Lame Dog — Golden Lion — Prince Alfred — Tamar Hotel

39 William Street. Google maps.

Currently, a visitors centre for nearby Boags Brewery.


1831 George Radford, William Street
1832-33 George Radford, Lame Dog, William Street*
1833-41 George Radford, Golden Lion, William Street*
1841-44 George Radford Jnr, Golden Lion, William Street
1844-46 Richard Wicks, Golden Lion, William Street
1846-48 George Radford Snr, Golden Lion, William Street
1848-53 Mary Radford, Golden Lion, William Street
1853-61 John Bowater, Golden Lion, William Street
1862-63 James Ley, Golden Lion, William Street

1866-68 Thomas Flude, Golden Lion, William Street
1868 J. F. Hobkirk (Insolvent Estate)
1868-69 Frederick Jones, Prince Albert Hotel, William Street
1869 Arthur Jones, Prince Alfred Hotel, William Street
1869 William Fisher, Prince Alfred Hotel, William Street
1870 Robert Miller, Prince Alfred Hotel, William Street
1870 Medmer Lushington Goodwin, Prince Alfred Hotel
1871-74 Abraham Banks, Tamar Hotel, William Street
1874-89 Benjamin Crow, Tamar Hotel, Wellington St
1880-83 Steel Trail, Tamar Hotel, Wellington St
1883-89 Andrew Anderson, Tamar Hotel, William Street
1889-93 Edward Holehan, Tamar Hotel, William Street
1893-96 William Stephen Bassett, Tamar Hotel, William Street
1896-97 Vincent Warrington, Tamar Hotel, William Street
1897 Michael Tierney, Tamar Hotel, William Street
1898-1900 William Douglas Burns, Tamar Hotel, William Street

*I’m not sure if the Lame Dog became the Golden Lion, but in October 1833 Radford gives his address at “Lame Dog, William Street” and two months later, he’s granted a licence for the Golden Lion, so even if he constructed a new building to be the Lion, there is a continuity of ownership.

From a lecture by Mr. E. Whitfield, 1897
At the foot of George-street there was a ferry, and near that ferry stood another public house. It was named the “Lame Dog.” Poor doggie, is depicted on the signboard, was a deplorable looking object with oneleg in a sling, and beneath were the lines:
“Step in my friends and rest awhile,
And help a lame dog over the stile.”

The Tamar Hotel, in William-street, was once known as the “Golden Lion,” but prior to that it went by the name of the “Sawyers’ Arms.” Here [on the sign] two able-bodied sawyers were seen working at a pit, and the words beneath were-“Halt, mate, let’s drink.”
Launceston Examiner, 6 February 1897

From  response to Mr Whitfield’s lecture by William King:
I should like as briefly as possible to point out where Mr. Whitfeld is at sea re public houses. In the first place he says the Tamar Hotel was at one time the Sawyers’ Arms. Now, Sir, a man named Radford, who had been a soldier, built this house, obtained a license, and named it the Golden Lion. I am quite sure it was not at any time the Sawyers’ Arms. The two-story building opposite the Park gates, with a verandah top and bottom, was the Sawyers’ Arms, kept by Antoni Martini. In the year 1842 he let it to a man named Clark, who was a leading cricketer in those days; and he removed the license to the Royal Oak, corner of Brisbane and Tamar streets.
Launceston Examiner, 17 July 1897

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Union Inn–Royal Exchange Hotel

George Street
Cnr George and Brisbane St
West side of George St

George St, with Brisbane St corner, 2016.

In 1840, the Union Inn was on the NE corner of the George and Brisbane Streets intersection. Prior to this, the site was occupied by the Rose & Thistle, Horse & Groom and Verandah Wine Vaults, so the Union must have been elsewhere along George Street at this time. (Was it the house on the corner of Paterson and George Streets?) By the 1870s, it has moved to the western side of George Street. (Not to be confused with the Union Club Hotel, which was the name of the hotel on the corner of George and York Street in the mid-20th Century.)

