George Inn (2)

NW cnr Wellington & Elizabeth Streets. Google Maps.

(Note:Sometimes referred to as George and Dragon, not to be confused with George and Dragon in Charles Street which was also licensed in the early 1840s)

Might have been previously licensed as Queen’s Head and King’s Arms

The George Inn was previously in St John Street. I’m not sure when it moved. At the annual licensing meeting in
1839 it is in St John Street. In 1840 no location is given. On 6 February 1841 (see first advertisement below) is in Wellington St

1840 John Gardiner Thomas, George Inn, Launceston
1841-46 John Gardiner Thomas, George Inn*, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1846 Esther Thomas, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1847-48 Thomas Fuller, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1849 Thomas Fuller, St. George, Elizabeth and Wellington-streets
1850-54 Thomas Fuller, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1855 George Summers, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1856-58 James Hulton, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth-streets,
1858-60 Eliza Hulton, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1860 Charles Fuller, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1861-1870 Patrick Rice, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1871-74 Mary Rice, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1874-77 Samuel Carey, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1877 James O’Keefe, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1877-84 John Maloney, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1885-87 John Maloney, Rose of Australia, Wellington and Elizabeth streets
1887-95 Vincent Warrington, Rose of Australia, Wellington & Elizabeth Streets
1896 Dawson, Alexander, Rose of Australia, Wellington and Elizabeth streets.
1897-99 Alexander Dawson British Hotel, Wellington and Elizabeth streets.

*In 1843 and 1845 licensing lists in the newspaper have this as Queen’s Head. In 1884, it appears as both George Inn and Queen’s Head

5 March 2016
5 March 2016

Ginger Beer.
Any person requiring Ginger Beer for the Races, can he supplied in any
quantity they may want, by applying to the undersigned.
J. G. Thomas, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth-streets.

Cornwall Chronicle, 6 February 1841

Cornwall Chronicle,6 November 1841

Cornwall Chronicle, 15 August 1846

Launceston Examiner, 6 October 1855

From “Local Intelligence”:
The George Inn from Thomas Fuller to George Summers. The Police Magistrate opposed this transfer on account of the unsteadiness of the applicant, but on hearing Mr. Douglas, who appeared for Mr. Summers, it was approved.
Cornwall Chronicle, 7 November 1855

On Friday, 25th instant, George Summers, of the “George and Dragon,” aged 38 years. The funeral will leave his late residence on Sunday afternoon, at 3 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend.
Cornwall Chronicle, 26 January 1856

Permission was given to – Hulton, to carry on the business of the George Inn, corner of Wellington and Elizabeth-street, under the license held by the late George Summers, and since his death by his wife.
Launceston Examiner, 6 May 1856

From “Transfers Confirmed”:
James Hulton, George Inn, corner of Wellington and Elizabeth-streets, from
Thomas Fuller. The Police Magistrate made an observation respecting the habits
of the applicant.
Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1856

Death of James Hulton, 24 November 1858

TO BE SOLD.-The Interest of the present tenant In the George Inn, Wellington street, Launceston. The house is well furnished, and doing a first rate business. For
particulars apply to Mesrs. Douglas & Dawes. March 15.
Launceston Examiner, 26 March 1859

Eliza Hulton, George Inn, Wellington and Elizabeth Streets. In this case the Chairman read a minute made by the Mayor, as Acting Police Magistrate, recording that Mrs Hulton had stated, when examined with reference to a robbery which had occurred at her house, that she did not consider it her duty to give the police information respecting it.
Mr O’Connor, Superintendent of Police, related the particulars of the case, and said that Mrs Hulton stated before the Bench at the Police Office, when giving her evidence, that she did not consider it her duty to give in- formation to the police of a robbery committed in her house, the George Inn being situ- ated in a low neighbourhood, was frequented by the lowest class in town, but although Mrs Hulton had been laboring under difficulties in the management of her house since the death of her husband, she had not been convicted of Sunday trading or any breach of the Licensing Act.
The Bench refused the application on the ground of character, but at a later stage of the proceedings, on the application of Mr Rocher, who represented the hardship of the case, which deprived a widow burthened with a large family of her only means of support, although her late husband had paid £1000 to get into the business, — the Bench by vote agreed to re-consider the application, and then granted it.
Cornwall Chronicle, 3 December 1859

