Silver King Hotel, Zeehan

1891-93 Andrew Frederick Brown, Silver King Hotel, Zeehan
1893-94 Laure Jensen, Silver King Hotel, Zeehan
1900-02 Eleanor Triffett, Silver King Hotel, Zeehan.

6th February, 1893.
The following applications have been received for Justice’s Certificates approving
of Publichouse Licenses being granted : —
Andrew Frederick Brown, Silver King Hotel, Zeehan
James Holman, Miners’ Arms, Hotel, Dundas
John Henderson, Zealandia Hotel, Dundas
Thomas Unwin, Comstock Hotel, Comstock
Also of liquor being sold at the Federal Hotel under the license held by Richard Camm, of the Railway Hotel, Zeehan.
Dated at Strahan the 17th day of January, 1893
Clerk of Petty Sessions

Advertisement for Silver King Hotel, A.F. Brown proprietor
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 7 October 1892

7th AUGUST, 1893.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following application for a Justice’s Certificate relating to a Public House License has been duly received by me :—
LAURE JENSEN, Silver King Hotel, Zeehan.
Clerk of Petty Sessions.
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 17 July 1893

A BARGAIN - For Sale, SILVER KING HOTEL, Main-street, Zeehan. G.Whiley, Zeehan
Launceston Examiner, 13 Janaury 1894

Mrs Clyde has good accommodation for a few respectable boarders at the old Silver King Hotel, near the Courthouse.
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 19 March 1898

From “Licensing Court”:
Mr A. G. Omant(?) applied on behalf of Mr A T. Anderon for a license for the Hotel Cecile, There was no police objection, and the license was granted.
Mr C. Eaton Brown?on behalf of Mrs E. Triffitt, applied for a license for the Silver King Hotel, Zeehan.
Sub-Inspector Griffith said he had been instructed to strenuously oppose the license, as the house was not required ; there were fifteen or sixteen houses already.
Mr Brown contended that that part of the town was as much entitled to a house as the other portions. There were a number of men working at the Smelters, and Mrs Triffitt had a good many boarders there.
The application was granted.
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 16 May 1900

Licences were granted to-day for two new hotels at Zeehan, the Hotel Cecil, a new brick building at the corner of Main and Wilson streets, and the Silver King Hotel, near the police court.
Mount Lyell Standard, 16 May 1900

A handicap chopping match will be held at the Silver King Hotel, on Saturday next, as per advertisement. Entries close on Wednesday, 21st, at 8 p.m.
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 19 November 1900

From “Zeehan Town Board”:
It was stated that there was a difficulty in ascertaining who was the owner or responsible party for the old Silver King Hotel, which was in a dilapidated condition.
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 15 Noember 1904

Railway Hotel, Zeehan (2)

1898-1901 Lewis Sweet, Railway Hotel, Zeehan


I, LEWIS SWEET, of Dundas, in Tasmania,. Licensed Victualler, hereby give notice that it is my intention to apply at the next quarterly meeting of the Licensing Bench to be holden at Zeehan for a Publichouse License in respect of the House situate near the Railway Sheds, Zeehan, aforesaid, and intended to be known by the sign of ‘The Railway Head,’ and I have in accordance with the Act duly deposited plans of the said Hotel with the Clerk f the Peace at Zeehan.
Dated this 9th day of December, 1897
Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 11 December 1897

Advertisement for Sweet's Railway Hotel, near Railway Station
Daily Telegraph, 7 April 1900

Queen’s Head (1)

Wellington & Elizabeth Streets
(John Ashton, previously associated with the King’s Arms at the same intersection owned land on the NW corner, later the site of George Inn. Presumably these premises are all at the same location)

38-39 John Ashton, Queen’s Head, Wellington & Elizabeth Streets
1839-40 Frederick Myers, Wellington & Elizabeth Streets

Launceston Advertiser, 8 August 1839

At a quarterly meeting of Justices held at Launceston, on Monday, the ?th day of August, the following Transfer of Licence to retail fines and Spirits was allowed :–
Thomas Archer to Charles Grant, “The Plough,” Charles-street, Launceston.
And on Friday, the 9th of August, the following Transfers were approved of.–
John Ashton to Frederick Meyers, ‘”The Queen’s Head,” the comer of Wellington and Elizabeth-streets, Launceston.
Henry Stephens to John Auchey, ‘The Wattle Tree,”‘ the corner of Wellington and Elizabeth-streets, Launceston.
Dated this 12th day of August, 1839.
Clerk of the Peace.
Cornwall Chronicle, 24 August 1839

