Wattle Tree Inn

Bathurst & Elizabeth Streets
(not NE corner)

1837-39 Henry Stephens, Wattle Tree Inn, Bathurst & Elizabeth
1839-40 John Aughey, Wattle Tree Inn, Bathurst & Elizabeth

Mr. Henry Stephens, of the Wattle Tree, appeared to answer an information charging him with having neglected to keep the outer door of his licensed house closed on Sunday last. Mr. Home for the defence, stated to the Bench, that it was not his intention to plead to the information, but objected to give his reason, saying that should he do so, it would only militate against the interests of his client, for the present information would be with drawn, and another laid, in which the informality would of course be rectified. Capt. Wentworth here said, that if Mr. district constable Keenahan would consent, and Mr. Home’s objection prove valid, he would promise that no other information on the present case, should be brought into court. Mr Keenahan consented, and Mr. Home then pointed out, that the summons did not mention any Act of Council which his client was stated to have transgressed. Capt. Wentworth was, however, of opinion, that Mr. Stephens having appeared to it, all defects in the summons was cured, and Mr. Home again denied any appearance, firstly, because he had refused to plead, and secondly, because when the case was called in ‘an early part of the morning, himself and client were both absent, and he, therefore, con tended, that a non-appearance should have been entered. Upon this point, Copt. Wentworth finally arranged to consult the opinion of the Attorney General, and in the mean time suspended the proceedings. The case was then adjourned.
Cornwall Chronicle, 17 February 1838

H. STEPHENS begs leave to inform his Friends and the Inhabitants in general that he has fitted up a room for the above purpose, in which they will find every accommodation and comfort; and they will always find ready, in addition to Tea and Coffee, Meats, Sandwiches, soups, &c., at very moderate charges.
H.S., in soliciting the patronage of the inhabitants of Launceston and his country friends can assure them that every Article provided shall he of the best quality, and he trusts that one trial will ensure him a continuance of their favors.
Dinners, Made Dishes, &c, provided for parties in a superior style at the shortest notice.
N. B.— Good Beds and Stabling.
Launceston, 2nd February, 1839
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 February 1839

AT a MEETING held on the 12th inst., at Mr. H. Stephen’s, ” Wattle Tree Inn,” it was unanimously agreed, that there should be a SUBSCRIPTION BALL held there on TUESDAY, 5th March.
JOHN AUSTIN, } Stewards
Tickets to be had of the Stewards, or at the Bar.
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 March 1839

Mr. Aughie, Wattle Tree. Mr. W. Brigg, deferred to Quarterly Meeting, the applicants being at present insolvent, but on the point of making a composition with his creditors, before which he was not entitled to receive a license.
Launceston Advertiser, 3 September 1840

To respectable men of moderate capital.
TO Let, and possession given in 10 days, that invaluable Licensed House and Premises, corner of Bathurst and Elizabeth-streets, now in full trade, and known as the sign of the Wattle Tree Public House. For further particulars, enquire of Mr. J. Gerard, Cataract Brewery, or Mr. H. Stephens, on the premises.
June 8th, 1839.
Cornwall Chronicle, 20 July 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 [Bathurst] and Elizabeth-streets, Launceston.
Dated this 12th day of August, 1839.
Clerk of the Peace.
Cornwall Chronicle, 24 August 1839

Cornwall Chronicle, 28 September 1839
Launceston Advertiser, 31 March 1842

From an advertisement:
A capital brick house situate at the corner of Elizabeth and Bathurst-street, lately known as the ” Wattle Tree Inn,” together with large allotment of land, these premises are let at the rate of £40 per
Launceston Examiner, 8 December 1847

Currency Lad

Brisbane Street
Bathurst & Frederick Streets

1834 John Biles, Currency Lad, Brisbane Street
1835 John Biles, Currency Lad, Bathurst & Frederick Streets ( Gardener’s Lodge)
1835 Edward Symonds, Bathurst St

Independent, 6 September 1834
Independent, 24 September 1834
Launceston Advertiser, 19 March 1835
Cornwall Chronicle, 30 May 1835

Original building demolished:

Launceston Advertiser, 6 August 1835

The Information and Complaint of John Peers who being sworn saith–I reside in Launceston and carry on business as a Builder in Partnership with Thomas Twinning–About three months ago Thomas Twinning and myself purchased of George Hamilton certain premises in Brisbane Street which were Known as the Currency Lad Public House We shortly afterwards pulled down the House and other premises attached to it, for the Purpose of improvement, and during the Progress of pulling it down, a quantity of Timber, consisting of flooring boards was feloniously stolen.
1 January 1836
(QVMAG MS154 B 18)

