George Wilson

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George Wilson
Born c.1831
Died 15 February 1893
Occupation Storekeeper
Years active 1881-1893
Known for Sir William Don Hotel
Home town Creswick
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Theresa Larkin
Children Priscilla (1887)
George (1891)

George Wilson was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1881-1893.

History[edit | edit source]

Wilson was married to Elizabeth Theresa Larkin on 14 July 1885:

Wilson—Larkin. —On the 14th July, at “Gunyah," Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, George Wilson, of Ballarat, to Elizabeth (Lil.), eldest daughter of the late James Larkin, of Carlton, Melbourne.[1]

They had several children including:

  • Priscilla (1887), Ballarat East.[2]
  • George (1891), Ballarat East.[3]

In January 1893 the newspaper reported on Wilson's illness:

The many friends of Mr G. Wilson, who some years ago kept the Bridge Store at Creswick, but who for the past 12 years has been the licensee of the Sir William Don hotel, will regret to hear that he is confined to his room, suffering from an affection of the liver and kidneys. Mr Wilson was last evening slightly better, but his medical attendant, Dr Holthouse, is still greatly concerned about his condition.[4]

Wilson died in Ballarat on 15 February 1893[5]:

WILSON.— On the 15th February, at his late residence, Sir William Don Hotel, Dana street, George, the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Wilson, aged 62 years.[6]

WILSON. —The Friends of the late Mr GEORGE WILSON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Creswick Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, the Sir William Don Hotel, corner of Ascot and Dana streets, on Friday, the 17th instant, at 12 o'clock, and will pass through Creswick about 2 o’clock.[7]

After his death the hotel license was transferred to his executor, William Davis of Creswick. In September 1893 the license was transferred from Davis to Eliza T. Wilson.[8]

In July 1893 his cottage in Mair Street was put up for auction:

FRIDAY, 7th JULY, At half-past 12 o’clock, On the ground. A NEAT COTTAGE, In the choicest part of Mair street, OF Five rooms, kitchen, stable and coach-house, and fernery, between Pleasant and Ripon streets. The property of the late Mr George Wilson. Frontage, 66 feet by 148 feet to right-of-way at rear. For Absolute Sale, To wind up Estate. THE BALLARAT TRUSTEES EXECUTORS & AGENCY COMPANY, Limited, instructed by Mr William Davies, executor in the estate of the late Mr George Wilson, will submit at auction, as above. The late Mr George Wilson's FREEHOLD, being allotments 12 and 13 of section 43, City of Ballarat, containing 36 perches, having a frontage of 100 links to Mair street by a depth of 225 links to a right-of-way at rear. The improvements consist of excellent five roomed weatherboard cottage, iron roof, detached kitchen, good two-stall stable and buggy-shed, and fowlhouse. There is an excellent flower and fruit garden, and the yard is complete with conveniences. The house in so situate that buildings could be erected, if required, in the front and back without making the garden or yard too small. Title—Crown grant J. NOBLE WILSON, Auctioneer.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1885 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 August, p. 2. , viewed 19 Jan 2019,
  2. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1887, Ref. No. 8278
  3. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1891, Ref. No. 475
  4. 1893 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 January, p. 2. , viewed 14 Sep 2019,
  5. Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591
  6. 1893 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 February, p. 2. , viewed 19 Jan 2019,
  7. 1893 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 February, p. 3. , viewed 19 Jan 2019,
  8. 1893 'TRANSFERS OF LICENSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 September, p. 3. , viewed 18 Jan 2019,
  9. 1893 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 July, p. 3. , viewed 19 Jan 2019,

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