Babes in the Wood

(Elizabeth between Bathurst & Wellington?)
York & Wellington Streets

1837-38 George Williams, Babes in the Wood
1838 Thomas Garrard, Babes in the Wood, York & Wellington Streets

George Williams, of the Babes in the Wood, appeared to answer the complaint of District Constable Peel, for harbouring Christiana Johnson, a prisoner in the service of Mr. Lang. Constable Allsworth deposed, that on Sunday the 18th inst., about halfpast 11 at night, he was on duly with constable Warby, in Elizabeth-street, and hearing a noise in Mr. William’s house, they demanded and obtained admittance; they found the woman Johnson in a back room, where there were two or three men ; on asking her who she was, she at once admitted she was a prisoner, when they took her into custody ; did not hear Mr. Williams accuse her of having represented herself to him as a free woman ; Johnson did not say to deponent, “you know me Johnny. — I have done it.— You have no business with me.”

Constable Warby sworn— accompanied the last Witness on the occasion referred to ; remembers the woman said, addressing herself to him, — “You have no business with me, Johnny, you know I have done it.” The woman was now called in and examined, she corroborated the evidence of Allsworth, and denied using the words imputed to her by Warby, but, two free men named Jones and Welsh contradicted her statement on oath, and maintained that she did ; they represented themselves to be lodgers in the house of Mr. Williams, and recollected their landlady asking the woman when she first came to the house in company with a man, whether she was free, when she replied she was ; they remembered also the words of the woman. Williams offered to call further evidence, but the Bench decided that it was his duty to have insisted on seeing her certificate when the woman said she had done it, and sentenced him to pay a fine of £2 and costs.

It is perfectly clear that constable Allsworth perjured himself in this case, and the Magistrates will do well to be careful how they receive his evidence in future.— ED.
Cornwall Chronicle, 31 March 1838

Hobart Town Courier, 24 May 1839

This might be relevant:

An information against Thomas Garrard, publican, was withdrawn, being informal
Cornwall Chronicle, 25 May 1839

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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Kangaroo–Prince of Wales–Dolphin Inn–Courthouse Hotel

SE cnr Paterson & Wellington Streets. Google Maps.


Photo, 1940s

Previously in Wellington Street
1842 John Hinshaw, Kangaroo, Paterson & Wellington Streets
1843-45 John Hinshaw, Prince of Wales, Paterson & Wellington Streets
1846 John Hinshaw, Prince of Wales, York & Wellington Streets –> continued under Prince of Wales
1846-54 William Brigg, Dolphin, Wellington & Paterson Streets –> previously in Wellington Street
1855-59 Thomas Butterworth, Dolphin Inn, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1859 Mary Butterworth, Dolphin Inn, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1860-80 Mary Butterworth, Courthouse Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1880-84 David Powell, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1885 Joseph Stanley, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1886 Richard Symmons,Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1887 Robert Barrett Armstrong, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1890-91 Michael Donald, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1892 James Irvine, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1893 John Thompson, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1894 Elizabeth Wilson, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1894 Rebecca Davis, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets
1895+ Frances Mary Powell, Court House Hotel, Patterson & Wellington Streets

Launceston Advertiser, 28 April 1842
Launceston Advertiser, 28 April 1842

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Dolphin Inn

Wellington Street

1845 William Brigg, Dolphin, Wellington Street
Continued Paterson & Wellington Streets.

Launceston Advertiser, 9 May 1845

Cornwall Chronicle, 10 May 1845
Cornwall Chronicle

ROBBERIES. — On Sunday morning between the hours of one and three o’clock, the house of Mr. Brigg, ‘Dolphin’, Wellington-street, was robbed of a keg of brandy, by some thieves having gained an entrance to the bar of the shop by cutting a pane of glass and withdrawing the bolt of the window. The offenders have not been discovered.
Launceston Advertiser, 23 May 1845

