Greenwell's Hotel

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Greenwell's Hotel
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Town Bulldog (later Illabarook)
Known dates 1871-1873

Greenwell's Hotel was a hotel in Illabarook, <1871-1873>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was on the Bulldog diggings, later renamed as Illabarook.

Background[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel may have started as a restaurant run by William Greenwell and his wife at Bulldog. He was fined for selling beer without a license in December 1867:

John Robertson v William Greenwell, do; Mr Bell, for the defendant, took objection that the summons did not state the name of the informer, Mr M'Dermott held that such was unnecessary. The bench intimated that the defendant could have seen the information it he had wished to do so. Simpson deposed that on 6th December he was at the defendant's place, the Bulldog restaurant, and had a glass of beer, and Stockton had another; paid one shilling for the drinks to a female, whom he believed to be Mrs Greenwell. Witness and his mate had other drinks, and the female, in referring to the size of the glass, said that her customers called them "buckets." The shire revenue-officer pointed out the house to witness. Mr Bell, at considerable length, cross-examined this witness, but did not elicit any contradictions. Stockton gave corroboratory evidence, showing that both informers had dined at the restaurant in question, and had each a glass of ale given to them at dinner. The other two glasses of beer had been got afterwards, and paid for by Simpson. On cross-examination, witness said that he and his mate had after dinner at the restaurant, before starting, been reading for some time. Mr M'Dermott suggested that it had been temperance tracts that had been lying about the restaurant. Mr Bell thought that as the case was a mild one there ought to be no costs given. Mr M'Dermott said he saw no mildness about the case, unless the beer had been mild, and they had drawn it mild. He thought it one of the worst cases on the list; the defendant ought to have been a model to others, he (counsel) had no doubt he was an elder in the church; fined £5 and 21s costs, in default, 14 days' imprisonment; execution stayed for a month.[1]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

In February 1873 a newspaper report briefly that Mr. Turner met electors at the hotel.[2]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In June 1871 Adelaide Greenwell was granted a publican's license at the Piggoreet Licensing Court in June 1871 for an unspecified hotel at Bulldog.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 12 May 2023,
  2. 1873 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 February, p. 2. , viewed 11 May 2023,
  3. 1871 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 June, p. 3. , viewed 24 Feb 2020,

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