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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Star and Garter

Cnr Elizabeth and Bathurst Streets, possibly NE corner.
St John & William Street

1832-34 Christian Schooling Kent, Star and Garter, Elizabeth & Bathurst Streets
1834-35 Christian Schooling Kent, Star and Garter, Wharf/St John Street (formerly Commercial )
Became Ship Inn

Launceston Advertiser, 25 October 1832

On Monday night a robbery was perpetrated at the Star and Garter in-this town, but we have not heard that the thieves took aught save some provisions.
The Independent, 15 June 1833

Independent, 8 February 1834

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Edinburgh Castle — Hill View

Elizabeth Street, near Charles Street
cnr Frederick & Bathurst St

According to George Fuller, the Edinburgh Castle was located just along from the SW corner of Charles and Elizabeth Street, approximately here.

SE cnr Frederick & Bathurst St. Google Maps.

Cnr Frederick & Bathurst Sts, September 2015. (This is Frederick St, the intersection with Bathurst St is on the far right, with the traffic light and white vehicle.)

1831-36 Robert Brand, Edinburgh Castle, Charles Street
1836-39 Henry Reading, Edinburgh Castle, cnr Charles & Elizabeth Streets
1839-40 Richard Chugg, Edinburgh Castle, Elizabeth Street
1840-47 Henry Reading, Elizabeth Street [this site became Good Woman Inn]
1847-49 Henry Reading, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1849-55 James Moriss Martin, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1855-64 Francis Wilson, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1864-66 Mary Ann Wilson, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1866-69 Thomas Woods, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1869-71 Henry A’Beaven, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1871-82 James Murphy, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1882-83 William J. Spearman, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1883-85 John Chalmers, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1885-89 George Digney, Edinburgh Castle, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1887-89 George Digney, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1889 Thomas Maloney, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1889-94 Daniel O’Farrell, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1894-95 Charles Kerslake, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1895 William Bass Thurston, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1895 Thomas Kirkwood, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street
1897 William Douglas Burns, Hill View Hotel, Bathurst & Frederick Street

Launceston Advertiser, 28 September 1831

Cornwall Chronicle, 15 October 1836
Cornwall Chronicle, 15 October 1836

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Centennial Hotel

NW cnr Balfour & Bathurst Streets. Google Maps.

July 2016

1888 John Walsh, Centennial Hotel, Balfour and Bathurst Streets Street
1898+ Ernest Alfred Fawkner, Centennial Hotel, Balfour and Bathurst Streets Street

From “Annual Licensing Meeting”:
The application for the Jolly Butchers had special features. The house had been established for a number of years, and the tenant, Mr. Walsh, wished to purchase it when it was offered for sale by public auction, but the biddings did not reach the reserve, and then Mr. Walsh. proceeded to build the Centennial Hotel on the opposite side of the street and asked for a new license. Mr. E. Byron Miller appeared in support of Mr. Bachfield’s application, which was deferred until that of Mr. Walsh’s was before the bench, when, after deliberation, the application of Mr. Bachfield was refused, for the Jolly Butchers premises, although the proprietor had promised to re-model the premises so as to adapt them to modern requirements.
The Tasmanian, 8 December 1888

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Temperance Coffee House — Cornwall Coffee House

St John Street
Paterson St.  Approximate location on Google Maps.

1839-40 John Stoneham, Temperance Coffee House, St John Street (near church)
1841 John Stoneham, Temperance Coffee House, St John Street (near wharf, formerly George Inn)
1842-45 John Stoneham, Temperance Coffee House, St John Street Paterson Street
1845 George Layton, Cornwall Coffee House1845 George Layton, Paterson St
1845-51 licensed as the White Horse
1852-54 John Thompson, Cornwall Coffee Rooms, Paterson Street

Paterson St, December 2016. The Coffee Rooms adjoined the old Examiner building  (the red, white & yellow building), so on the site of the brick and glass addition.

The leftmost, white building. (71-77 Paterson Street, photo by Lloyd George Webb, 1974, from Tasmanian Archives, LPIC33/3/164
1949 National Hotel on the corner. Coffee Rooms are two doors along, the shortest bilding.
(Cropped from photo in QVMAG collection (QVM:2006:P:0065)

On the left. (Cropped from photo in QVMAG Collection, QVM:2002:P:0014.)

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Lamb and Flag — Bird in Hand (3) — Cornwall Coffee Rooms — Verandah Wine Vaults

SE cnr York and Bathurst Streets. Google maps.

