John Ernest Jermyn

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John Ernest Jermyn
Occupation Publican
Years active 1920-1923
Known for Globe Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Children Leslie Jermyn

John Ernest Jermyn was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, 1920-1923>.

History[edit | edit source]

John Ernest Jermyn was the son of a Redan grocer, Ellis Jermyn and his second wife Elizabeth Treloar. They had a grocery business on the corner of Skipton and Rubicon Streets, where John was born in 1872.[1] His father had five children with his first wife, Alinda Walters, then another 11 with Elizabeth.

Jermyn held the license for the Globe Hotel in Skipton Street, Redan, and later the Royal Oak Hotel in South Street, Ballarat.

Jermyn took over the license for the Globe Hotel from John O'Donnell in March 1920.[2] This hotel was opposite his father's grocery store.

In January 1921, Jermyn's son, Leslie, was killed while playing in a mullock heap near the hotel:

Leslie Jermyn, aged eight years, and Kenneth Baxter, aged 12 years, yesterday, morning went to play at the old heaps at the Star of the East mine, which ceased operations some, years ago. These heaps are situated near the Yarrowee Creek, close to Sebastopol. The boys left their homes shortly after 10 o’clock, and secured a couple of picks, with which they began to dig in the debris. Not far from them were some other lads, who also were enjoying themselves playing in the sand. For some time everything went on safely, but suddenly there was an outcry from the spot where Jermyn and Baxter were digging away. A large portion of the heap had broken off from the main body, and it fell directly where the two lads were. It covered Baxter right up to the neck. Jermyn apparently was the nearer to the heap, and he was completely buried with the exception of his hands, which subsequently were seen protruding from the sand. Alan Wilkie, Reginald Brown and Frank Duggan at once set to work in the hope of getting out the two boys. They soon had Baxter free, and when he was released he was able to walk away. They also got the stuff off Jermyn with the exception of one large piece of mullock which weighed some 2 cwt. This had fallen right on the unfortunate little chap, and his death must have been instantaneous. Realising that the best thing to do next was to procure further assistance, the three boys ran and told Mrs Riley, who lives not far away. She informed her baker, who happened to call at that time, and they went across to the scene of the tragedy. Amongst those who quickly heard the news was Mr Jermyn, who is the licensee of the Globe Hotel at Redan. He lost no time in getting to the locality, and after some difficulty succeeded in removing the piece of mullock which had struck his son. Having done that he carried the body to his home. Meanwhile word of the mishap had been sent to Drs Donnelly and Spring, and they proceeded to Redan and tried restorative measures for some time without avail. Constable Blanchfield reported the distressing occurrence to the Coroner (Mr W. W. Harris), who has directed that an inquiry be held on Friday next. Much sympathy is expressed with the relatives of the little lad who was killed.[3]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hawkey, Collin, 'Ellis Jermyn',,
  2. 1920 'Country Hotel Transfers.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 9 March, p. 8. , viewed 27 Feb 2021,
  3. 1923 'FATAL FALL OF EARTH', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 January, p. 4. , viewed 24 May 2019,

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