Elizabeth McAlister

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Elizabeth McAlister
Occupation Publican
Years active 1907-1909
Known for Redan Club Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Children Victor
Norman

Elizabeth McAlister was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1907-1909>.

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In September 1907 McAlister held the publican's license for the Redan Club Hotel in Redan, Ballarat.[1]

In January 1907 she successfully defended a charge of illegal trading:

NEW LICENSING ACT A PROSECUTION FAILS. BALLARAT. Tuesday. At the city court to-day Elizabeth M'Allister, licensee of the Redan Club Hotel, was charged with having permitted persons other than lodgers to assemble on her premises during prohibited hours. The defence was that two of the customers, named Steele and Luke, had paid for their beds before the police put in an appearance. A third man was a bona fide traveller from Geelong, and a fourth person who was in the bedroom was a nephew of the licensee. Mr. Murphy, P.M., said the bench agreed that the defendant had shown that the men referred to were on her premises for a lawful purpose, and the case against her would be dismissed. Cases against Luke and Steele for being found on licensed premises after prohibited hours were also dismissed.[2]

In September 1907 she was again in the City Court for having people on the premises, however the case was dismissed.[1]

In March 1908 there was a farewell dinner at the Redan Club Hotel for her son, Norman, who was leaving to go the Gold Coast of Africa:

A very pleasant few hours was spent at Mr P. M'Allister's Redan Club hotel on Wednesday evening, when several friends assembled to bid farewell to Mr Norman M'Allister, who sailed for London yesterday, en-route to the Gold Coast of Africa, where he will join his brother Victor. Mr E. E. Hobson occupied the chair. After the toast of “His Majesty the King,” the health of Mr M’Allister was proposed b the chairman, who referred in high terms to the many good qualities of their guest, who, he said, was a model son, and it was a great pity to see such Intelligent and energetic young men leaving our city. An excellent opening was however, held out to him, which he decided to accept, and he wished him every success and good health in the far distant land. The chairman’s remarks were supported by Messrs P. Johansen, J. Champion, J. M'Carthy, J. Connelly, and others. The chairman presented Mr M’Allister, on behalf of the company, with a breast pin made of Ballarat gold as a memento, of his native city, and from his mother, Mrs M'Allister, a hand some travelling bag, outfit, and rugs. After a pleasant, programme of singing, musical, items, and dancing, the company sang “Auld lang syne,” and wished good luck and bon voyage to their young friend.[3]

In June 1909 Elizabeth McAlister was declared insolvent:

AN INSOLVENCY CASE. The examination under the Insolvency Act in regard to the business affairs of Elizabeth M'Allister, formerly licensee of the Redan Club Hotel, Redan, was resumed on Monday before H. M. Murphy, P.M. Mr. Mark Lazarus appeared for Mr. E. L. Rentley, official assignee, and Mr. Long for insolvent. When the examination was adjourned about a fortnight ago it was desired that insolvent should give information in regard to certain sums of money. Counsel for the assignee now complained that insolvent had treated the request very lightly, as she had really produced no information. Mr. Long replied that both he and his client had gone to a lot of trouble in order to satisfy the court. A list had been prepared of profits and losses, but it was only founded on vouchers, many of which had been burnt, as it was believed they had been done with, and would not be required. His client was prepared to give every assistance to the court. The Police Magistrate: What is the use of saying that? She will not help the assignee or the court either. She is only blocking us. Mr. Lazarus resumed the examination of insolvent, who said she did not know where her income tax returns were. She kept no books, but her bills were audited. The P.M. (addressing insolvent): Oh, do tell us something. At the conclusion of a lengthy examination, Mr. Lazarus asked for a further adjournment in the hope of obtaining the information that was asked for. He would like an order signed by insolvent or the Commissioner of Income Tax to get her income tax returns. The Insolvent said she would sign the order if necessary, and she did so. The examination was then adjourned until Friday.[4]

The examination. under the Insolvency Act of Elizabeth M'Alister, formerly licensee of the Redan Club Hotel, Redan was concluded before. Mr. H. M. Murphy, P.M., on Friday at the city court. The insolvent gave further details regarding her business and private affairs prior to the sequestration of her estate. Mr. Lazarus, who appeared on behalf of the official assignee, said, in closing the examination, that further evidence would be taken in Melbourne, before Judge Mottle. The police magistrate refused to allow the insolvent expenses.[5]