1830-38 William Milne, Union, George Street
1839-43 Nicholas Clarke, Union, George & Brisbane Streets
1844-46 James Purselow, Union Inn, Brisbane & George Streets
1847-61 William Spearman, Union Inn, George Street
1862 James Boag, Union Inn, George Street
1863-65 Elijah Hedditch, Union Inn, George Street
1866-68 James Jordan, Union Hotel, George Street
1869-72 Frederick Jones, Union Inn, George Street
1873 James Ray, Union Inn/Royal Exchange, George Street
1874-80 James Ray, Royal Exchange, George Street
1881 Mary Jane Ray, Royal Exchange Hotel, George Street
1883 John McCaveston, Royal Exchange Hotel, George Street
1883 Mary Jane M’Caveston (formerly Ray), Ray’s Royal Exchange Hotel, George Street
1884 Mary Ann M’Caveston, Royal Exchange Hotel, George Street
1885 Thomas Crawford, Ray’s Royal Exchange Hotel, George Street
1886-88 John Edwards, Royal (Exchange) Hotel, George Street
1889-94 John Allan, (Royal) Exchange Hotel, George Street
1895-97 John Polley, (Royal) Exchange Hotel, George Street
1898+ Michael James Corcoran, Exchange Hotel, George Street, also known as the Royal Hotel.

George St, west side. The Royal  is the big grey building.
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London Tavern

NE corner of St John and Cameron Streets. Google Maps.

Cnr of St John & Cameron St, August 2016.

1830-33 London Tavern, George Sinclair Brodie, Cameron St
1833-37 Edmund Bartlett
1837  George Coulstock, London Tavern
1838-44 Benjamin Hyrons, London Tavern
1844  Nicholas Clarke, London Tavern
1844-48 Samuel Storey, London Inn/Hotel, St John & Cameron Streets
1849-51 Benjamin Walford, London Inn, Cameron & St John Streets
1851-55 Henry Godfrey, London Inn, St John & Cameron Streets
1855-58 George Adams, London Hotel, corner of St John and Cameron-streets
1859-60 David McQuestion, London Tavern, St John and Cameron Streets
1861-66 Charles Maryon Crooks, London Tavern, St John and Cameron Streets
1868-69 Feltham Bold Watson, London Family Hotel, St John and Cameron Streets
1870-71 Feltham Bold Watson, London Hotel, St John and Cameron Streets
Included the Olympic Theatre 1840s – 1850s.

Photo showing London Tavern, 1861-1866
(Cropped from an image in the QVMAG collection, QVM:1986:P:0803

Engraving of London Tavern, c.1870
(Not sure where I obtained this. It was in the folder where I keep material for this blog.)

Hobart Town Courier, 27 November 1830
Hobart Town Courier, 27 November 1830

Hobart Town Courier, 4 June 1831
Hobart Town Courier, 4 June 1831

Launceston Advertiser, 10 October 1833
Launceston Advertiser, 10 October 1833

Launceston Advertiser, 27 April 1837
“Launceston Advertiser, 27 April 1837

HTC 17 November 1837
Hobart Town Courier, 17 November 1837

Cornwall Chronicle, 3 November 1838
“Cornwall Chronicle, 3 November 1838

Launceston Courier, 5 September 1842
Launceston Courier, 5 September 1842

From “Licensing Day”:
Mr. Rocher, who appeared in support of the application, defended the couduct of his client [Nicholas Clarke], and contended that he had quilted the London Tavern merely from prudential motives, having, as it appeared, made the discovery that in resigning the Union for the above-mentioned house, he had made an unprofitable exchange.
Cornwall Chronicle, 4 September 1844

From “Annual Licensing Meeting”:
Samuel Storey, London Tavern.-One conviction, dirty, frequented by prostitutes.
It was pleaded that, as the theatre was held in Mr. Storey’s premises, an allowance ought to be made; but very little discussion followed, and the magistrates refused the license, reserving in favour of the applicant the opportunity of applying again at the quarterly meeting. Some discussion took place as to the grounds of refusal to be recorded. The clause of the act was read- from which it appeared, if the objection were made to the character of the applicant, he was debarred from renewing his application, and as no objection could be raised against the premises, it was by some considered, that they were bound to record the objection as being against character. This was disputed by others, some of whom wished to withdraw their votes, unless liberty were given to Mr. Storey to apply again. The votes were taken upon the question, and the majority were in favour of adopting course which enabled the applicant to apply again; but we could not collect what objection was recorded.