Attempt at Robbery. — On Friday night, some villains made another attack on the premises of Mr. Brigg, at the “Dolphin,” in Wellington-street, being the second or third attempt within a few weeks. Having opened a shutter from the outside, they were obstructed by a Venetian blind, which being made fast to the window, effectually hindered their further progress without the chance of detection. The inmates being aroused by the noise, search was commenced, but the vagabonds made good their retreat.
Cornwall Chronicle, 1 October 1845

(At new location.)
William Brigg, Dolphin, Wellington and Patterson-streets. The Police Magistrate stated that there was a suspicion against this house of Sunday trading. The house was clean below, but tile bed-rooms were mostly unfurnished. Mr. Gunn stated that he should oppose any house that was kept merely as a taproom, as such a house could not be said to be kept for the accommodation of the public. Mr. Sams observed that applicant had only lately moved from a smaller house, and he did not think sufficient time had been given to him to get the house in proper order. The Police Magistrate thought it advisable to refuse the license now, at the same time granting permission to applicant to apply again at the next quarterly meeting. After some further discussion, the license was granted, upon an offer from Mr. Lilly to see it properly furnished.
Launceston Advertiser, 3 September 1846
(Longer version of above events in the Examiner )


Wellington Street. Google Maps.
Moved to nearby corner of Paterson Street c.1842

Photo, early 20th century
3D model, with some history of the building

1835-36 Thomas Twining, Kangaroo, Wellington Street
18337-8 John Hinshaw, Kangaroo, Wellington Street
1839 John Hinshaw, Kangaroo, Wellington Street
1840-41 John Hinshaw, Kangaroo, ?
1842 John Hinshaw, Kangaroo, Paterson & Wellington Streets
Continued cnr Paterson & Wellington Streets

Photos 2016:

Launceston Advertiser, 15 October 1835
Launceston Advertiser, 15 October 1835

Cornwall Chronicle, 26 November 1836
Cornwall Chronicle, 26 November 1836

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Hope & Anchor (2)

Wellington Street, west side between Brisbane and York Streets. Google Maps.
Also known as the Anchor & Hope
Later Coffee Rooms.

Wellington St, 1880s, possibly the building two to the left from the church.

1840 James Jacks, Anchor and Hope, Wellington Street
1841 James McLaughlan, Anchor & Hope, Wellington Street
1844-46 William Morriss
1846 Refused

Cornwall Chronicle, 18 November 1840
Cornwall Chronicle, 18 November 1840

Extract from “Supreme Court, Civil Issues: Suisted vs Gerrard”
Mr. James Jacks.— In the month of September last, Mr. Gerrad was indebted to me £22 for fitting up a bar; he paid me a cheque for £10, and said Mr. Suited and himself would arrange the rest; Mr. Suited paid me the balance, £12,’ and this is his receipt.
Cross-examined. — I am a shipwright and publican ; plaintiff is my landlord ; I took the house from the 30th September ; the bar I built myself at the house belonging to plaintiff; I have had spirits from M’Killop & Anderson as well as plaintiff; I pay £100 a-year from year to ; year; shortly after the work was done Mr. Gerrard paid me. £10 ; Mr. Gerrard, I believe, is proprietor of the house I took from plaintiff; I happened to be at tea one night at plaintiff’s, when he asked me to take the house; I should say the £10 was not all Gerrard was to pay towards the improvements; I heard him say to Suisted, that if the house was taken, the bar should be completed at his expense ; I asked him for the , £10 in advance; he made no objection, but said he and Mr. S. would arrange about the balance : I entered into arrangements for building the bar with Mr. C, and gave him an estimate ; he said it was too much ; I think I lie liar was finished a fortnight after I received the cheque ; Mr. S. paid me the balance.

