Noah’s Ark

cnr Margaret & Brisbane Streets

1859 Alfred Fowler, Margaret and Brisbane Streets
1859-1860 Robert Cotton, The Ark, Margaret and Brisbane Streets transfer
1860 Alfred Fowler, Ark, Margaret and Brisbane Streets transfer
1860 Patrick Torley, The Ark, Margaret and Brisbane-streets

From assessment rolls, southern side of Brisbane Street, possible eastern corner.

Alfred Fowler, premises in Brisbane and Margaret-streets.
The Police Magistrate said the house was not in a fit state to be occupied, much more to hold a license, and was not wanted in the neighborhood ; there was the Hibernia
Inn and the Elephant and Castle near.
Refused as not necessary.
Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1858

Alfred Fowler appealed against the decision of the licensing meeting, refusing to grant a license to new premises at the corner of Margaret and Brisbane-streets, on the grounds that it was not necessary and that it was not in a fit state to be occupied. After a little discussion, a license was granted.
Launceston Examiner, 4 January 1859

BREACHES OF THE LICENSING ACT. — Robert Cotton was charged on information by Mr. Superintendent O’Connor with abandoning the “Noah’s Ark” Inn, the license of which he held, and Robert Fowler was charged with selling liquors on the said premises without a license.
Launceston Examiner, 28 February 1860

BALL.–A Ball will be given at the “Noah’s Ark Hotel,” corner of Margaret and Brisbane-streets, on Monday evening, July 16. Cards of admission may be obtained of Mr. W. Turner, Hadspen; Mr. M. Simmons, Westbury ; at the George Inn, and Noah’s Ark Hotel, Launeeston. Single tickets, 5s; tickets to admit two, 7s 6d each. Refreshments included. June 18.
Launceston Examiner,19 June 1860

The Noah’s Ark Inn, Brisbane and Margaret Streets, from Patrick Torley to Alfred Fowler.
The consent of the present holder of the license had not been sent in and this was the cause of the refusal.
Cornwall Chronicle, 8 May 1861

A PUBLICAN A PAWNBROKE-Alfred Fowler, of the “Noah’s Ark,” was summoned by Mr. O’Connor, Superintendent of Police, for taking as a pledge one cotton gown, in exchange for a certain quantity of liquor supplied to Ann Anderson, there by committing a breach of the 40th clause of the Licensing Act. It appeared that the woman Anderson went to the “Ark” on the 15th instant, had two nips of rum, and being minus cash left her gown as security for payment. The defendant was fined £5 and coats. He gave notice of appeal.
Launceston Examiner, 30 April 1859

Launceston Examiner, 24 August 1860

Launceston Examiner, 14 March 1861

Torley v Fowler This waa an information laid by Mr Patrick Torley, of The Noah’s Ark Inn, who charged his landlord Mr Alfred Fowler, with making use of obscene language on the 6th inst.
Mary Ann Torley swore- I reside with my father Patrick Torley at the Noah’s Ark, in Margaret Street ; I was standing at the door of the house on Monday last, the transfer day at the Court House after the meeting of the Magistrates ; I saw the defendant Mr Fowler in Margaret-street; he was calling my father all the rogues he could think of, and said he was a lazy old fellow and need not work for he could send me out and I would keep him; he then called me a strumpet and a w— e. He called me these three or four times; there were several children listening and an old woman who was passing by stopped to listen ; my father was not at home at the time; Mr. Fowler lives next door, he was in the street when he called me the names I have menttioned ; when father came home I told him, and Mr Fowler denied having used the language; but he said to father also that he was lazy, and could have me to keep him.
Cross examined by defendant. — I did not make faces at you when you were going by ; you first passed on and then came back again and used the language I complain of; you first called me a w—e, and then you said my father was training me up to become a prostitute on the town. There were men working opposite on the road at the time.
Complainant’s evidence was corroborated by that of Sarah Taylor, a married woman residing in Brisbane street, and to some extent by the evidence of her father. Defendant said that the complainant had made faces at him when he was passing, and that although he did not call her the names she mentioned, he did call her other names; and whatever he said to her he was able to prove.
The Bench fined defendant L5 and 8s 6d costs, which he paid but said he would appeal against the decision of the Bench.
Cornwall Chronicle, 15 May 1861

Applications for Transfers
Noah’s Ark Inn.
Mr Alfred Fowler’s application for a transfer of the license for the Noah’s Ark Inn, corner of Brisbane and Margaret Street, from Patrick Torley, was refused, on the grounds stated by the Police Magistrate, that on account of former convictions against Mr. Fowler when he held the license, he was not a fit person for a Licensed Victualler. He (the Police Magistrate) had also objected to any license being granted to the house on the ground that a public house was not required there, and he still held that opinion ; neither was the house suitable as the foundation was sinking, and one side was much lower than the other.
Cornwall Chronicle, 7 August 1861

An adjourned Court of General Sessions of the Peace was held at the Court House, yes terday. There was only one case upon the paper, being an appeal by Alfred Fowler against a decision come to at the last Quar- terly Licensing Meeting, whereby he was re- fused the transfer of the Noah’s Ark public- house, at the junction of Brisbane and Mar garet-streets. Mr. Douglas appeared for the appellant, and stated that between two and three years ago his client obtained a license for the pre- mises in question, of which he was and is owner ; that he had subsequently transferred to a person named Cotton ; and that the house had eventually passed into the hands of a man named Patrick Torley, who had recently be- come insolvent, and from adversity was ne- cessitated to quit the premises, which were unlicensed and unoccupied. In support of the appeal, Mr. Douglas urged that the appel- lant would, from the fact of his owning the premises, be a fit and proper person to receive the transfer, and stated that he was a sober man, but admitted that he had other failings. Mr. Douglas added that during the period Fowler held the licence, he freely confessed that he had been fined for taking property in pledge for drink supplied, and for Sunday trading. Mr. Douglas stated that the only matter with which the Court had to deal was the character of the appellant. The learned gentleman freely acknowledged the uneven- ness of his client’s temper. The Mayor remarked that he had always considered the license unnecessary, as a public house was not required in the neighborhood of the Noah’s Ark; he still thought so. He was not aware of any gross immorality upon the part of the appellant. In reply to Mr. Jennings, Mr. Fowler said that he was married in England to his present wife; that he had never represented that he was not married to her. The appellant stated that his wife had an interest in some trust property; but if her maiden name had been used in a deed, it must have been in mistake. Mr. Jennings said that Mr. Fowler had himself represented that he was not married. The appeal was refused.
Launceston Examiner, 3 September 1861

Cornwall Chronicle, 13 September 1861

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