Launceston Examiner, 5 September 1846

From “Quarter Sessions”:
Mr. Douglas appeared for Mr. Storey of the “London Tavern,” and the license was granted with very little discussion.
Launceston Examiner, 23 September 1846

Cornwall Chronicle, 23 February 1850 - London
Cornwall Chronicle, 23 February 1850

The Theatre has, we understand, changed hands; Mr. Godfrey, of the “Horse and Jockey,” having rented the London Inn.
Cornwall Chronicle, 31 December 1850

Cornwall Chronicle, 5 February 1851

H. Godfrey, London Inn, corner of St. John and Cameron-streets ; granted. The police magistrate had no objection to the house ; it was well conducted and cleanly, but he thought it would would be beneficial if theatrical performances were prohibited on the premises ; the play house was the primary cause of many irregularities, and he should endeavour to deprive it of a theatrical license.
Cornwall Chronicle, 4 September 1852

Cornwall Chronicle, 28 June 1854

Cornwall Chronicle, 11 March 1857

Cornwall Chronicle, 23 February 1859

Cornwall Chronicle, 21 December 1861

Cornwall Chronicle, 29 June 1864

Charles Maryon Crooks, London Tavern, Cameron and St. John-streets.
The police magistrate said he must most decidedly object to this application. The house was dirty and badly kept; there was great regularity; there were complaints of the house being kept open all night, and reports of prostitutes frequenting it, and altogether there was not a worse conducted house in town.

Mr. Rocher appeared in support of the application. He said the house, on account of its proximity to the Police Office, and municipal buildings, was in a position where stricter surveillance could be exercised than on any other house in town, and yet there had only been one conviction during the year. Then frequently there were entertainments going on at the Mechanics’ Institute and Town Hall, and Mr Crooks could not help persons coming from those entertainments to his house. As for the reports respecting persons of bad character frequenting the house, why had not informatlons been laid against Mr. Crooks for the Police Act was stringent enough. If the house was badly conducted it was the fault of the police. After some further remarks, Mr. Rocher appealed through the Chairman to the Superintendent of Police as to the manner in which the house was conducted. The Superintendent of Police said he could fully bear out what Mr. Gunn had stated.
The Police Magistrate, referring to Mr. Rocher’s remarks respecting the house being close to the Police Office, said that the Police Office closed at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, whilst the irregularities took place at night.
The licence was refused.
Mr. Rocher submitted that evidence should be given of the irregularities mentioned: a mere re port or complaint was not sufficient. The Chairman said this had never been the practice here.
Launceston Examiner, December 1865

Cornwall Chronicle, 5 January 1867

Cornwall Chronicle, 16 November 1867

The Annual Licensing Meetings will be held on Monday next. Amongst the applications is one from Mr Alfred Stephen Harris for a license to the house at the corner of Bathurst and York-streets, formerly “Lamb and Flag.” Mr Hely intends to alter the designation of “The Ship Inn,” Wharf, to that of “The Duke of Edinburgh,” and Mr Walter Harris intends to alter the title of his new premises at the corner of Charles and Patterson-streets from “The Turf Hotel” to the “Plough Inn.” Mr W. F. Green applies for a. license for “The London Tavern,” St. John and Cameron streets, and Mr Robert Fox Mitchell for a license for “The O’Connell Inn,” Wellington and Frankland streets.
Cornwall Chronicle, 30 November 1867

Cornwall Chronicle, 4 December 1867

THE LONDON HOTEL — This Hotel, next to the Public Buildings, Launceston,has been taken by Mr. F. B. Watson, formerly of Longford. It is to be newly fitted up as a General and Family Hotel. The London Hotel is very conveniently situated for Visitors from the adjoining Colonies, being close to the Post-office, Town ball, Mechanics’ Institute, Public Buildings, and all the Banks.
Cornwall Chronicle, 18 January 1868

From “Annual Licensing Meeting, Launceston”:
Feltham Bold Watson, London Hotel, St. John and Cameron-streets
The Mayor said this house was so very much out of repair; so much so that it was impossibly to keep it in good order. He would recommend that a note be made of this for the information of the landlord.
The Tasmanian, 9 December 1871

The Mayor said the Building Surveyor had thought it his duty to present a report with respect to the building opposite the Town Hall known as the London Tavern, which he would request the Town Clerk to read. Letter read as follows:–

