Richard Wrathall

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Richard Wrathall
Born 1831
Middlesex, England
Died 8 February 1908
Ballarat, Victoria
Nationality English
Occupation Coach driver
Years active 1862-1869
Known for Oddfellows' Hotel
Home town Smythesdale
Spouse(s) Eliza Ann Nichollias
  • Stephen Wrathall (father)
  • Mary Ann Walker (mother)

Richard Wrathall was a publican in Smythesdale, Victoria, <1862-1869>.

History[edit | edit source]

Richard Wrathall was born in 1831 in Middlesex, England, one of nine children of Stephen Wrathall (butcher), born in 1779 in Yorkshire and died 24 October 1872, Hobart, Tasmania, and Mary Ann Walker, born 1792 and died 26 February 1852.[1] Richard married Eliza Ann Nichollias, born in 1838 in Hobart, Tasmania, and died 1919 in Cheltenham, Victoria.[1] They married on 8 February 1858 in Hobart, Tasmania.[2] Richard and Eliza had 10 children[1]:

  • Mary Ann Wrathall, born 2 December 1860, Smythesdale, Victoria, died 16 December 1897, Geelong, Victoria.[3]
  • Isabella Wrathall, born 1862, Smythesdale, Victoria[4]
  • Lily Wrathall, born 1864, Smythesdale, Victoria
  • Anna Maria Wrathall, born 1866, Smythesdale, Victoria
  • Edith Barbara Wrathall, born 1869, Smythesdale, Victoria[5]
  • Arthur Wrathall, born 1872, Smythesdale, Victoria
  • Alfred Ernest Wrathall, born 1874, Smythesdale, Victoria
  • David Wrathall, born 1876, Smythesdale, Victoria[6]
  • Adeline Wrathall, born 1879, Smythesdale, Victoria
  • Pricilia Maud Wrathall, born 1881, Ballarat, Victoria

Wrathall was the publican of the Oddfellows' Hotel in Smythesdale from at least July 1862 to January 1869.[7][8][9][10]

Wrathall also worked for his brother, Henry Wrathall, who ran a coach service between Ballarat and Smythesdale. In December 1862 the two brothers got into a fight with another rival coach driver, O'Conor. As part of the insults flung at each other during the fight, O'Conor accused the Wrathall's father of being a convict. Richard testified that:

O'Conor said my brother had the marks of the irons on his legs as my old father and all of us had. My brother called him a -- liar, and he said my brother was a -- jumped up liar.[11]

In May 1863, Wrathall was found guilty of assaulting a man who had thrown a piece of wood at his pigeon-house:

Ky Long v Richard Wrathall, for assault; Mr Stoker for the defendant. The complainant deposed that the defendant knocked him down, afterwards kicked him in the mouth, and threatened to kill him. To Mr Stoker- This occurred on Friday last. I was not throwing anything at the defendant's pigeon-house, I was looking for my pigeons. I was there on the previous Wednesday. I threw some pieces of wood at the pigeons. Two of my pigeons were there. Louis Satnger deposed that he examined the complainant and found one tooth apparently knocked out, and wounds on the face, which, might have been caused by the heel or toe of a boot, or some other hard substance; fined 30s and 26s 6d costs.[12]

In January 1865 a charge of furious driving was dropped when Wrathall agreed to pay costs.[13] In June 1865, Wrathall was again charged with furious driving:

John Lewis-v Richard Wrathall, furious driving; Mr Lewis for the plaintiff, and Mr Finn for the defendant. The plaintiff stated that on Friday, 16th inst., he was proceeding from Sebastopol to Ballarat with his wife and child in a spring-cart, and when a little distance from the Redan bridge, the defendant, who was coming up behind with his coach, whipped his horses into a furious gallop, evidently for the purpose of racing with another coach, and drove right into witness' cart. A young man who was driving the cart corroborated the plaintiff's evidence. Mr Finn applied for a remand, so that the defendant might be enabled to bring forward in his behalf one of the passengers by the coach. Remanded until Saturday.[14]

In November 1867, Henry Wrathall was involved in an altercation with a rival coach line, and claimed his brother Richard would beat the rival coach driver up:

