This being the day appointed by the Act of Council to investigate the applications for Publicans Licensing, at one o'clock the following Bench assembled for that purpose:
James Simpson, Esq., Police Magistrate; James McArthur; Frederick Armand Powlett; George Duncan Mercer; Edward Jones Brewster; William Verner and Andrew Forlonge, Esqs. and Doctors Farquhar McCrae and Robert Martin.
Halfpenny, Thomas - "William Tell" (conditional)
Anderson, Thomas - "The Lamb Inn"
Davies, John - "Imperial Hotel"
Graham, Thomas - "Edinburgh Castle"
LITTLE COLLINS STREET
Hancock, Benjamin - "Freemason's Arms"
Evans, William - "Builder's Arms"
Bullivant, John - "Waterloo Tavern" (conditional)
Dobson, James - "Albion"
Jamieson, James - "Eagle Inn"
Sidebottom, William - "Golden Fleece"
Heany, Francis - "Irish Harp" (conditional)
Coulstock, James - "Melbourne Tavern"
Roberts, Robert Arthur - "Union Inn"
Byng, John - "Victoria"
Shanks, John - "Royal Highlander"
Coulson, William - "Melbourne Hotel"
Greeves, Augustus Frederick Adolphus - "Yarra Hotel"
LITTLE FLINDERS STREET
Shaw, James - "Shaw's Hotel"
Brettargh, Robert - "Aldelphi"
Pedrana, Lewis - "Dundee Arms" (conditionally)
Harper, William - "British Hotel"
Mortimer, William - "Camel"
Ormond, Robert - "Caledonian Hotel"
Lingham, Alfred - "Marine Hotel"
Liardet, William Frederick Evelyn - "Pier Hotel"
Austin, William - "Woolpack"
Dawson, William - "Albion"
Muir, John - "Ships"
Greeves, George Paul Adolphus - "Halfway House"
Levein, Benjamin Goldsmidt - "Victoria Hotel"
Beveridge, Andrew - "Hunter's Tryste Inn"
Johnston, James Stewart - "Southern Cross Inn"
Stevens, John (conditionally)
Malony, Matthew - "Hibernia"
Mathysone, E. (wine and beer only)
LITTLE FLINDERS STREET
Grant, John - "Bird-in-Hand"
Hobson, Francis - "London Inn"
Anderson, Phillip - "Commercial Inn"
LITTLE COLLINS STREET
Coffee, Jeremiah - "Farmer's Hotel"
LITTLE BOURKE STREET
Athorn, William - "Governor Arthur"
Cantlon, Matthew - "Elephant & Castle"
Smith, William (conditionally)
Lawlor, James - "Black Swan"
Mulhall, Patrick - "Stockkeeper's Rest"
De Villiers, Christian Ludolph Johannes - "No Good Damper"
SUGAR LOAF CREEK
Atkinson, William Maitland - "Keilor Inn"
John Clark - "Traveller's Rest"
James Louis Willis - "Bridge Inn"
William Overton, Mr. Wilson, Bartholomew Donovan, and Mr. Lyons, were granted Confectioners' Licences.
The following parties were refused Licenses for Town & Country: James Lushington Lake; John Lamb; Michael Pender; Thomas Walton; Edward Butler; Samuel Bently; John Morrison; John Belperroud; George Pat. Anderson; Peter Bodecin; Lawrence Ormond Butler; Thomas Cunningham; Foster Dorman; Edward Fitzsimmons; John Lee Gill; Donald Cameron Kennedy; Henry O'Neil; John Griffiths; Joseph C. Ingleton; G. Jones; John Hook; Alexander McCallum; James Curr; John Marshall; Peter Murphy; William Morgan; William Rand; James Westwood; and James Scott, a Beer License.
Town Licenses - Renewed . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Country Licenses - Renewed . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Town Licenses - New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Country Licenses - New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Wine & Beer Licenses - New . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Total Licenses Granted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Licenses refused for Town & Country . . . . .29
Total Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
The Bench then adjourned until Tuesday 27th instant, when the successful applicants must appear with their sureties.
There has been an increase of thirteen Town and seven Country Licenses. This may be attributable to the increase of population in Melbourne and the district. In the former alone it is now calculated that 19,000 people reside; it was therefore considered necessary to increase the accomodation. There were three applications for licenses at New Town but they were most strenously opposed by Mr. James Montgomery, the Crown Solicitor, as an inhabitant of the place, backed by a memorial signed by the most respectable of the inhabitants. The Bench would willingly grant one license at New Town, as they thought it hard that the labouring class, many of whom reside there, should be compelled to come into Melbourne to procure their beer - but added Mr. James Simpson, there is no constabularly force to overlook, much less to look after a publican at New Town; upon that ground alone he should oppose the applications. The Applications being refused, Mr. Horatio Nelson Carrington gave notice that he should appeal to his Excellency Sir George Gipps setting forth the grounds upon which the refusal proceeded, when it would be perhaps remedied. Several country applications were rejected, the houses not being required or situated off the main road, where bullock drivers &c. have no business to resort, save for the purpose of intoxication; those who did obtain country licenses were directed to erect Stock Yards for the public accomodation.
The Old Licenses in Town refused renewal, arose from the parties being persons of bad character, or such characters were in the habit of resorting to their houses; or, as in one instance the applicant was living in a disreputable state. An application was made for a license at Portland Bay, but that being out of the jurisdiction of the Court, was of course refused.
"Port Phillip Herald" of Friday, 23 April 1841
with additional material by Anne Mavric and Alexander Romanov-Hughes
Contributed by Anne Mavric (PPPG Member No. 1171)
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