Hotel:Carters Arms Hotel
31 Gold Street
Carters Arms Hotel (1872 - 1914)
Individually significant within HO 321
Kearney 1855: N ; Hodgkinson 1858: N ; MMBW: Detail Plan 1237, 1900
Mary O'Brien was the licensee in the 1890s and featured in the newspaper in relation to items ranging from a Sunday trading fine, to paying damages for injuries caused to a little girl who was bitten by her dog while playing in the street, to being the victim of theft of money from the bar.
In the twentieth century larrikins were making life difficult for local people:
The 'push' element is making its undesirable presence felt again in Collingwood. On Saturday evening at 11 pm, seven men entered the bar of the Carter's Arms... drinks for the party being called for. These were served but it soon became apparent that the men were on mischief bent. An attempt was made to rush the bar-parlour, but Mrs George Raiswell wife of the licensee promptly... locked the door. It was fortunate that she did so, for a moment later a soda bottle whizzed through the glass panel of another door and struck the door which Mrs Raiswell had just closed. A second crash was heard - this time windows in the billiard room being smashed. The cry of 'Police' was raised and the unwelcome visitors made off. Proceeding towards Johnston Street, some of the men tore pickets off the fences surrounding two houses and one was hurled through a plate glass window. The next scene of action was in the vicinity of the Engineers Arms in Johnston Street... Police arrived and took a hand in quelling the disturbance, which was witnessed by a crowd composed of several hundreds... Residents of Gold Street complain that their slumbers are disturbed, more especially on Saturday nights after the hotels are closed by 'pushes' the members of which sing ribald songs, make use of vile language and misconduct themselves generally.
( The Argus, 3 February 1914, p. 8)