Samuel M'Cormick v Henry Wrathall, for an assault, on 29th October, at the Banner of War hotel, on the Smythesdale and Ballarat road. Mr M'Cormick appeared for the complainant, and Mr John M'Dermott for the defendant. Seven witnesses were called in the case. From the evidence adduced it appeared that on the day in question the complainant and the defendant had an altercation in Ballarat respecting a collision which had taken place between Veal's coach and Wrathall's, and that the same afternoon, when the complainant, who was driving for Mr Veal, arrived at the Banner of War hotel with his coach, the defendant's driver was already there with Mr Wrathall's coach, and that the defendant himself was also there; and further, that in reference to the anticipated row that evening, he was offering to bet £5 that his brother would hammer M'Cormick. When M'Cormick came forward with the coach Richard Wrathall went up to him and asked him why he had been calling him names. The complainant denied that he had, and said whoever told him so was a liar. This exasperated the defendant, who was within hearing of the two drivers, and the defendant, making use of some gross language, went forward and caught the complainant by the trousers, or the legs, to pull him off the seat to fight. The complainant was unwilling to leave his horses; besides, a female who was on the box-seat along with him helped to hold him from going down. In the meantime, a Ballarat lady, Mrs Faulkner, who was travelling by Veal's coach with, a child aged eight months, was, almost frightened into hysterics, and there was consider able uproar and confusion, the lives of the passengers being considered by some of the witnesses to be endangered. The bench intimated it had no doubt the complainant had acted improperly, but still the other driver had no right to commence as he had done when the complainant was in charge of horses. His worship further remarked that he almost felt inclined to dismiss the case, only that Mr Wrathall not long ago brought up a passenger for using filthy language, and as the man had been fined in that instance it would not be justice to overlook a like offence. The defendant, being a coach proprietor himself, ought to have known belter than to interfere with the drivers, and any provocation he might have received in Ballarat did not justify him; fined £5, and £2 2s costs.[15]

In May 1866 his clothesline, and his clothes, went missing:

On the morning of Wednesday, 23rd May a clothes line belonging to Mr Richard Wrathall of the Oddfellows' hotel, Smythesdale and Ballarat road, with nearly two pounds worth of wearing apparel on it, was carried away. The police have the matter in hands.[9]

On 4 January 1867 his son was rescued from a water hole:

On 4th January, a little boy, belonging to Mr Richard Wrathall, of the Oddfellows' hotel, Ballarat and Smythesdale road, fell into a water-hole about fifteen feet in depth. Assistance being at hand, the boy was immediately rescued comparatively unharmed.[16]

Listed as a new insolvent in February 1870:

Richard Wrathall, Smythesdale, miner. Causes of insolvency—Falling off in business as a hotel-keeper, want of employment, and sickness. Liabilities, £71 3s 11d; assets, £2; deficiency, £69 3s 11d.[17]

In March 1870, Wrathall was declared insolvent at the Insolvency Court in Geelong.[18]

In December 1870 Wrathall was in court for a domestic dispute:

On Monday, Richard Wrathall, Smythesdale, was on an information laid by his own wife, brought before the local police magistrate, and was ordered to find bail to keep the peace for the next six months himself in a surety of £l00, and two other sureties in £50 each.[19]

In March 1871 his wife took legal action against him in the Smythesdale Court:

Eliza Ann Wrathall v Richard Wrathall, an application for a protection order under the Matrimonial Statute; granted.[20]

In August 1874, Wrathall was a witness in an inquest into the suicide of William Dunster in the police lockup at Smythesdale. Wrathall had sat in the cell with Dunster who was locked up for being danger to himself. Dunster later cut his throat, but Wrathall was unable to provide any information as to where Dunster might have obtained the knife.[21]

In October 1877, Wrathall was charged with having failed to send his children to school, however he did not appear in court:

Same v Richard Wrathall, for a similar offence. The defendant did not appear, having absconded to New South Wales, leaving his wife and family behind. Postponed for a month, to find out the husband.[22]

Richard Wrathall died in Ballarat on 8 February 1908.[1][23]

Wrathall's wife died in 1919:

WRATHALL.—On the 23rd November, at Cheltenham, Eliza Ann, relict of the late Richard Wrathall, of Smythesdale, dearly beloved mother of Stephen, Mrs. D. Angri, Ernest, David, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Disher, aged 84 years. (Privately interred Melbourne General Cemetery, 25th November.) Father and mother reunited.[24]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Miles, Anissa, Richard Wrathall of Victoria (and Descendants),
  2. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  3. Asutralian Birth Index, Victoria, 1860, Ref. No. 19754
  4. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1862, Ref. No. 17597
  5. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1869, Ref. No. 18784
  6. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1876, Ref. No. 12324
  7. 1862 'SMYTHESDALE POLIGE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 July, p. 4. , viewed 11 Nov 2018,
  8. 1862 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 2 September, p. 1. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  9. 9.0 9.1 1866 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 May, p. 2. , viewed 01 Jan 2017,
  10. 1869 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 January, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  11. 1862 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 3 December, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  12. 1863 'SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 4 May, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  13. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 January, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  14. 1865 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 June, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  15. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 November, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  16. 1867 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 January, p. 2. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  17. 1870 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 February, p. 3. , viewed 25 Feb 2021,
  18. 1870 'GEELONG INSOLVENT COURT.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 26 March, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  19. 1870 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 6 December, p. 2. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  20. 1871 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 March, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  21. 1874 'SUICIDE AT SMYTHESDALE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 August, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  22. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 October, p. 4. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,
  23. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1908, Ref No. 12443
  24. 1919 'Family Notices', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 29 November, p. 17. , viewed 02 Jul 2017,

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