Kent Brewery

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Kent Brewery
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Town Ballarat
Street Main Road
Known dates 1856-1857

The Kent Brewery was a brewery in Ballarat, <1856-1857>.

Site[edit | edit source]

The brewery was in Main Road.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The brewery made a non-alcoholic hop beer.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In 1856, Benjamin Tagwell's application for a license was delayed:

Mr Wigley applied for a license for Benjamin Tagwell for a building known as the Kent Brewery. The application was postponed until tomorrow in order that Mr Foster, who had inspected the premises, might be present.[2]

The Ballarat Star referred to the brewery in an article in 1889:

Apropos of cordials and the onetime favorite drink hop beer, I may mention the Kent Brewery of the early fifties in the old Main road. There were thirsty times in the hot months, and the diggers were “talented drinkers,” even the teetotal ones, and so hop beer brewing was what in the commercial dialect is called “a good line,’ Mrs Montgomery, who still lives in the Main road, informs me that some relatives of hers made £22,000 in three years at the Kent brewery, and then went home to England with their booty. [1]

The People[edit | edit source]

  • In 1856 H. Smith and Co., are listed as owners in the Geelong, Ballarat and Creswick's Creek Directory.[3]
  • In August 1856, Benjamin Tagwell applied for a license.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1889 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 2. (Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924)), viewed 25 Apr 2018,
  2. 2.0 2.1 1856 'POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 August, p. 2. , viewed 28 Jun 2019,
  3. The Geelong, Ballarat, and Creswick's Creek commercial directory and almanac for 1856 : with a map of Geelong, 1856.

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