Building Surveyor’s Office,
23rd September, 1872.
To the Worshipful the Mayor and Alderman
GENTLEMEN–I beg to report that having examined the structure at the junction of Cameron and St. John-streets known as the “London Tavern”, I consider it to be in a dangerous state, and nature of former alterations and the fact that it overhangs the footpath in St. John-street, I am of opinion that it cannot be shored up, or otherwise secured. I therefore recommend that it be at once taken down.– I have the honor to be, gentlemen, your obedient servant,
G. Babington

The Mayor said on looking over the Building Act as to what action, the council should take it appeared the surveyor should, with any other competent surveyor, examine the building and report to the council that day week, giving a certificate of his opinion as to the condition of the structure; and on that the Council would come to a decision how to act. His Worship added that he had had it under his own eyes, for some time, and if the Council would notice the roof, they would see the rafters were coming apart from the wall plates, and the end wall and front very much bulged out.
Alderman Murphy moved that the action prescribed by the Building Act be taken. 
Alderman Hart seconded, and remarked that it was a matter of importance to be attended to at once, as the building in question was on the street line, and no doubt it was dangerous, and the Council would be culpable it they did not take action. 
Alderman Webster–The building has not been occupied for some time, I believe? 
The Mayor–Not since Mr Watson left.
The resolution for the building to be inspected inside and out by the Surveyor and another competent surveyor, and to report on Monday next, furnishing a certificate, was then agreed to.
Launceston Examiner, 24 September 1872

I see the Council are at last moving about the old London Tavern, and not a bit too soon, for the place has been gradually falling for some considerable time past. I have had many opportunities of observing it from the Cameron street stand and I have often had a good look at it and speculated as to how soon it would be before it came toppling over into the street, and how many people It would be likely to kill in its fall !
Launceston Examiner, 28 September 1872

The Mayor referred to the correspondence with Mr Cameron as to the London Tavern. Mr Cameron said he had made a commencement inside the building, and the putting down would be proceeded with as soon as certain arrangements had been made. His Worship said he saw Mr Cameron on the 10th November and he asked him to delay the matter as he was making an arrangement with Mr Titmus for removing the building; but time was wearing on and nothing had been done. In his (the Mayor’s) opinion the building should be proceeded with at once, and if not done by the owner probably he (the Mayor) ought to take more active steps.
Alderman Douglas said he was aware Mr Titmus had been in communication with Mr Cameron, and as far as Mr Cameron was concerned he had left it to Mr Titmus.

Alderman Webster suggested that the Mayor should see Mr Titmus, and if he not the power to act, Mr Cameron could then be applied to.
The matter then dropped.
Launceston Examiner, 3 December 1872

Almost the first start given to theatrical enterprise in Launceston was the leasing of the old Olympic Theatre by Mr. George Coppin, who may truly be designated as one of the foremost pioneers of the drama throughout the Australian colonies. The Theatre Royal Olympic, which was in those days the principal place of amusement in Launceston stood at the corner of St. John and Cameron streets, directly opposite where the Town Hall now is. Connected with it was the London Tavern, and altogether it was rather a primitive description of structure to be the principal home of the drama in a town. However, a great number of plays, most of them being of the “blood and thunder class,” containing as Henry James Byron, the talented author of the popular comedy “Our Boys,” describes it, “An opening chorus about glorious wine, a broad sword combat every sixteenth line,” were produced here by various companies, and the audiences as a rule were numerous and appreciative. On the 3rd of March, 1845, George Coppin first took up the reins of management in Launceston, and brought out most of the popular farces and comedies of the day with success. Previous to this date, however, we find that dramatic companies and various other classes of public entertainments frequently visited the town, while now and then the amateur societies, most of which were connected with the military regiments that were stationed here, occupied the boards of the local theatre. Thus in 1844 we find the amateurs connected with the 86h regiment giving a benefit on behalf of the poor of Launceston, at the Olympic Theatre, and producing Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy ” She Stoops to Conquer,” and the burlesque “Bombastes Furioso.” On Monday, April 22, 1844, Mrs. Clarke, lessee of the Victoria Theatre, Hobart (now the Theatre Royal), commenced a dramatic season here, her company being composed of Rogers, one of the best character actors the world has over produced, Young, F. Howson, and others. The opening piece was the ” Country’ Squire,” in which Rogers sustained the leading part. On Monday, February 3, 1844, Professor Rea, a ventriloquist and mimic, appeared at the Olympic for a few nights in a variety entertainment. Various companies occupied the boards of this Theatre until 1856, when the Lyceum Theatre was opened on May 20, under the management of Mr. Jones Melville.
Launceston Examiner, 27 May 1882

