  5. 1878 'NEWS AND NOTES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 October, p. 2. , viewed 27 Dec 2019,
  6. 1883 'BALLARAT DISTRICT LICENSED VICTUALLERS ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 December, p. 4. , viewed 21 Mar 2018,
  7. 1887 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 December, p. 2. , viewed 16 Sep 2016,
  8. 1888 'VICTORIA STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2018,
  9. 9.0 9.1 1890 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 March, p. 3. , viewed 22 Dec 2018,
  10. 1890 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 March, p. 2. , viewed 22 Dec 2018,
  11. 1913 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 October, p. 4. , viewed 06 Aug 2021,

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