1833 Thomas Butcher, Lamb & Flag, Launceston
1834 Thomas Butcher, Lamb & Flag, York Street
1835 Hector McDonald, Lamb and Flag, Launceston
1836 John Waddle, Lamb and Flag, Bathurst St
1836 John Jordan, Lamb and Flag, Bathurst St
1837 Lamb and Flag, Bathurst & York Streets
1842 Edward Brown, Bird-in-Hand, Bathurst and York Streets
1843 George Bygrave, Cornwall Coffee Rooms, York & Bathurst Street (unlicensed)
1844 Thomas Dudley, Verandah Wine Vaults, Bathurst and York St*
1847-56 William Smart, Lamb and Flag, York and Bathurst Streets
1856 Christina Smart/Marsden, Lamb and Flag York and Bathurst Streets
1856 Abel Blades, Lamb and Flag, York and Bathurst Streets
1860 Abel Blades, Lamb and Flag, Wellington and York streets.
1862-63 John Nunn, Lamb and Flag, Wellington and York streets.
1869-72 (at least) lodging house

*In December 1845, Dudley is advertising his Verandah Wine Vaults as being the former Hibernia Hotel, also in Bathurst St. However the annual licensing list for September 1845 has him at “Bathurst and York” so I am going to assume he changed locations in late 1845, until shown otherwise

Launceston Advertiser, 19 May 1836

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Lord Raglan

Bathurst & Wellington St.

At intersection of Bathurst, Wellington & Frankland Sts. This seems to have been 162-184 Bathurst St in 1892.
Google Maps, approximate location

1859-63 Edward Fiddyment, Lord Raglan, Wellington and Bathurst-streets

Possible photo, 1984

Edward Fiddyment, from Duke of York, Wellington-street, to premises on the opposite side of the street, to be called the Lord Raglan. Mr. Rocher and Mr. A. Douglas appeared to support the application.
Major Welman stated his opinion in favor of the application on the ground that Mr. Fiddyment was a respectable man and that the house occupied by him at present is in a very dilapidated state, where as the one to which it was intended to transfer the license was a new one.
The Chairman questioned whether they had the power to transfer a license from one premises to other.
Mr. Rocher quoted the section of the Act referring to granting of transfers, and submitted that it was at the discretion of the meeting whether they granted a transfer from one house to another.
Mr. Douglas said that if the house was in such a dilapidated state the Justices would in a manner impose a penalty upon the applicant in refusing to grant the transfer and thereby compelling him to get a new licence; he considered that as the laws in this colony were getting more liberal than they were some years ago the section of the act should have a liberal construction put upon it; and in the applicants case nobody could possibly be a sufferer by the transfer but some would be gainers.
The Chairman observed that the application was made out in the form for a license, not for a transfer; and taking the application to be for a new license it was a question whether they could grant a licence to one already holding a licence. After a little further discussion Mr. Douglas said the application should be taken as an original licence and the applicant could then petition the treasury for a remission of the licence fee. A licence was then granted on the understanding that Mr. Fiddyment closes the premises now occupied by him on his removal to the opposite premises.
Launceston Examiner, 8 February 1859

A dreadful row occurred at Fiddyment’s, “Lord Raglan,”on Thursday afternoon, the 26th instant!
Two carters had a quarrel, and went into a paddock on the Cataract Hill-had three rounds in an English manner, then shook hands and made friends. At the time every. thing was quiet, Mr. Sergeant Peters came up and told me that I kept a disorderly house, saying-“Talk about the Cross Keys-this a house is ten times worse.” Now, Mr. Editor, I have been in business these twelve years in h Launceston, since I purchased my discharge from the 96th Regiment, and I think my a character will bear investigation; and perhaps, Mr. Editor, Sergeant. Peters will inform us what brought him in Victoria-street, at the back of my house, on Sunday morning last, a dressed in private clothes, and another gentle man with him, who is living in a house occupied by a person who owes me twenty-five shillings for rent.
Mr. Editor, I have always appreciated the conduct of Mr. Peters, even when he was stationed on the Sand Hill. He puts me in mind a of a gentleman who used to sit on the fence opposite Mr. John Carter’s, to prevent the waggoners and people going into the: house, and as I do not wish to have the same game carried on with me I make these matters public. Query ? Sure it couldn’t be the fire bell was looking after, which has lately escaped from the watch-house up to the Sand Hill ? Should he require to have a ring at it in case I of danger, he can be obliged on application. Sir. Editor, I contribute towards the police–including the house I live in and other property–the amount of nearly 100l per year, and I do not see that I should be humbugged by Mr. Sergeant Peters.
Begging you will be so kind as to insert this in your very valuable journal, you will greatly oblige

Sir, your most obedient servant,
May 27.
Launceston Examiner 2 June 1859

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