Johanna Shelley

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Johanna Shelley
Born 1839
Clare, Ireland
Died March 1920
Occupation Publican
Years active <1888-1920
Known for Munster Arms
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Jeremiah Shelley

Johanna Shelley was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1888-1920.

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From her obituary:

One of the oldest and most deeply respected of the pioneers of Ballarat, Mrs Johanna Shelley, passed away yesterday morning at her residence, the Munster Arms Hotel, Victoria street, after a brief illness. Mrs Shelley was born in Clare, Ireland, in 1839. and 12 years after, came with her parents to Australia. She was consequently a resident of the State for 69 years. In 1869 she married Mr J. Shelley, then licensee of the Munster Arms Hotel, and in that house she resided till her death. For 57 years she carried on business in the hotel, a continuous period of tenure which has probably not been equalled by a licensee in the State. The deceased lady always conducted her business in a manner which won high ecomiums from the authorities, and when her periodical applications for renewal came before the Licensing Court her house always received most favorable mention from the inspector. At the time of the first local option poll in Ballarat East. Judge Casey made a personal inspection of the licensed houses, and subsequently made a statement that the Munster' Arms Hotel was one of the four best houses in the district. Mrs Shelley was a devout Roman Catholic and a prominent member of the congregation of St. Alipius. She attended Mass when it was celebrated in a tent, and with her husband took a prominent part in the movement which had as its successful outcome the erection of the present Church of St. Alipius. The deceased lady was of a most kindly and charitable disposition, and in her the needy and sick had always a warm friend, and her good deeds were always done unostentatiously. Mrs Shelley leaves a family of four vi„ Mr J. J. Shelley, Mrs Guthrie, Mrs P. F. Hennessy and Mrs C. F. Allen. Mr J. J. Shelley has been well-known in Ballarat tor many years as a prominent organiser of and worker for, successful woman Catholic movements and various societies connected with the church. It was owing mainly to his talents and evocative ability that several big fairs held to provide funds for various Roman Catholic edifices in Ballarat, proved so successful, while the work he has done in connection with numerous St. Patrick's Day demonstrations has been greatly appreciated by his co-religionists. A Requiem Mass for the deceased will be held at St. Alipius’ Church to-morrow morning at 9 and subsequently the funeral cortège will leave for the Old Cemetery.[1]

In June 1888, the Licensing Court reviewed the license of the hotel, of which Shelley was both licensee and owner.[2]

Her funeral in Ballarat on 20 March 1920 was a large affair, with many notable mourners including future Prime Minister, James Scullin:

OBITUARY. Shelley.— The funeral of the late Mrs. Johanna Shelley took place on Saturday morning, and the cortege was a lengthy and representative one. On Friday evening the remains of the deceased lady were removed from her residence,, the Munster Arms hotel, Victoria street, Ballarat East, to St. Alipius’ Church and placed in front of the altar. On Saturday morning a requiem mass was celebrated for the repose of her soul by the Very. Rev. Father J. Kerin, administrator of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in the presence of a very large congregation. As the casket containing the remains was borne from the church the “Dead March” was feelingly rendered on the organ by Miss Kathleen Meagan, the whole of the congregation standing. A guard of honor of the parishioners was formed through which the solemn procession passed from the church doors to the hearse. As the funeral proceeded on its way to the Ballarat Old Cemetery it was noticed that every hotel door was closed, as a mark of respect to the deceased, who was the oldest licensee in Ballarat. Prior to the funeral the bereaved family were the recipients of numerous expressions, telegrams and letters of sympathy. The casket bearers were Messrs P. T. Neylon, M. Doherty (Camperdown), C. Darcy (Alvie), P. P. Darcy (Beeac), nephews of the deceased, P. F. Hennessy and C. F. Allen (sons-in-law); and the pall-bearers and other representatives gentlemen present were Messrs Jas. J. Coghlan, J. Hussey, J. M'Grath, R. H. Moloney, W. T. Gunn, W. Wilson, M. Devine, F. Gwynne (representing St. Alipius’ congregation), T. F. M’Manamny (president), M. J. Harrington, (vice-president), P. J. Early (secretary), S. Brabner, P. Moloney (L.V.A.), P. W. Must (Cuthbert, Morrow, and Must), F. T. Kierce (secretary), A. W. Hager, M. Newton, J. Fraser J.P.. (representing St. Patricks festival committee, Mr J. J. Shelley being the assistant: secretary of the latter, V. Mooney (Goller and Cos.), W. White, J.P., (president Ballarat Orphanage), W. Barrett, Cr P. M’Guan, T. M'Cormack, A. A. Sherry (representing Nazareth House committee), J. Woolcock. J.P., W. Ratcliffe (representing Goodfellow and Co.), A. Kenny (superintendent Ballarat Orphanage) R. Witherden, M. Marrington (representing railway employes), W. and A. Haymes, T. A Holland, J. Harty (president). Tom M'Manamny (representing H.A.C.B. Society), H. J. Burke (president), W. Velton, W. Quinn (St. Alipius’ Club), ex-Senior-constable Rogers, P. C. Thornton (representing St. Patrick's Cathedral choir), Mat Healy (secretary), M. J. Carroll (treasurer), T. D. Hishon, (representing St. Vincent de Paul Society), T. E. Brophy (Brophy. Foley and Co.), H. Jones (Hugh Jones and B.), L. J. O'Keefe, J. H. Scullin. J. O’Day, P. Frawley (Bungaree), J. O’Loughlin (Dunnstown), A. Magill (Elliott and Magill), Jas. Lyons (Lyons and White), T. and J. Kenna (Warrenheip), J. Williams, T. J. Murphy, J. J. Perini (Cohen and Sons), T. Britnell, M. Gleeson (Brooks and Co.), H. Foord, T. Gray, J. G. and W. Swenson. J. Canny, W. Myles. A G. Allan. E. Drohan. J. Hastings, J Walsh, B. Filby, Peter Corby, and J. H. Le Cras. The Very Rev. Father J. Kerin officiated at the graveside, assisted by the Rev. Fathers D. A. Reidy, P.P., Ballarat East; M. M'Gloin and J. B. Roper, and the mortuary arrangements were carried out by Messrs Steve Wellington and Son.[3]

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  1. 1920 'PERSONAL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 March, p. 1. , viewed 28 Sep 2018,
  2. 1888 'VICTORIA STREET HOUSES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Sep 2018,
  3. 1920 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 March, p. 1. , viewed 19 Nov 2016,

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