Joseph Gundry

From Hotels of Ballarat
Joseph Gundry
Died 1886
Occupation Mine Manager
Years active 1876-1878
Known for Unicorn Hotel
Spouse(s) Ellen Upjohn

Joseph Gundry was a publican in Ballarat, 1876-1878.

History[edit | edit source]

In September 1860, Gundry is listed as competing in a foot race at Browns:

Grand Foot Race for £100. JUNCTION HOTEL, BROWN'S DIGGINGS. A Foot Race between Edward Mills and Joseph Gundry, FOR ONE HUNDRED POUNDS, Will come off at the above Hotel on SATURDAY. THE 8TH INST. Distance -TWO HUNDRED YARDS.[1]

Gundry married Ellen Upjohn in Geelong on 26 December 1869:

GUNDRY—UPJOHN.—On the 26th December, at Christ Church, Geelong, by the Rev. George Goodman, Joseph Gundry, Esq., of Alexander, to Ellen, second daughter of the late William Upjohn, Great Malop street, Geelong.[2]

In January 1871, Gundry, described as a mine manager, was charged with breach of promise, probably because he was already married:

Breach of Promise.— A young girl named , Riordan, formerly a servant in the Earl of Zetland hotel, Swanston street, has commenced an action for breach of promise of marriage, claiming damages, £500, against Joseph Gundry, a mining manager. Defendant was a lodger in the house, and it is alleged a criminal intimacy took place between them, the result, being that a child was born. Proceedings were taken for maintenance, and Gundry has now to pay a few shillings every week for its support. The evidence for the plaintiff is said to be very strong.[3]

Gundry applied for the license for the Unicorn Hotel, in Sturt Street, Ballarat, in March 1876:

Notice of application for a publican's LICENSE— To the Licensing Magistrates at Ballarat— I; JOSEPH GUNDRY, of Ballarat, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will at the next Licensing Meeting apply for a PUBLICAN'S LICENSE for a house situate at Sturt street, Ballarat, containing twenty rooms exclusive of those required for the use of the family, and known as the Unicorn Hotel, in lieu of a transfer held by me. The 6th day of March, A.D., 1876. JOSEPH GUNDRY.[4]

In April 1878, Gundry was declared insolvent:

An, examination meeting in the insolvent estate of Joseph Gundry was held on Thursday, and was watched with the keenest interest by a number of Ballarat tradesmen. Mr Finlayson for the trustee (Mr F. Parker) subjected the insolvent and his brother-in-law (F. J. Upjohn) to a long and severe cross-examination.[5]
In re Joseph Gundry.—Examination sitting. Mr Finlayson for the trustee in the estate (Mr P. Parker), Mr C. M. Watson on behalf of the witness Upjohn, and Mr Gaunt to watch the case for the insolvent. F. J. Upjohn, the brother-in-law of the Insolvent, and the present licensee of the Unicorn hotel, stated that Gundry had sold him the goodwill, stock-in-trade, and license of the 'Unicorn hotel for £73. He gave Gundry £10, and the £63 to a bailiff for rent, and Gundry never bought or sold goods for him afterwards. He purchased everything in the hotel not included in McDonald's bill of sale. He had opened negotiations for the transfer of the hotel by pressing Gundry for £200 he had lent him, Gundry then recommended him to take the Unicorn, which he had done. Before he came to Ballarat, on the 13th March, he was a horse-dealer in Geelong, and had never had a banking account before. In 1875 he lent Gundry £130, and after the 13th March Gundry gave him a mortgage. Joseph Gundry stated that immediately prior to his insolvency he had ordered no tea from Mr Farquhar. A chest of tea, was ordered some time before. He then detailed his arrangements with his brother-in-law, the witness Upjohn, and said that he left this tea for Mr Upjohn. He continued, “My wife had a bank account, but I, had no business account. I had a trust account for a sweep on the Melbourne Cup. I have given l business cheques out of this when pushed. In this account are included cheques I have paid in for Mr M'Donald, a bookmaker. In this sweep the first prize was £165. My ordinary business-account was in my wife’s name, because I was an uncertificated insolvent. I also gave my brother-in-law my interest in a mining-race while he was in Geelong. I transferred this to him, but I am not sure that I told him I had done so. I did it as he asked me to give him something in the form of money. He was satisfied, but I don’t think the interest worth sixpence. My brother-in-law lent me £130 cash in Geelong, and that I gave to Mr Magor to buy the Unicorn business for me. The cheques marked A. M’Donald, referred to a book-maker’s business. I recently ordered goods from Rogers, the draper, a rug and an umbrella. A week or so prior to my insolvency I ordered trousers and vest from Smith and Hardie, and some from Allender and White. I sold my watch to Thos. Gregory, a bookmaker, for £15, a few days before I filed my schedule. My takings for the last two or three months have been paid away to different people." The insolvent was then examined as to his bookkeeping, and his transactions, with Mr M‘Donald of Geelong. This closed the examination.[6]

By December 1881 he had taken over the Golden Fleece Hotel in Temora, New South Wales.

JOSEPH GUNDRY (Late of the Unicorn Hotel, Ballarat) Begs to inform the public of Temora, that he has become the Proprietor of the GOLDEN FLEECE HOTEL, recently kept by Mr. W. Wesley, and that he has introduced a new feature in the business by establishing a BOTTLE DEPARTMENT, where all Liquors of the Choicest Brands are sold in SINGLE BOTTLES at WHOLESALE PRICES. The Trade liberally dealt with. Schweppe's Soda, Ginger Ale, &c, &c. Cocktails, John Collins', and other fancy drinks. COUNTER LUNCH FROM 11 a.m, to 1 p.m. Colonial and Intercolonial papers kept on file.[7]

Gundry died in Queensland in 1886, where he had the license for the River Hotel at Dickabram, about 32 kms north west of Gympie:

Ellen Gundry was granted a transfer of the license for the River Hotel, Dickabram, formerly held by her late husband, Joseph Gundry.[8]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1860 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 September, p. 3. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  2. 1869 'Family Notices', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 31 December, p. 28. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  3. 1871 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 January, p. 2. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  4. 1876 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 8 March, p. 3. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  5. 1878 'NEWS AND NOTES', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 April, p. 2. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  6. 1878 'INSOLVENCY COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 12 April, p. 4. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  7. 1881 'Advertising', The Temora Star (NSW : 1881 - 1883; 1899 - 1906; 1914; 1925; 1933), 17 December, p. 1. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,
  8. 1886 'LOCAL NEWS', Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), 10 June, p. 2. , viewed 21 Aug 2017,

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