AN INSOLVENTS FINANCIAL AFFAIRS. EXAMINATION CONCLUDED. The examination of Elizabeth M'Allester, licensee of the Redan Club hotel, who became insolvent in March last, was continued at the City Police Court yesterday. Mr Lazarus,, who appeared for the assignee, said that since the case had been adjourned a Savings' Bank book had been produced, which showed that £100 had been drawn, out. An income tax schedule had been produced, which showed that insolvent had been making a profit. Insolvent had distinctly denied having any Savings’ Bank account. Mr Long (for the insolvent)—She was asked "Have you any Savings’ Bank account?", and she said "No." She did not say she never had one. That book is dead, and the account was closed a couple of years ago. Elizabeth M‘Allester, continuing her evidence, said that the Savings’ Bank book produced was hers. On 6th January, 1906 she paid £100 in to the Savings Bank. On 15th January, 1907, she drew out £100 10s, being the deposit with interest. She placed this money in the Commercial Bank in the name of Victor M‘Allester. On the 13th January, 1908, she placed £100 on fixed deposit to the credit of Victor M’Allester. This money was the proceeds of money previously in her own name, but which had been sent to her by her son. This money had been in her name in the Commercial Bank in 1906 and 1907. Mr Lazarus —Did you ever bank any money in the name of Williamson ? Yes, that was years ago, when that was my name. Have you any money now in that name?—No. At this stage Mr Lazarus produced insolvent’s income tax schedule for 1006. Mr Long objected to the returns being used as evidence. The objection was upheld. Mr Lazarus—l propose, your Worship, to now close this examination, with a view to having the case removed to Melbourne, and heard before Judge Moule. Witness (to Mr Long)—In addition to having received money, from her sons through the Commercial Bank, she had received £272 altogether through Reuter. Since the last examination enquiries had been made from Reuter, and a list of moneys sent by her son had been obtained Mr Lazarus—Insolvent has already sworn that all the money she had received had come through the Commercial Bank. A list from Reuter’s was produced. Mr Lazarus—Why, this list is entirely outside the two years’ period. It covers from 1903 to 1906. Further, examination, on Reuter's documents was disallowed. At the request of Mr Long, a note was made of his objection to the documents being set on one side. Insolvent (to Mr Long)—The furniture of the Redan Club was insured for £3OO. She paid £5OO for the ingoing. She paid £220 cash, and the balance was secured by a £3OO lien on the furniture. She paid 7 per cent, interest and the insurance premium. The furniture was sold for £25 11s afterwards. She was thus paying interest on £3OO for furniture that was worth £25 11s. Mr Long proceeded to show that insolvent paid excessive rent for the Redan Club hotel, but was not allowed. Mr Murphy said that Mr Long had really no locus standi. It was purely an examination of the insolvent. Mr Long was only there to clear up any misunderstanding that might arise through the examination. Mr Long—But surely there is a misunderstanding here with regard to the excessive rent and interest paid by the insolvent. Mr Murphy—You are not entitled to ask further questions on that line. You cannot open up fresh matters. Witness, continuing, said the Brewing Company got £775 compensation for the house. Mr Long—What did Mr Millington and Mr Herman say to you when they waited on you?—They spoke about the compensation, and asked me to sign it over to them. Mr Herman asked me to give him an order to get the money from the Treasurer. I declined to do that, as I had other creditors. Mr Herman said, "I come in first." What was the last occasion on which you received money from Victor?—ln July. When did you first become unable to pay your debts ? —In July, 1905. The enquiry concluded at this stage, with a view to its being continued before Judge Moule in Melbourne. Mr Long asked for expenses for insolvent. Mr Murphy refused the request. He held that insolvent had not facilitated the enquiry in any way.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1907 'UNSUCCESSFUL LICENSING PROSECUTIONS.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1924), 17 September, p. 1, viewed 7 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147631767
  2. 1907 'NEW LICENSING ACT.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 30 January, p. 7. , viewed 24 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196165374
  3. 1908 'PERSONAL ITEMS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 March, p. 1. , viewed 29 Apr 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205459861
  4. 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 1 June, p. 11. , viewed 24 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196121536
  5. 1909 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 5 June, p. 14. , viewed 08 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196122727
  6. 1909 'AN INSOLVENTS FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 June, p. 3. , viewed 24 Jan 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article218780677

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