Thomas Whatley

From Hotels of Ballarat
Thomas Whatley
Occupation Publican
Years active 1856-1863
Known for Market Square Hotel
Carriers' Arms
Home town Ballarat

Thomas Whatley was a publican in Ballarat, 1856-1863>

History[edit | edit source]

Whately was a successful miner and was able to bring his parents and grandparents to Australia. His first hotel was the Market Square Hotel opened in 1856. His business partner in the hotel, James Byles, took off with the money and left Whateley with debts.[1]

Whately held the license for the Market Square Hotel in Doveton Street, Ballarat. He had a dubious reputation with the police and the Licensing Court, as on several occasions his application were struck out, or his license terminated.

In June 1857, Thomas Wately's application for a license for the hotel was struck out when he failed to appear at the license hearing:

Thomas Watley, Market-square Hotel, Township. Mr Randall supported the application, and asked for an adjournment for a week, in consequence of the absence of the applicant. He could give no explanation, of the cause of his absence. Struck out.[2]

Whatley was granted a license for the hotel in January 1858.[3] It was renewed in June 1858.[4]

In June 1862 Whatley was refused a license.[5]

In June 1863 Whatley's license was cancelled in June 1863 after complaints by the police:

"Thomas Whatley, Market Square Hotel, Market Square. Inspector Kabat had objection to the applicant's character, not to the house. The applicant had obstructed the police in the execution of duty, and harbored bad characters. The applicant replied that he could clear his character, and provide sureties. Inspector Kabat thought it impossible. The applicant's daughter had denied to a constable who went to take him into custody, the presence in the house of a man who had stolen certain property in Ballarat, the girl knowing at the time the man was in the house, and it having been subsequently proved that he had been there at the time. The applicant denied the fact. Inspector Kabat said the thing was undeniable. Addressing the Bench - He did not wish to take away a man's bread, but he was bound to report such proceedings, and oppose the granting of the license. The police magistrate announced to the applicant that the Bench had resolved upon refusing to grant his application.[6]

The hotel was later renamed as the Carriers' Arms, was still owned by the descendants of Thomas Whateley, when it closed in 1968.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2019, Cluff, Caleb, 'This Ballarat hotel is all that remains of a once-booming area of industry', Ballarat Courier, 11 February 2019,
  2. 1857 'GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 June, p. 2. , viewed 13 Aug 2017,
  3. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 2. , viewed 13 Aug 2017,
  4. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 2. , viewed 08 Aug 2019,
  5. 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 18 June, p. 2, viewed 12 February, 2014,
  6. 1863 'BALLARAT WEST PUBLICANS' ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 June, p. 4, viewed 10 February, 2014,

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