Mary Ellen McCrae

From Hotels of Ballarat
Mary Ellen McCrae
Occupation Publican
Years active 1915
Known for Carbine Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) J. McCrae
Children Elsie May

Mary Ellen McRae was a publican in Ballarat, <1915.

History[edit | edit source]

McRae held the publican's license for the Carbine Hotel in Sturt Street, Ballarat, owned by Nora Flannery.

Her daughter was married in Fremantle in 1914:

A quiet wedding wars celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, Fremantle, on 11th April, the Rev. Father Flynn officiating. Miss Elsie May M'Crae, second youngest daughter of Mrs M'Crae and the late Mr J. M'Crae, of the Carbine hotel, Sturt street Ballarat, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr John Richmond Scobie eldest son of Mrs and Mr Scobie, of Kia Ora, Middle Park, Melbourne.[1]

The hotel was one of 40 closed by the License Reduction Board in 1915. The court paid £600 compensation to be shared between the publican and the owner.[2] It ceased trading at 9.30pm on 31 December 1915.[3]

Despite the compensation payments, McRae was declared insolvent 12 months later:

AN ABSENT INSOLVENT. BALLARAT. — An application was made to Judge Winneke in the Insolvency Court on Monday for the committal of Mrs. Mary M'Crae, of Melbourne, formerly occupier of the de-licensed Carbine Hotel, Sturt street. It was stated that every effort made in Melbourne to serve notice on insolvent to attend the court had failed. His Honor adjourned the matter until the next sittings of the court. Steps would be taken to ensure the attendance of Mrs. M'Crae.[4]

Mary Ellen M'Crae, formerly licensee of the Carbine hotel, Sturt street, Ballarat, and now of 10 Langridge street, Middle Park. Causes of insolvency- Falling off in the business of a hotelkeeper, lately carried on by her at the Carbine hotel. Liabilities, £247 17/5, assets, £110; deficiency, £137/17/5. T. R. Jones, official assignee.[5]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1914 'AFTERNOON TEA', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1882; 1914 - 1918), 4 July, p. 4. (DAILY.), viewed 08 Oct 2018,
  2. 1915 'LICENSING ACT 1915.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 November, p. 15, viewed 10 September, 2015,
  3. 1915 'DELICENSED', The Evening Echo (Ballarat, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 December, p. 4. (FOURTH EDITION), viewed 04 Feb 2018,
  4. 1916 'AN ABSENT INSOLVENT. ', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 10 October, p. 6. , viewed 08 Oct 2018,
  5. 1916 'NEW INSOLVENT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 December, p. 6. , viewed 08 Oct 2018,

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