John Haines

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John Haines
Born c.1814
Somerset, England
Died 13 July 1870
Occupation Publican
Years active 1867-1870
Known for Adelphi Hotel
Spouse(s) Maxwell Palma Ballantine
Children Thomas Maxwell Haines
Joseph Erskine Haines
Maria Elizabeth Haines
John Duncan Haines
  • Thomas Haines (father)
  • Mary (mother)

John Haines was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1870.

History[edit | edit source]

John Haines was born in Somerset, England, c.1814, the son of Thomas and Mary Haines.[1]

Haines had the license for the Adelphi Hotel in Sturt Street from 1867. In March 1867 he was called as a witness at the inquest into the suicide of Ballarat businessman John Smith Carver, held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel:

John Haines, landlord of the Adelphi Hotel, Sturt-street, deposed: Knew deceased, and heard, between eight and nine o'clock yesterday morning, that he had been found dead in his bed. Went for Dr. Whitcombe, who, up in arriving, remarked upon the strange position of the arm. Left Dr. Whitcombe in the house, and went for the police. Mr Carver resided with me seven months, but I saw no firearms in his possession. Sometimes Mr Carver was in very high spirits and sometimes very low. I last saw deceased alive on Monday evening, at out five o'clock. He called at my house, on his way home from a sale.[2]

He was declared bankrupt on 6 May 1870. Causes of insolvency are listed as business depression in Ballarat; depreciation in value of his property; pressure of creditors; continued ill-health; bad debts; seizure and sale of stock and effects. He has assets of £3 cash; and debts of £1252/2/5 - mainly for money lent, beer, wine etc. All but about £36/10/0 is due in Ballarat.[3]

Haines died three month later in Geelong:

HAINES.—On 13th July, 1870, at Geelong, of consumption, Mr. John Haines, aged 56 years, late of the Adelphi Hotel, Ballarat, and formerly of Bushy Park, Tasmania.[4]

He is buried in the Geelong Western Public Cemetery, PLOT: CEO-1-0040.[5]

His wife was living with her children at the American Hotel in Creswick when she died in August 1892:

HAINES -On the 13th inst, at her residence, American Hotel Creswick, Maxwell Palma, relict of the late John Haines after a lingering illness, aged 71 years. Home papers please copy.[6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1870, Ref. No. 6862
  2. 1867 'THE INQUEST.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), 25 May, p. 24. , viewed 24 Feb 2023,
  3. Ballarat Library, Cards of Insolvents, #2492
  4. 1870 'Family Notices', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 28 July, p. 1. , viewed 03 Jun 2017,
  5. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 28 January 2019), memorial page for John Haines (1814–13 Jul 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158111849, citing Geelong Western Public Cemetery, Geelong West, Greater Geelong City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by George Spadon (contributor 48254045)
  6. 1892 'Family Notices', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 20 August, p. 1. , viewed 20 Jan 2020,

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