Part of a longer advertisement, Launceston Examiner, 25 March 1860

The Goodwilll and Fixtures of the well-known House called the “George Inn,” situate corner of Elizabeth and Wellington Streets, now in full trade. The furniture to be taken at a valuation, and possession can be given next Transfer Day. License paid.
For further particulars, apply on the premises to
Cornwall Chronicle,12 January 1861

Death of Patrick Rice, 17 December 1870

Mary Rice applied for a certificate of perm ssion to sell under the licence held by her to husband, Patrick Rice, in respect of the house situate at the corner of Wellington and Elizabeth streets, and known as the “George Inn.” Granted.
Launceston Examiner, 7 February 1871

Marriage Mary Rice to Samuel Carey, 13 January 1874

Samuel Carey applied for a transfer of licence of the “George Inn,” Wellington and Elizabeth-streets, from Mary Rice.
Mr Carey was not present, but
Dr. Miller said he know the circumstances, the applicant had married Mary Rice.
The Chairman remarked that they could not do wrong in transferring the licence to the husband.
Transfer granted.
Launceston Examiner, 5 May 1874

The George Inn.–At the Police Court yesterday. Messrs J J. Hudson and Henry Dowling, Justices of the Peace granted permission to Mr James O’Keefe to sell liquors at the Inn, Wellington street, under the license granted to Mr Samuel Carey, until the next quarterly licensing meeting, when a transfer of the license will be applied for.
Cornwall Chronicle, 19 January 1877

From “The Late Sudden Death”:
The adjourned inquest touching the death John Conway, of Evandale, who after coming to town to sell cattle had spent the proceeds at the George Inn, and then went to Patrick Hayes’s lodging house, where he died in a few hours, was resumed on Tuesday morning at the Police Court at 11 o’clock, before Thos. Mason Esq., Coroner, and the jury of which Mr Lewis was was foreman.
Samuel Carey proved that he lately relinquished the tenancy of the George Inn, but remained there to carry on the business until the new tenant came to town. Witness first saw John Conway, who arrived with his wife, on the 21st February,
Weekly Examiner, 17 March 1877

Permission to Sell.—John Maloney was granted permission to continue to sell liquors at the George Inn, corner of Wellington and Elizabeth-streets, under the license held by James O’Keefe, until the next Quarterly Licensing Meeting.
Weekly Examiner, 11 August 1877

Mr Smith read the following memorial’ addressed to the chairman and justices of the Launceston Licensing Bench : —
“Gentlemen, — We, the undersigned inhabitants of Wellington and Elizabeth streets, respectfully bog to bring under your notice and consideration the very disreputable way in which the licensed houses at the corner of Elizabeth and Wellington streets, known by the signs of the Black Horse and George Inn, are conducted.
“The congregation at those houses of all the worst characters of the town, male and female, at all hours of the day and night, tend to nearly destroy all trade around their neighborhoods, besides which from a moral point of view, these houses should. not be licensed.
“No children or respectable females can pass by the corners where these house are situated.
“Scenes of the vilest description, language of the most obscene kind, are constantly to be seen and heard as you pass by these places, and although they may be at times watched by the police and kept in cheek, yet it is utterly impossible for the small staff of police in this town to be constantly watching these particular localities.
“We therefore respectfully submit to your Worships that these houses, from their being nothing more than places of disrepute, and without any accommodation for the general public, may not be again licensed (Signed) — Wm. Stewart, Wm. Boyd, John Wm. Pease, H. J. Mitchell. Charlotte Betts, Charles Jowett, Chas. Galvin, Anthony Hart, James Tevelein, Thos. Boyd, J. Williams.”
M r Coulter said that the houses were objectionable, as the frequenters of them loitered about on the pathways and entrapped many persons coming in from the country. It would be a benefit to the neighborhood to have the licenses refused.
The Chairman said there must be a low class of houses for persons of a low class.
Mr Coulter said these houses were rallying points for a very low class, and the evil was more felt now that those having property near them were endeavoring to improve the neighborhood by building a better class of house than any. previously in Elizabeth street.
Mr Webster inquired whether there had been any convictions against the holders of these licenses.
Mr Coulter said there had not, there were only general complaints of the houses having been badly conducted. The police on duty passed that way, but as soon as they had passed the disreputable characters re-appeared.
Mr Dowling said it appeared the evil was not so much the bad conduct in the houses as that of the disreputable characters congregating on the footpaths beside those houses.
Mr Hawkes said on coming into town he always noticed a number of disreputable characters congregated there.
The Chairman said that with so small a staff of police, it was difficult to remedy the evil, and impossible to detect and: punish all cases of disorderly conduct.
Mr Webster said the difficulty was that there were two of those houses near each other, and both were complained of. It was difficult to do away with one without dealing with the other.
Mr Mason said he would vote in favor of the application, as he did not consider it fair to refuse the license without giving the present holder notice.
Mr Webster said he would vote in the same way and for the same reason.
The question was then put to the vote and the application was refused by 6- votes-to 2.
The Tasmanian, 8 December 1877

