Barley Sheaf Brewery

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Barley Sheaf Brewery
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Doveton and Webster Streets
Opened 1858
Known dates 1858-1895

The Barley Sheaf Brewery was a brewery in Ballarat, 1858-1895>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The brewery was described as being near the corner of Doveton Street and Webster Street, also sometimes as Creswick Road.[1].

Background[edit | edit source]

The brewery was begun by Murton and Leggo in 1858 and later operated by Leggo and Sons. it was purchased by Magill and Coghlan in 1895 as part of their new Ballarat Brewing Company.

It was known as Coghlan and Tulloch's Brewery in 1903.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The brewery was first established in about 1858:

Murton and Leggo started their Barley Sheaf Brewery near the corner of Doveton and Webster streets, a few months after Magill, Coghlan, and Roxburgh had got into harness at Warrenheip.[1]

In April 1863 a brewery wagon delivering beer to Linton was interfered with:

John M'Keigan was charged with having pierced a number of casks of colonial beer, the property of Messrs Murton and Leggo, brewers, Ballarat. Thomas Reed deposed that he was a carter in the employ of the firm. He came to Linton on the 6th of April, and camped as usual in the street. He did not go to bed, but sat up to watch the beer. He came out at 4 a.m. from the stables and saw the prisoner leaving the waggon with a billy of beer in his hand. Witness examined the casks, and found they were running. He "collared" the prisoner and tasted the beer, which he found to be that made by his employers. There was a difference in all beers. Witness at once "throttled" the prisoner to keep him quiet. Witness then "rowed" Mr Oliver up and got the prisoner inside. The casks were all running, and witness looked for pine wood to stop them. During the stopping, the prisoner got away with the beer. He cursed and swore, and said he would hit witness, but he found he was mastered. The prisoner said be would not do it again if let go that time. After this, he was arrested. To the prisoner-I saw you leave with the beer in your hand. Prisoner-No; Mrs Bennett gave it to me. Witness to the Bench-The prisoner was 15 feet from the waggon. Prisoner-I never meddled with your beer that night. O. Oliver, hotel keeper at Linton, deposed that he saw the prisoner at four a.m. on the day in question. Thomas Reed called witness up. He said that he had got the beggar at last. Witness let them in. The prisoner said he had tasted the beer, and said they had better let him go. The beer was in a billy. The prisoner had been known on many previous occasions to do the same to a number of publicans. Constable Boyan deposed that he arrested the prisoner at Messrs Oliver and Stephens'. Witness found a gimblet and a billy there, which the prisoner claimed. In the billy there was a smell of beer. The gimblet and billy now produced were the same as above described. His Worship administered to the prisoner the usual caution. Prisoner-Mrs Bennett gave me the beer and I went home with it. I was making a pair of wheels for Mrs Bennett's child's cart. His Worship then committed the prisoner for trial at the Ballarat Circuit Court.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1889 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 2. (Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924)), viewed 12 Apr 2018,
  2. 1903 'A BREWERY BLOODED', The Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 - 1918), 27 April, p. 3. , viewed 31 Aug 2021,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1863 'LINTON POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 April, p. 4. , viewed 29 Oct 2018,

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