F. Meyers, Queen’s Head; Major Wentworth objected to a license being granted to Mr. Meyers, on account of his opposition to the police in the execution of their duly upon several occasion— application refused.
Launceston Advertiser, 3 September 1840

Launceston Advertiser, 17 September 1840

Railway Hotel, Lilydale

1884-85 Gottlieb Sulzberger, Railway Hotel, Upper Piper
1885-86 John Crisp, Railway Hotel, Upper Piper
1886-87 George Cunningham, Railway Hotel, Upper Piper (new building)
1887-88 William Henry West, Railway Hotel, Upper Piper
1889-90 William H. West, Railway Hotel, Lilydale
1890-91 Gottlieb Sulzberger, Railway Hotel, Lilydale
1891 Frank J. Somerville, Railway Hotel, Lilydale
1891-92 John William Stevenson, Railway Hotel, Lilydale
1892 Edward Williams, Railway Hotel, Lilydale
1893 Gottlieb Sulzberger, Railway Hotel, Lilydale
1893 David Hamilton Johnston, Railway Hotel, Lilydale

Gottlieb Sulzberger, the enterprising son of German settlers, opened the first licensed hotel in 1884 on his property near the intersection of Lalla and Main Roads . . . The ten-roomed timber Railway Hotel adjoined Sulzberger’s house and post office/ store; however, after the first year it was leased to a licensee. The hotel’s name was possibly chosen because the building was situated within about 150 metres of the railway line under construction through his property, and possibly also suggesting that Sulzberger anticipated trade associated with the railway. No doubt there was considerable custom from railway workers during the construction phase, both for accommodation and for refreshments. After the line opened in 1889, the hotel would not have been especially well located for associated trade as the station was some distance away on the north-western outskirts of the settlement (more than a kilometre via Main and Station Roads, although there may have been a more direct track at the time). At some stage Sulzberg ererected a new Railway Hotel, still on his farm block but near its northern boundary and fronting onto the Main Road. This remained open as licensed premises until 1893. Part of this building is said to survive in the present house, much altered in the 1960’s; split timber boards can be seen on its northern wall.
“Rural Launceston Heritage Study”, Margaret Tassell, 2000, p. 179 (available here)

From “Annual Licensing Meeting”:
Gottlieb Sulzberger, Railway Hotel, Upper Piper. Mr Collins presented a petition with 85 signatures in favor of the house, and numerous letters of recommendation. Mr Armstrong stated that the house was necessary, all the requisite accommodation was provided. If the house was refused it would result in a lot of sly grog-Belling. Mr Miller objected on behalf of some of the inhabitants of the district, but the objection was not allowed, and the license was granted.
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 1884

Advance Tasmania. — In anticipation of the influx of passengers by the railway to Scottsdale, which is not yet commenced, local enterprise has already provided at the Upper Piper a Railway Hotel ; at Turner’s Marsh, in all haste, another house of accommodation, bearing the same name, is being built, and is to be immediately followed by a second new hotel, for fear the first-named should not be equal to the occasion. Who can now dare call us “Sleepy Hollow.”
Daily Telegraph, 14 July 1885

John Crisp pleaded guilty to having on the 23rd ultimo, allowed persons to enter his licensed house, the Railway Hotel, Upper Piper, after 10 p.m., and was fined 10s and costs.

Daily Telegraph, 7 June 1886

George Cunningham applied for a transfer of the house held by J. Crisp at the Railway Hotel, Piper River, and for the license to be transferred to a new house he had erected. Mr. Supt. Armstrong said these was no police objection. Mr. G. T. Collins, in supporting the application, explained that the transfer was a double one, and in addition to the transfer from Crisp to Cunningham, the latter wished to remove to a new house he had erected, which would be more commodious and convenient for the travelling public. The application was granted.

Tasmanian, 7 August 1886

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Farmers’ Arms (2), White Hills

1858-1875 Thos. Hardman, Farmers’ Arms, White Hill

In published licensing lists 1860-1873, but there are mentions from earlier and later in news stories.

