Military Arms Hotel

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The Military Arms Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1917-1941>.




  • In June 1911 An interesting discussion arose over the application of Mrs. Harrington, made to Mr. Goldsmith, P.M., for the alteration in the name of the Robin Hood Hotel to that of the Military Arms Hotel. Mr. Goldsmith suggested that it was a good change in view of the increased importance of defence. Mrs. Harrington: Well, we thought that as Robin Hood Hotel it did not have a very good name, and that had better change it. Somebody in court remarked that it was convenient to the Orderly Room, and Mr. Goldsmith was also-informed that the new name was deemed moreappropriate in view of the reputation of the original Robin Hood. The application was granted.[1]


The Military Arms Hotel was in Peel Street, Ballarat.[2]


In 1917 the hotel was issued with a special permit to serve alcohol with meals between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.[3]

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Robin Hood Hotel


  • In Febuary 1929 John Hutchlns licensee of the Military Arms Hotel, was fined £5 for having had men on the premises on Sunday, February 17, and £5 for having failed to have the bar properly locked.[8]
  • In November 1929 the publican was in court:Irene Raybould, licensee of the Military Arms Hotel, was lined £5 for having had the bar open on a Sunday, and £2 for persons having been on the premises on the same day.[6]</ref>
  • In January 1930 Irene Raybould, licensee of the Military Arms Hotel, was fined £2 for disposal of liquor on Sunday, 5th January. A charge of allowing men on the premises was with drawn. Two men found in the hotel were fined £1 each[9]
  • In December 1941 the publican was in court:"George Henley (Military Arms Hotel Peel st) was fined £3 for allowing persons on the premises during prohibited hours."[2]</blockquote>
  • In March 1946 William Rumney, 61. retired barman, living at the Military Arms Hotel, Peel st, Ballarat, was fined £20 in the Ballarat City Court yesterday for betting on the hotel premises on February 16. Senior Constable W. H. Warrington and Constable H. B. Wallace said that they watched Rumney in a room at the hotel taking money and writing in a book bets made on the Caulfield races. "Yes, I have been caught," was Rumney's comment when questioned by the police.[10]
  • The new regulations in the Licensing Act Permitting licensees and lodgers of hotels to entertain guests after normal hours in rooms specifically set aside for the purpose were tested in two cases heard in the Ballarat Court today. In the other case legal argument ensued as to whether the husband of the licensee of the Military Arms Hotel, Mrs. Doris Myra Bryant, was a lodger or not. Mrs. Bryant was charged with disposal of liquor on July 22, and with having persons unlawfully on the premises, and her husband, Charles William Joseph Bryant, wholesale fruiterer, with unlawfully supplying liquor. Mr. Duggan said he considered Bryant to be both an inmate and a lodger and dismissed the charges.[11]


  1. Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929) Sat 3 Jun 1911
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1941 'BALLARAT NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 17 December, p. 2, viewed 4 February, 2014,
  3. 1917 'BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 January, p. 4, viewed 30 January, 2014,
  4. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wed 27 Feb 1929
  5. The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tue 14 Mar 1922
  6. 6.0 6.1 1929 'PROVINCIAL CITIES AND TOWNS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 29 November, p. 16, viewed 8 October, 2015,
  7. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wed 1 Sep 1954
  8. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wed 27 Feb 1929
  9. The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Fri 31 Jan 1930
  10. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wed 20 Mar 1946
  11. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wed 1 Sep 1954

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