Cornwall Chronicle, 6 January 1841

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Woolpack Inn

Cnr Brisbane & Bathurst Sts
Wellington Street

1844 Robert Pearson, Woolpack Inn, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1845 Robert Pearson, Woolpack, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1846 Robert Pearson, Woolpack, Wellington Road/Sandhill

Launceston Advertiser, 16 November 1844

Robert Pearson, Wool Pack Inn, Sand-Hill.- Mr. Bartley objected on account of the house being dirty and ill-furnished; also applicant living in a state of adultery.-Unanimously refused.
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 September 1846

Elephant & Castle — Currency Lass

SE cnr Wellington and Frederick streets, Google Maps.
Established c1833. Later Orient Hotel.

The first mention of the Elephant and Castle places it in Brisbane Street, but by 1833 it is in Wellington St. Connolly also had a licence for the Currency Lass in Brisbane St (1834-1835), prior to that being transferred to the Wellington St premises, so that might have been the same place as the 1830s Elephant & Castle.

Photo, as the Orient Hotel

April 2016

1830 John Conolly, Elephant & Castle, Brisbane-st
1832 John Conolly, Wellington Street
1833-35 Thomas Kelly, Elephant and Castle,Wellington Street
1836 John Connolly, Currency Lass, Wellington & Frederick Streets
1836-38 Philip Best, Currency Lass, Wellington & Frederick Streets
1839-46 William Mason, Elephant and Castle, Wellington & Frederick Streets 1840
1846-50 William Carpenter, Elephant and Castle, Wellington street. 1850
1851-61 William Mason, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets 1860
1862-1889 William Atkinson, Elephant and Castle, Wellington and Frederick streets 1870
1890-92 Mary Atkinson, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets
1893 Lewis Young, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets
1893 Oscar Bottcher, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets
1985-96 Robert Earl, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets
1896 William John Atkinson, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets
1896-1901 Henry Hay, Elephant and Castle, Frederick and Wellington streets
1902 Henry Hay, Orient Hotel, Frederick and Wellington streets

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Black Swan

SE cnr Brisbane & Wellington Streets. Google Maps, approximate location.
Demolished 1894

SE cnr Brisbane & Wellington Streets. (2015)

1826 George Burgess, Black Swan, Launceston
1827 George Burgess, Black Swan, Launceston
?-1831 Thomas Caryl, Black Swan (College Arms?), Launceston*
1831-33 Neil Campbell, Black Swan, Brisbane Street
1834 Adam Moore
1835-37 George Archer, Black Swan
1838 William Mason, Black Swan
1839 Thomas Dudley, Black Swan Wine Vaults, Brisbane & Wellington Streets
1840-42 Thomas Dudley, Black Swan, Wellington St/Brisbane St
1843-45 James Childs, Black Swan, Brisbane and Wellington streets
1846 License refused
Became Wilmot Arms

*1830 Thomas Caryl is listed as being granted a licence for the College Arms.

Photo of Wellington St, with Brisbane St intersection on the very right. The light coloured building on that corner is the Wilmot Arms (name is along the top), which is a facade around the older Black Swan. (Alternate link.)

From a lecture by Mr E. Whitfield. 1897:
In 1820 came the first public house, “The Black Swan,” kept by G. Burgess, corner of Brisbane and Wellington streets. Then came in 1823 the Launceston, the Plough Inn, kept by W. Field, where Hart and Sons are now, and the Hope and Anchor, kept by Nat. Lucas. The Launceston Hotel ,was built by Richard White, familiarly known as “Dicky White.”
Launceston Examiner, 6 February 1897

Extracts from Examiner story, “Colourful Old Hostelries”:
The first hotel in Launceston was the Black Swan, built in 1820, and kept by G. Burgess, an old whaler. It stood on the corner of Brisbane and Wellington streets and was after wards known as the Wilmot Arms before it was pulled down.

In Brisbane St. where the Enfleld (now McClymont’s), Cleary’s (now Tuck’s shop), Wilmot Arms (now a motor garage), Noah’s Ark (at corner of Margaret St.), Glenfield House, Barber’s Hotel (now Routley’s and the adjoining bank) and the Fire Brigade (now the Imperial).
Examiner, 12 March 1946

Colonial Times, 13 July 1827
Colonial Times, 13 July 1827

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