Anne Barclay

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Anne Barclay
Born Anne Madden
1832
Tipperary, Ireland
Died June 1864
Bald Hills
Nationality Irish
Occupation Publican
Years active 1860-1864
Known for Bald Hills Hotel
Home town Bald Hills
Spouse(s) James Barclay
Children Simon, James, Patrick, Charles, John, Martin
Parents
  • Patrick Madden (father)
  • Anne Madden (mother)

Anne Barclay (nee Anne Madden) was a publican in the Ballarat district, <1860-1864.

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Anne Madden was born in Tipperary in about 1832, the daughter of Anne and Patrick Madden.[1] In 1855 she married James Barclay from Dublin.[2]

They had quadruplets, four boys, born in Creswick in 1857: Simon[3], James[4], Patrick[5] and Charles.[6] Simon died at three days[7], and Patrick died aged 9 in 1866.[8] Two other sons, John born 1858[9], and Martin born in 1860[10] also died as infants.

On 4 August 1860, they opened the Bald Hills Hotel at Bald Hills, a small community between Miners' Rest and Creswick:

"Since Saturday Mr James Barclay has opened a public house in the said locality, called " The Bald Hills Hotel," and as Mrs Barclay is presiding over the household - the lady who presented her lord and master with four pledges of conjugal affection at one birth - we have no doubt that their establishment will be extensively patronised by all classes of the community."[11]

The hotel was described as having two sitting rooms and five bedrooms.[12]

James committed suicide on 18 August 1862:

Suicide: The Bald Hills yesterday morning presented a scene of great excitement, the news having spread that Mr James Barclay, the well-known landlord of the Bald Hills Hotel, had died suddenly.

From inquiries made by our reporter on the spot, it appears that Mr Barclay, who yesterday, at about 9 a.m., seemed to have been in good health, was noticed standing outside the hotel, whilst one of the Ballarat coaches was waiting for passengers. He was then for a short time, playing with his two little boys, and subsequently in his capacity as post-master, went for a few minutes to the Post-office, a building close by, whence he returned to the hotel. In ten minutes afterwards he was a corpse, Mrs Barclay, in looking for him, breakfast waiting on the table, being the first who discovered him in a bed-room, near the sitting-room, suspended from a rafter. The deceased had cut a hole in the ceiling, and then committed suicide by tying a comforter and neckerchief together, and thereby strangling himself. Some difficulties in money matters seem to have led the deceased to the rash act. Mr Barclay, who was very much respected at Creswick, Clunes, and the Bald Hills, leaves a wife and two boys behind, the latter being the surviving two children of four born at one birth on Creswick. An inquest was held yesterday; the particulars will be found in another part of our columns.[13]


Anne took over the license until her death in 1864, aged 32.[14][12][1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1864 Deaths, Ref. No. 5654, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  2. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1855 Marriages, Ref. No. 2262, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  3. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1857 Births, Ref. No. 10577, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  4. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1857 Births, Ref. No. 10578, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  5. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1857 Births, Ref. No. 10579, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  6. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1857 Births, Ref. No. 10580, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  7. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1857 Deaths, Ref. No. 4753, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  8. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1866 Deaths, Ref. No. 5125, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  9. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1858 Deaths, Ref. No. 1746, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  10. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1860 Deaths, Ref. No. 5576, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  11. 1860 'CRESWICK NEWS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 August, p. 4, viewed 9 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66057483
  12. 12.0 12.1 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 June, p. 3. , viewed 03 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66345902
  13. The Creswick & Clunes Advertiser, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pobjoyoneill/newsppr/mis5965A.htm
  14. 1863 'CRESWICK POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 27 Jun 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72515317


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