Mortimer Cremin

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Mortimer Cremin
Born c.1861
Died 30 September 1893
Occupation Publican
Years active 1887-1893
Known for Seven Stars Hotel
North Grant Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Mary Ann Pyne
Children Margaret (1888)
James (1889)
Cornelius Pat (1892)

Mortimer Cremin was a publican in Ballarat, <1887-1893.

History[edit | edit source]

Cremin was born c.1861, the son of Cornelius Cremin and Margaret Collins.[1] He arrived in Australia on 31 March 1884, on the Haverton, from London.[2]

He married Mary Ann Pyne in 1887.[3]

Cremin had the license for and owned the Seven Stars Hotel.[4] He purchased the hotel in mid 1887:

FRIDAY. 3rd JUNE, At 12 o’clock, On the Premises, the Seven Stars Hotel, Humffray street. HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND EFFECTS. FREEMAN and CRABBE has been favored with instructions from the Executrix (on account of having sold the property to Mr Mortimer Cremin), to sell by public auction (by their T. A. Freeman), The whole of the FURNITURE, &c., contained therein consisting of—Tables, chairs, bagatelle table, pictures, clocks, single and double iron bedsteads, bedding, cedar washstands and ware, chest drawers, crockery, glassware, cooking utensils, and sundries, too numerous to mention. Terms—Cash. Absolute Sale.[5]

Cremin was given permission to continue the hotel business under the existing license:

Mortimer Cremin was authorised to carry on the business of the Seven Stars hotel, Humffray street, until the expiration of the license granted to the late Thomas Heyden.[6]

A daughter, Margaret, was born in 1888.[7]

He took over the license of the North Grant Hotel in Bridge Street in October 1889.[8].

His son James, died at the hotel in October 1890:

CREMIN - On the 8th October, at North Grant hotel, Bridge street, James infant son of Mortimer and Mary Cremin, aged 15 months.[9]

In June 1891 Cremin was charged after a temperance advocate claimed a barmaid at the hotel had served people who were already drunk. The case was dismissed because of contradictory evidence.

Another son, Cornelius Pat, was born in 1892.[10]

The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1893 and in July Cremin asked for a change of his license conditions:

Mr Mortimer Cremin, licensee of the North Grant hotel, Bridge street, applied for permission to have a second bar when the premises were re-built. The application was granted.[11]

Cremin died in September 1893:

The friends of Mr Mortimer Cremin, licensee of the North Grant hotel, corner of Bridge and Peel streets, will regret to learn of his death, which occurred at 10 o’clock on Saturday morning. The deceased, who had been in bad health for some time, suffering from disease of the kidneys, was attended to by Dr Woinarski, who, however, hold out no hope of his recovery. A consultation with Dr Fitzgerald, of Melbourne, confirmed the opinion of Mr Cremin’s medical adviser, and death ensued as above stated. Mr Cremin, who was 32 years of age, was a successful business man, and his kind and genial nature had made for him hosts of friends.[12]

CREMIN. — On the 30th ult., at his residence, Ballarat, Mortimer Cremin, late of the Seven Stars and North Grant hotels.[4]

CREMIN.— The Friends of the late Mr MORTIMER CREMIN are respectfully invited to follow his remains to their last resting place, Ballarat New Cemetery. The funeral will leave his late residence, off Victoria street, near Caledonian Bridge, Ballarat East, This Day (Monday), at 3 p.m. STEPHEN WELLINGTON, Undertaker, 144 Sturt street, one door from Dawson street, and opposite Adelphi Hotel.[13]

The funeral was a large affair:

The funeral of the late Mr Mortimer Cremin, licensee of the North Grant hotel, took place yesterday, the remains being interred in the Ballarat New Cemetery. There was in the funeral cortege sixty private and public vehicles. The coffin-bearers were Messrs J. M'Carthy, W. White, J. Michaels, and Tom Jones; and the pall-bearers Messrs E. Murphy, M.L. A., J. P. Daley, R. T. Hager, M. Cassells, W. Glenn, W. Jenkins, J. Noonan, and D. M'Donald. The Rev. Father M'Elligett officiated at the grave. Mr Stephen Wellington was the undertaker.[14]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1893, Ref. No. 8646
  2. Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports). Microfiche VPRS 7666, copy of VRPS 947. Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Victoria.
  3. Australian Marriage Index, Victoria, 1887, Ref. No. 598
  4. 4.0 4.1 1893 'Family Notices', Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), 7 October, p. 11. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  5. 1887 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 June, p. 3. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  6. 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 June, p. 2. , viewed 03 Aug 2019,
  7. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1888, Ref. No. 472
  8. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 26 October, p. 2. , viewed 02 Apr 2017,
  9. 1890 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 October, p. 2. , viewed 31 Jul 2017,
  10. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1892, Ref. No. 19676
  11. 1892 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 July, p. 2. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  12. 1893 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 October, p. 4. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  13. 1893 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 October, p. 3. , viewed 30 Jul 2017,
  14. 1893 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 October, p. 4. , viewed 31 Jul 2017,

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