Robert McClelland

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Robert McClelland
Born 1842
Newtownards, County Down, Ireland
Died May 1918
Occupation Hawker
Years active 1874-1875
Known for Corn Exchange Hotel
Victoria Hotel
Orwell Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Catherine Innes
Children Robert John
Elizabeth Katherine
Mary Jane
William Joseph
  • John McClelland (father)
  • Jane McConnell (mother)

Robert McClelland was a publican in Ballarat, 1874-1875.

History[edit | edit source]

Robert was born about 1842 in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.

Departing Liverpool, he arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on Champion in 1860.[1]

He worked as a draper, and was injured in an accident in November 1866:

I AM sorry to inform you that, on Tuesday last, about ten o'clock, a serious accident happened to our old and respected friend, R. J. M'Clelland, licensed draper, whilst his two horses and spring cart were standing at a friend's door on the Jim Crow Road. Whilst Mr. M'Clelland was attending on some ladies, the horses took fright, but, before getting well off, their owner was clinging to their head. In a short time the cart came in contact with a tree, and over went cart, horses, and M'Clelland. But the latter, more hurt than frightened, still kept his hold of the reins; but, after another desperate turn over, the two horses broke away, and with the cart and goods went through the bush, "over the hills and far away." Mr. M'Clelland was seriously bruised and cut about the body, and had one deep laceration on the leg. It is a matter of wonder how he escaped with his life.[2]

In October 1867 he had to take legal action to recover debts:

Robert M'Clelland v. Mary Shannon, Goods £4 7s. 6d. Mr. King for plaintiff, Mr. Miller for defendant. Plaintiff was a licensed hawker, He had supplied the goods, shown on the account annexed to the summons, at various times, Could not remember the dates. It was since Shaw's death, and before defendant married again, Mr. Miller, for the defence, said there was no case at all, The executors should have been sued. The goods were all for the children. Mr. Lyon: You had better prove it. Plaintiff cross-examined by Mr. Miller: Nearly all the items in my account were for the children. Defendant referred the to the executors for payment at various times. I applied to them through their agent, who refused to pay me. Mr. Headland: The plaintiff has been continually asking me for payment of this account. I always refused to pay him. I suppose defendant sent him to me. I had no authority from the executors to pay the plaintiff. The Bench: The defendant certainly had no right to procure everything she thought proper, and ask the executors to pay for it, without any authority from them to get the goods. Have you got such authority? If not, you must be non-suited. Order for £4 7s. 6d., and costs, £1 6s, Mr. Miller applied for execution to be stayed, in order to allow him time to sue the executors in the County Court. Execution stayed for three months.[3]

McClelland was granted a hawker's license in Ballan in March 1868.[4]

At 29 years of age, a farm labourer, he married Catherine Innes, 22, on 6 October 1872 in Ballarat, Victoria. They were living at Mount Buninyong at the time of their marriage. Both were children of farmers.[5]

In 1874, McClelland took over the license of the Corn Exchange Hotel from Henry R. Kitchen.[6] In August 1875 he transferred the license to Conrad Tenbrink.[7]

Robert died at the age of 76 years in 1918 in Ballan[8]:

Mr Robert McClelland, who died on Monday last, aged 75 years, was well-known throughout this and the Bungaree districts. For many years he carried on agricultural pursuits in the Bungaree, Yaloak Vale, and Beremboke districts, but for some considerable time had resided in Ballan. The family at one time conducted the old Victoria and Orwell hotels, Ballan. Mrs McClelland died in November last. The funeral took place on Tuesday, at the Ballan new cemetery. Service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Welch. The coffin-bearers were Messrs W., R. and J. McClelland (sons) and P. Densley (son-in-law), the pall-bearers being Messrs D. K. Fraser, J. H. Walsh, M. O'Hehir, W. Williams, J. P. Hanrahan, J. Kennedy, R. Rowett, L. Anderson, P. Heath, .W. Dawson, and W. Gurney. The mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Messrs Hugh Evans & Son, of Ballarat East and Egerton.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc., 2009.
  2. 1866 'BALLAN.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1945), 10 November, p. 3. , viewed 25 Nov 2019,
  3. 1867 'BALLAN.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1945), 26 October, p. 2. , viewed 25 Nov 2019,
  4. 1868 'BALLAN.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1945), 14 March, p. 2. , viewed 25 Nov 2019,
  5. Victoria BDM Marriage 4237 1872 MCCLELLAND Robert = INNES Catherine
  6. 1874 'CITY LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 December, p. 4. , viewed 08 Mar 2017,
  7. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 August, p. 4. , viewed 04 Jul 2018,
  8. Victoria BDM Death 3662 1918 MCCLELLAND Robt Father's name Mcclelland Jno Mother's name Jane (Mcconnell) Place of death Ballan Age 76
  9. Obituary. (1918, May 16). Ballan Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved October 5, 2018, from

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