John Maher

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John Maher
Born c.1841
Died 17 June 1897
Occupation Publican
Years active 1874-1897
Known for Limerick and Templemore Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Ellen Fitzgerald
Children Mary Teresa (1875)
  • William Maher (father)
  • Mary Myhan (mother)

John Maher was a publican in Ballarat, 1874-1897.

History[edit | edit source]

John was born c.1841, the son of William Maher and Mary Myhan.[1]

Maher had the license for the Limerick and Templemore Hotel in Grant Street for 23 years.

He was married to Ellen Fitzgerald.

A daughter, Mary Teresa, was born in Ballarat in 1875.[2] Mary married publican John Hayes in 1901.[3]

A son, Thomas William, died in May 1876:

THE Friends of Mr JOHN MAHER are respectfully invited, to follow the remains of his late Son, Thomas William, to the place of interment, the Ballarat Old Cemetery. The funeral to move from his residence, Limerick and Templemore Hotel, This Day, at a quarter to 2 o’clock precisely. F. ATKINS, Undertaker, Bridge street, and Dawson street, opposite the Catholic Church.[4]

A son was born in October 1876:

Maher.—On the 3rd October, the wife Mr John Maher, of the Limerick and Templemore hotel, Grant street, of a son. Both doing well.[5]

In October 1880 he was elected as a member of the Ballarat District Licensed Victuallers' Association.[6]

He died on 17 June 1897:

MAHER.—On 17th June, at his late residence, Limerick and Templemore Hotel, John Maher; age 56 years. R.I.P.[7]

On Thursday last death removed another respected townsman in the person of the late Mr John Maher, of the Limerick and Templemore hotel, Grant street. For some time past, although naturally of a robust physique, he had not enjoyed the best health, but it was not till latterly that his indisposition manifested dangerous symptoms. During the 23 years he conducted the above business he earned the respect and esteem of a very large circle of friends by his many good qualities. All who were intimate with him admired him for his unobtrusive generosity and his geniality. Old members of the Eastern Fire Brigade—hardly any remain—will remember him as one of their comrades in “days of old.” Before becoming connected with business he was a respected servant of the Water Commission. In mining matters he evinced a practical interest up to the time of his death, and was one of those not afraid to pay calls to whom the development of the industry is due. Altogether he was a citizen of many sterling qualities.[8]

His estate was valued at £1042.[9]

After his death his wife Ellen took over the hotel license.[10]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1897, Ref. No. 4004.
  2. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1875, Ref. No. 6792
  3. Mary Teresa Maher, Victoria, Australia, Marriage Index, 1837-1950, 1901, Ref. No. 5101
  4. 1876 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 May, p. 3. , viewed 31 Oct 2022,
  5. 1876 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 5 October, p. 2. , viewed 29 Oct 2022,
  6. 1880 'BALLARAT DISTRICT. LICENSED VICTUALLERS’ ASSOCIATION.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 October, p. 3. , viewed 31 Oct 2022,
  7. 1897 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 June, p. 2. , viewed 31 Oct 2022,
  8. 1897 'OBITUARY NOTICES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 June, p. 3. , viewed 29 Oct 2022,
  9. John Maher, Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records, 1841-2009
  10. 1897 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 2. , viewed 01 Nov 2022,

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