From “Annual Licensing Meeting”:
George Inn, Wellington-street.
John Maloney applicant.
Mr Coulter had no objection to the house being again licensed, and said improvements had been effected.
The Mayor said the house just came within the requirements of law, and that was all.
The applicant stated that since the Mayor had visited the place further improvements had been carried out, and he had four men at work yet. He promised to still further improve it, and the application was granted.
Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1880

From “Town Improvements”:
An addition has been made to the George Inn, at the corner of Wellington and Elizabeth streets, which reflects credit upon Mr. Maloney, the landlord. A neat parapet has been added to the top of the building, as well as a commodious dining room and four bedrooms, other rooms having been very much improved, and altogether the house presents a comfortable and capacious appearance.
Launceston Examiner, 15 November 1884

On the application of John Maloney for a license for the Rose of Australia, Wellington-street (formerly the George Inn), being read, Mr. Ditcham said it was badly conducted, a number of bad characters being in the habit of frequenting the house, causing much annoyance by their conduct to persons going to Mrs Reed’s church.
The Superintendent of Police said it was impossible to prevent people of a certain class from frequenting licensed houses, and as long as the landlord did his best to pre- serve the peace it was all that could be expected. He might say that there was no house in the town he believed in which landlord would knowingly allow disturbances to go on.
Mr. Ditcham said he merely mentioned it as a caution to the applicant.
Mr. Carter opposed the application on the ground that it was not a well-con- ducted house, and it should be done away with. It deteriorated property, and although he had no objection to the land- lord he must oppose the license being granted to the house.
Mr. G. T. Collins, on behalf of the appli- cant, stated that he had made the improvements required by the Bench at the last meeting, and it was very hard his application should be refused having carried out all the requirements, and especially as the Superintendent of Police offered no objection.
The Clairman asked Mr. Coulter if the necessary improvements had been effected.
Mr. Coulter answered in the affirmative.
Mr. Ditcham said he did not rise to oppose the application, but in order to actas a warning.
Mr. Murray suggested that a minute of the objection be made.
Mr. Maloney, in answer to the Chairman, said that last year the house was not his property, but since then he had enlarged the premises, and effected many improve ments. He was not accountable for drunken people outside his house.
Mr. Murray – You make a man drunk inside, and then turn him out to make a disturbance in the street. ‘
The license was granted, with a warning from the Chairman.
Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1884

At the Police Court on Saturday permission was granted by the magistrates to Vincent Warrington to sell liquors under the license held by John Maloney, of the public-house known as the Rose of Australia, in Wellington-street, until next licensing day.
The Tasmania, 10 September 1887

Launceston Examiner,30 October 1896


1 thought on “George Inn (2)”

  1. My ancestor (John Palmer) is/was a good friend and perhaps even a relative of John Maloney who was the hotel keeper and his wife Margaret (he had been a best man and a godparent ) There are a number of articles on TROVE. The one article in particular that involves my ancestor and John Maloney was the reporting of a court case re Sunday drinking at the inn published 1 May 1879


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