Patrick McGrath

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Patrick McGrath
Occupation Publican
Years active 1870
Known for Prince Alfred Hotel
Home town Learmonth

Patrick McGrath was a publican in Learmonth, <1870>.

History[edit | edit source]

McGrath held the license for the Prince Alfred Hotel in Learmonth.[1]

Following a suspected robbery at the hotel, McGrath captured the thieves:

On Tuesday last two men in company, one known to the police as Harry Powell, alias Page alias King, and the other as Robert Kerr, whose aliases are not as yet known, committed a daring robbery at the Prince Alfred Hotel, Learmonth, on Mr Peter M'Nally, a well-known resident and farmer at the Springs, Mount Bolton. It appears that on the evening of the day in question, on his return home, Mr M'Nally called at the hotel and partook of some refreshment. The two men now in custody were at the bar at the time, and got into conversation with M'Nally, and several rounds of drinks passed between them. Mr M'Nally shortly afterwards missed his watch and his purse, containing £4 in cash, which were observed by some other person in the bar to have been taken from M'Nally. The two men then made off, but Mr Patrick M'Grath, the landlord, on hearing what had occurred, shouldered his gun, and, after giving them chase for some distance, stopped their further progress. The police were immediately sent for, and the men given in charge, they and will have to appear to answer to the charges on Monday next.[2]

His son was born in October 1870:

M'GRATH.— On the 4th October, at the Prince Alfred Hotel, Learmonth, Mrs. Patrick M'Grath of a son. Both doing well.[3]

Redan[edit | edit source]

A Patrick McGrath also held the license for the Star of Erin Hotel in Redan in February 1882: He was charged for Sunday trading:

A Redan publican, named Patrick M'Grath, was summoned to yesterday's City court by Constable Biggs, to answer a charge of keeping his bar open on Sunday last. The prosecutor swore that he entered the hotel by the side door at about half-past twelve o'clock on Sunday morning, and found three men drinking. Mr Gaunt; who appeared for the defence, requested that statement to be taken down in writing, and then asked for an adjournment for a fortnight, for the production of those three persons, who would swear that they did not taste drink on Sunday, but had done so on Saturday night, and then remained talking with the hotelkeeper. The bench granted the adjournment.[4]

In June 1882 the license was transferred from Patrick McGrath to Frank Duggan.[5]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 February, p. 2. , viewed 01 Jan 2024,
  2. 1870 'THE LAND ACT.', Western Press and Camperdown, Colac, Mortlake and Terang Representative (Vic. : 1866-1867 ; 1870), 19 February, p. 3. , viewed 01 Jan 2024,
  3. 1870 'Family Notices', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 7 October, p. 2. , viewed 01 Jan 2024,
  4. 1882 'No Title', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), 11 February, p. 2. , viewed 05 Jun 2021,
  5. 1882 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 June, p. 4. , viewed 28 Feb 2021,

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