OBITUARY.-Our George Town correspondent reports the death yesterday morning of a well-known resident, Mr. Feltham Bold Watson, Mr. Watson was an actor and manager in his earlier days, and first came to Launceston from Hobart, He rented and improved the old Lyceum Theatre, a wooden structure that stood on the ground fronting on Cameron-street, near the Bank of Tasmania, now occupied by Capt. S. Tulloch’s new stores, and he introduced several good actors to the Launceston public. He afterwards had a good deal to do with the old Theatre Royal in St. John-street, and was the last landlord of the well-known London Tavern, which stood on the corner allotment opposite the Town Hall. He resided at Longford for a time, and some ten or twelve years ago removed to George Town, where he has since resided.
Launceston Examiner, 10 January 1884

The old London Tavern and Theatre stood at the corner of St. John and Cameron streets, where the Post-office is now situated. The theatre was a properly constructed one, but small. It was in the London Theatre that Mr George Coppin, now the hon. Mr Coppin, played so frequently when in Tasmania, and there also Rogers, one of the finest character actors the world has produced, had portion of his early stage training. George Herbert Rogers was the son of a Wesleyan minister in England. Disliking the monotony of home life he ran away and joined the army. His regiment was sent out to this island, and he became an expert amateur actor during his sojourn at Hobart. Ultimately his discharge was purchased and he entered the theatrical profession. The early records of the Melbourne stage tell us that on June 14, 1845, a small coasting vessel called The Swan dropped anchor in the Yarra, bringing over from Launceston Mr and Mrs George Coppin and their company. The members of that company comprised Mr and Mrs Rogers, Mrs Thompson, Mr and Mrs Hambleton, Mr Thompson, Mr Opie, the scene painter, and a small orchestra led by Mr Megson. Charles Young, an exceedingly clever actor, was also with him. This talented company had been playing at the London Theatre, Launceston.
Launceston Examiner, 22 December 1894

From “Early Launceston, Mr Whitfield’s Lecture, No. 5.”
Still following along St. John-street, we come to its intersection with Cameron-street, Post-office corner. Here stood the London. Tavern, on the signboard of which was at one time depicted a view of London and St. Paul’s, but afterwards altered to the London Coat of Arms. The last landlord was F. B. Watson, who was at one time associated with the stage. On the top storey of the London was a comical little theatre, the Olympic I believe it was called, but it fell into disuse after the erection of the Theatre Royal in St. John-street, where the Bijou now stands. 
Launceston Examiner, 8 July 1897

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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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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Tynan’s Hotel — Bridge Hotel

SE corner of Tamar Street and Boland St (previously the Esplanade). Google Maps.

October 2008

1888-91 Patrick Tynan, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street bridge/Tamar Street & Esplanade
1892-93 Sarah Davies, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street (advertised as Davies’ Hotel)
1894 Elizabeth Mary Davies, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street
1895 Sarah Davies, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street
1896 Robert Earl, snr, Tynan’s Bridge Hotel, Tamar Street
1897-99 Patrick Murphy, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street and Esplanade

Known as Tynan’s Bridge Hotel during the 1890s, Bridge Hotel (officially from 1903), Victoria Bridge Hotel (from 1908) and later Backwater Creek Hotel.

Photo of Invermay Rd & bridge, hotel on left at back
1940s as Victoria Bridge Hotel
Photo, 1995, as Backwater Creek

October 2008

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Globe (4)

NE cnr George and Cimitiere Streets. Google Maps.
Built 1882.  Currently Lloyd’s Hotel.
Also known as Sharpe’s Family Hotel & Globe Family Hotel.

Photo, 1930


1882-1885 John Edwards, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1886 William Sydney Monks, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1887 Thomas John Strong, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1887 Robert Earl, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1889 Frederick Holloway, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1889 Alfred Edwards, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1890 Elizabeth Ann Edwards, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere Streets
1891-92 John William Holloway, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere streets
1893-95 John Philip Sharpe, Sharpe’s Family Hotel, George Street
1896 Lillian Phillips, Globe Hotel, George and Cimitiere streets
1897-99 John William Holloway, Globe Family Hotel
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