CORONER’S INQUEST.-On Thursday Wm. Gunn, Esq., held an inquest at Mr. Thomas Hardman’s, the Farmer’s Arms, White Hills, respecting the death of Ann Steel.
The Courier, 14 June 1858

WE the undersigned landholders and Householders in the Road District of Breadalbane, do hereby convene a meet- ing of the landholders and householders of the above Road District, to be held at Mr. Thomas Hardman’s Inn, White Hills, on Tuesday, the thirty-first day of August,, 1858, at the hour of eleven in the forenoon, for the purpose of electing Trustees, for the purposes of superintending, providing for, and effectuating the construction, repair, and maintenance of the roads in such District, and for carrying out within such District the provisions of the Cross and Bye Roads Act, 1853, tor the ensuing year.
Cornwall Chronicle, 11 August 1858

Cornwall Chronicle, 20 December 1862

WHITE HILLS . PLOUGHING MATCH.–A, meeting, will take place at Hardman’s Farmers’ Arms Inn, on Thursday, 1st of September, at 6, o’clock in the evening. All, persons interested will please attend.
Launceston Examiner, 1 September 1870

From “Supreme Court, Launceston”:
The ATTORNEY-GENERAL opened the case for the Crown, and called the following witnesses : James Hand, labourer, residing at Breadalbane, deposed : Was at Hardman’s public-house on the evening of 29th November last [1875], and saw Walters there between 12 and 1 o’clock. Prisoner called witness an ” Irish Papist Fenian,” and witness then struck him. Prisoner then pulled a knife out of his pocket as witness went out. . . . Thos. Hardman, licensed victualler, White Hills, deposed : Knew both prisoners, and was at home when they were at his house on the 29th November. He saw -lined with a stick in his hand and bleeding. He took the stick from Hand and went to Walters and found the knife produced in his possession. Hand said Walters had stabbed him. The blade of the knife had no blood upon it.’ He dressed the wounds of Batted and had him sent to the hospital.
The Mercury, 8 January 1876

Launceston & Country 1834

John Ashton, King’s Arms, Launceston
Reuben Alexander, Perth Inn, Perth
John Biles, Currency Lad, Launceston
Robert Brand, Edinburgh Castle, Launceston
William Bright, Birmingham Arms, The Springs
Edmund Bartlett, London Tavern, Launceston
Thomas Butcher, Lamb & Flag, Launceston
Geo. Sinclair Brodie, St. Andrew’s Inn, Perth
William Brumby, Crown Inn, Norfolk Plains
William Broad, Fox Hunter’s Return, Campbell Town
Neil Campbell, The Crown, Launceston
Thomas Coul, Jovial Carpenters, Launceston
Thomas Cummings, Black Lion, Launceston
John Connolly, Currency Lass, Launceston
William Collins, Bull’s Head, Launceston
James Corbett, The Globe, Launceston
George Coulson, Friend’s Arms, River Tamar
John Christie, Carrick Inn, Carrick
Samuel Cox, Bird-in-Hand, Norfolk Plains
John Daniels, The Ferry House, Launceston
Thomas Dudley, Rising Sun, Launceston
George Dodery, Green Gate, Sand Hill
William Dibble, Gray’s Arms, Avoca, St. Paul’s Plains
Charles Dry, Hope Inn, Quamby’s
James Earls, Westbury Inn, Westbury
John Fawkner, Cornwall Hotel, Launceston
Wm. Griffiths, Whale Fishery, Launceston
Thomas Gibson, Eagle Inn, Epping Forest
Ann Hardman, Manchester Arms, Launceston
John Backer Harwood, Freemason’s Tavern, Launceston [in progress]
Geo. Hamilton, Tamar Wine and Spirit Vaults, Launceston
Margaret Haims, Waterloo Tavern, George Town
Britton Jones, Sir William Wallace, Magpie Hill
Christian Schooling Kent, Star and Garter, Launceston
Thomas Kelly, Elephant and Castle, Launceston
Mary Lenoy, Cross Keys, Launceston
George Lucas, Plough Inn, Launceston
James Lucas, Robin Hood, Springs
Richard Lawson, Jew’s Harp, Fenton’s Ford
Wm. Milne, Union, Launceston
James M’Clure, Royal Oak, Launceston
Antonio Martini, Sawyer’s Arms, Launceston [draft, not available]
William Mellish, Sailor’s Return, Launceston
Robert Hay Marr, Harrow, King’s Meadows
Thomas Marriott, King’s Arm, Longford
John Powell, Albion Hotel, Longford
John Reece, Half Moon, Launceston
Richard Ruffin, Coach and Horses, Launceston [draft, not available]
George Radford, Golden Lion, Launceston
Wm. Russell, Opossum, White Hills
Wm. Rosevear, Half Way House, River Tamar
Gavin Ralston, Longford Hotel, Longford
Alexander Stewart, Rose and Thistle, Launceston
John Scott, Horse and Jockey, Sand Hill
Isaac Solomon, Hope and Anchor, Launceston
Mungo Somerville, Caledonia, Launceston
William Saddler, Ross Hotel, Ross
David Solomon, Blue Anchor, Campbell Town
Isaac Tibbs, Fox and Hounds, Launceston
Thomas Twining, Help me through the World, Launceston [in progress]
Wm. Thornell, Bald Faced Stag, Epping Forest
Edward Woodward, Gardeners’ Lodge, Launceston [in progress]
Jas. Whitehead, Waggon & Horses, Launceston
R. Waddingham, Traveller’s Rest, Muddy Plains
Richard White, Launceston Hotel, Launceston
John Williatt, King William the Fourth, South Esk River
Prideaux Watson, Caledonian Hotel, Campbell Town
James Yates, Bricklayer’s Arms, Launceston


