Frank Carey

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Frank Carey
Born New York, America
Nationality American
Occupation Restaurant owner
Sly grog seller
Years active 1854-1861
Known for Excelsior Restaurant
American Hotel
Home town Ballarat

Frank Carey was a publican in Ballarat, <1854-1861>.

History[edit | edit source]

Carey was the owner of the Excelsior Restaurant in 1854, in partnership with John Kelly. It was near Mrs Sarah Hanmer's theatre at Red Hill. In September 1854 Carey was imprisoned for six months for sly grog selling, but was given a conditional pardon after one month. Apparently Carey would not bribe the officials. The Government tried to make his release conditional on a promise of no further involvement. Carey was later pardoned to mollify the Americans.[1] He was a participant in the Eureka Stockade Battle.[2] :

Saturday's Ballarat Times and today's Argus have brought before the public a question which is likely to evoke some angry feelings before it is settled, namely, the treatment which Americans have received at His Excellency's hands, compared to that which other "foreigners" and British-born subjects have had to submit to. The circumstances are these :-Frank Carey, an American, was proprietor of the Excelsior Restaurant here. He was brought before the Bench and fined for sly grog selling. Owing to some ill-will on the part of that worthy, Sergt. Major Milne, Carey was again brought before the Bench, and for a second offence sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Geelong. His case was brought under the notice of His Excellency, and Carey was liberated. The notification of this fact was accompanied with praise to the American colonists for their general good behaviour. It was said that His Excellency was disposed to make his pardon conditional on a promise that Americans should not interfere in colonial agitations, but Carey would not submit to the condition, and was at length liberated without any proviso.[3]

In June 1858, Carey was granted the license for the Bridge Inn.[4]

In 1859 Carey was publican at the American Hotel in Main Road, six doors from the south west corner with Barkly Street.[5][6][7][8][9] In July 1861 he was granted a night license for the hotel.[10]

In October 1861 he transferred his license to the All Nations Hotel.[11] He had left by June 1862.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Eureka Research Directory.
  2. Eureka Research Directory.
  3. 1855 'BALLARAT.', Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), 24 January, p. 2. (DAILY), viewed 23 Jul 2018,
  4. 1858 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 16 June, p. 2. , viewed 01 Dec 2019,
  5. 1859 'AFTERNOON SITTINGS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 June, p. 3. , viewed 05 Sep 2019,
  6. Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 18, 1943, Ballarat
  7. 1860 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 2. , viewed 06 Dec 2019,
  8. 1860 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 21 Dec 2018,
  9. 1861 'LICENSING SESSIONS.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 23 May, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 06 Jun 2024,
  10. 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 11 July, p. 1. (SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR.), viewed 01 Jun 2018,
  11. 1861 'EASTERN POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 29 October, p. 1 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR, viewed 27 February, 2014,

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