George Redman

From Hotels of Ballarat
George Redman
Occupation Publican
Years active 1854-1889
Known for Golden Fleece Hotel
Red Lion Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Sulky Gully
Children Arthur

George Redman was a publican in the Ballarat district, <1854-1889>

History[edit | edit source]

George Redman built the wooden post office on the south west corner of Lydiard and Mair streets for £1600, the building now recreated at Sovereign Hill.[1]

He then took over the license of the Golden Fleece Hotel in Lydiard Street.[1] From at least 1861 to October 1889 George Redman was the publican of the Red Lion Hotel at Sulky Gully.[2][3]

His son, Arthur S. Redman, died in September 1870, and was buried in the Creswick Cemetery.[4]

In 1872 Redman reflected on some of his achievements:

Mr Redman, of Sulky Gully, claims to be a pioneer of note inasmuch as be helped to sink the first shaft timbered with sawn timber ; built the first post office in Ballarat; had the first lease of the Ballarat racecourse, and built the first parsonage. He was also the holder of the fourth' publican’s license, issued, which was for the Golden Fleece Hotel in Lydiard street.[5]

The Ballarat Star reported the sudden death of his wife at the hotel in October 1889:

Mrs Geo. Redman, wife of the landlord of the Red Lion hotel, Sulky Gully, died quite unexpectedly at an early hour this morning. The deceased, who was 67 years of age, awoke from sleep and complained of illness. Mr Redman, at her request, went for a neighbor, Mrs Bullock, who was in attendance as quickly as possible. Mrs Bullock found Mrs Redman on the floor in her nightdress. She appeared to have a choking sensation, and died soon after Mrs Bullock arrived at the house. Mr W. G. Spence, J.P., held a magisterial enquiry to-day, and found, on the testimony of Dr Lindsay, who had made a post-mortem, that the cause of death was chronic pericarditis, with effusion of serous fluid. There was fully a quart of fluid in the pericardium, the result of some previous inflammatory condition of the heart.[3]

In January 1891, Redman was fined £5 for having the door leading into bar open on Sunday.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1888 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 July, p. 4. , viewed 20 May 2016,
  2. 1861 'PUBLICANS' LICENSES.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 June, p. 2 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE STAR., viewed 9 July, 2014,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1889 'SUDDEN DEATH AT SULKY GULLY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 October, p. 3. , viewed 18 May 2016,
  4. 1870 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 September, p. 3. , viewed 20 May 2016,
  5. 1922 'FIFTY YEARS AGO.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 September, p. 2. , viewed 18 Feb 2020,
  6. 1891 'CRESWICK NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 January, p. 3. , viewed 13 Jun 2019,

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