On the application of Joseph W. Bossward for a licence for the Royal Oak Hotel, Brisbane and Tamar streets, being read, the Mayor said the arrangement of the rooms of the house was not at all what they should be, and a renewal was granted conditionally on certain improvements being made.
The application of Wm. Bassett for a renewal of the license for the Bath Arms was granted on the condition that three rooms be added to the house as suggested by the Mayor.
On Wm. Doodie’s application being read for a license for the Salmon and Ball Hotel, Charles and William streets, the Mayor said the house was very imperfectly furnished, and the license was granted on the understanding that proper furniture should be procured for the bedrooms.
Wm. Laing applied for a renewal of tile license of the Crown Inn, Bathurst and Elizabeth streets. Mr. Coulter said that no improvement had been made in this house since the last annual meeting, although the license was then granted conditionally on certain improvements being made. He did not see how it was possible to make the house fit for a hotel. Mr. Grubb then moved that the license be not granted, stating that although he was part owner of the house, he would be pleased to see it swept away. Mr. G. T. Collins appeared for the applicant, and addressed the Bench on his behalf. Mr. Hudson said if the wishes of the Bench at the last licensing meeting had not been carried out, and the necessary improvements made, their duty was quite clear. The question was then put to the vote, and the application refused.
The application of James Denton for a license for the All the Year Round Hotel, Wellington street, was granted, Mr. Den tonbeing informed that if the premises were not improved meantime the license would be refused at the next meeting.
On Charles Manser’s application for the Marine Hotel, Charles-street being received, Mr. Coulter said the house needed repairing, and the license was then granted, Mr. Whitefoord stating that the license would be refused next meeting unless the necessary improvements were carried out.
John Maloney applied for a renewal of the license for the George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets. The Mayor said there was still room for improvement in this hotel. Mr. Carter said he must oppose the granting of the license; he had seen women drunk there on two occasions, and the house was a disgrace to the town. Mr. Grubb also opposed the application, stating that the place was a mere rattle-trap. Mr. Coulter said the house was one of the very lowest in the town. Mr. Maloney presented a petition from the landlord of the house saying it would be put in good order if licensed. He also presented a petition from a number of persons living in the locality stating the house had been well conducted. Mr. Just said he would vote for the license being granted, as he considered it was necessary to provide accommodation for the sort of people who frequented this house. If they could not get the accommodation they sought in their own locality they would only go to more respectable quarters and pollute them with their presence. Mr. Coulter pointed out that low public-houses had already been closed in that neighbourhood. The question was then put to the vote, and the license was granted.
Thos. Wadham applied for a renewal of the license for the Plough Inn, Charles and Patterson streets. Mr. Coulter said the house was altogether unsuitable for the locality it was in. Mr. G. T. Collins appeared for the applicant, and pointed out that the house was one of the best conducted in town, and had been kept as a public.-house by Mr. Wadham for very many years. He thought if the house fulfilled the requirements of the act that was sufficient. Mr. Carter considered that the Magistrates exceeded their power when they stated what sort of house should exist in particular neighbourhoods. All they had to consider was the question whether the house was in accordance with the requirements of the act. The Mayor said the house was in a very delapidated condition, and sadly needed repairing. Mr. Just spoke highly of the manner in which Mr. Wadham conducted his house, and considered the refusal of the application would be a great injustice to a very old publican. Mr. Meredith also spoke in favour of tile license being granted. The question was then put and the application was granted.
Mr. John Edwards applied for a license for his newly erected house at the corner of George and Cimitiere streets. Mr. G. T. Collins appeared in support of the application. Mr. Coulter said this was the style of house that was wanted in the town, it being all that could be required. The license was then granted without dissent.
Mr. John White applied for a license for the Shamrock Hotel, Elizabeth-street. Mr. Coulter opposed the application, saying the house was not required, and the license had been refused last year. Mr. Collins addressed the Bench on behalf of the applicant, stating that as the license of the Crown Inn had just been refused, it would not be adding to the number of public-houses if this was granted. He also presented a petition from persons residing in the locality in favour of the granting of the license. Mr. J. Powell appeared on behalf of residents in the neighbourhood who petitioned that the license he refused, they all being employers of labour, and considered their businesses would suffer if another public-house were licensed in that street. Mr. Coulter said that since this house had been closed the moral tone of the neighbourhood had improved in everyway, and if it were reopened they might expect a return of the old state of things. The application was then refused.
Frank Watts applied for a license for the York Hotel, York street, which was granted.
Mary Ann Waldron applied for a license for the Albion Hotel, George and York streets. The Mayor said the house was in a very bad state, especially the inside. The applicant said she was the owner of the house, and would thoroughly repair it. The license was granted on these conditions.
Examiner, 2 December 1882