Young Town Inn

Hobart Road, Youngtown (possibly between & opposite Napoleon & Victoria Sts)

1859 Edward Davies, Young Town Inn, Young Town
1860 William Lloyd Jones, Young Town Inn, Young Town transfer
1862 John Drake, Young Town Inn, Young Town transfer
1863-1867 John Baker, Young Town Inn, Young Town transfer
1868 Joseph Stanley, Young Town Inn, Young Town
1869 Isaac Coote, Young Town Inn, Young Town
1870-77 John Baker, Young Town Inn, Young Town

Photo at Libraries Tasmania “Young Town Inn – Hobart Road”

At the top of Young Town hill still stands the Young Town Inn, which was licensed to John Baker in 1874, and seems to have enjoyed an unsavoury reputation. Baker was keeper at the Sandhi11 toll-gate for a time.
“Highway in Van Diemen’s Land,” George Hawley Stancombe, 1968, p.219

Edward Davies, Young Town Inn, Young Town.
This license was granted on the ground that it was erected at the turn off on the direct road to the White Hills, and would do away with the necessity for travellers to and from the White Hills going about three quarters of a mile out of their way to Franklin Village to obtain refreshment.
Cornwall Chronicle, 3 December 1859

WL. JONES having obtained the transfer of the licence of the Young Town Inn, begs to remind his customers and friends that they will receive every accommodation with civility, that can be rendered.
August 11
Cornwall Chronicle, 15 September 1860.

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Not finding the hotel you want?

Update: to encourage me to finish this (ha) and to improve the coverage, I’m going to make an entry for every public house in Launceston (city and suburbs), with whatever information I have at the moment. Some of these will just be a name and street/suburb. I’ll can then finish them off later. These entries will be marked with **. This is in progress

There’s 130 completed posts on this blog, which means there are 130 hotels that I’ve tracked.
But there’s another 88 in drafts (started but not finished) and probably half that again that I have yet to do anything on, and realistically, I might not get to them as I’m busy with other projects. New projects are shiny and want attention. But… I still like to work on these when I have a reason. So, if you have an interest in an old hotel (your great-grandmother ran it, you’ve driven past it, you’ve heard the name and wondered where it was), drop me a comment below and come back in a few days weeks. (And yes, I’m do sometimes wander out to the nearby towns, although I can’t guarantee I have current photos for all those.)

Hibernia–Verandah Wine Vaults–Jubilee

72-74 Bathurst Street.  Google Maps.
SE cnr Brisbane & Bathurst Streets. Google Maps.

Bathurst and Brisbane St, 2009.

1835 Josiah Pitcher, the Hibernia, Bathurst Street
1836-38 Josiah Pitcher, Hibernia/Hibernian Inn, Launceston
1839-40 Joseph Fossey, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1840-41 Walter Hobson, Hibernia Inn/Hotel, Bathurst Street
1841-42 John Green, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1842-45 William Lewis, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1845 Edward Potts, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1845-46 Thomas Dudley, Verandah Wine Vaults, Bathurst St
1846-47 Michael O’Meara, Hibernia, Bathurst Street
1847-49 Benjamin Walford, The Hibernia, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets**
1849-61 John Green, Hibernia (Inn), Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1862-85 Jane Green, Hibernia Inn/Hibernian Hotel, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1885-86 Alfred Green, Hibernia Inn, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1886-97 George Green, Hibernia Inn, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1897 Francis Green, Hibernia Hotel, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1898 Walter David Johnston, Hibernia Hotel, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1898+ Walter David Johnston, Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane and Bathurst streets
**Change of location

Later Victoria Hotel. Now (2017) Irish Murphy’s. The current Art Deco facade dates from the 1930s. I can’t find any photos prior to this.

Photo 1942 (Jubilee Hotel, as best I can tell.)
Photo 1991


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