Selina Sherwood

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Selina Sherwood
Born Selina Simmons
Died 29 January 1897
Barry's Reef
Occupation Publican
Years active 1875-1897
Known for Robin Hood Hotel
London Hotel
Home town Blackwood
Spouse(s) F. W. Sherwood
Children Clara Cook (adopted)
  • Simmons (father)

Selina Sherwood was a publican in Blackwood, Victoria, <1875-1897.

History[edit | edit source]

Selina Simmons was born in 1825.[1]

In February 1872 she had a man charged with fraud for not paying his debts:

COURTS OF PETTY SESSIONS. BLACKWOOD. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16. (Before C. Shuter, Esq., P.M.) Sherwood v. Beaumont, Fraud Summons. Henry Beaumont, sworn, said: I am a digger, residing at Barry's Reef, Selina Sherwood obtained a verdict against me for .£4 13s, with 2s, costs. I have not paid the money. I have no means except what I got from mining. The furniture in my house belongs to Mrs. Williams, storekeeper, Barry's Reef. I was compelled to give it to her as security for goods. I received money from home about five months ago; did not borrow 5s. from you, and say I was going to get a draw from the Bank. Mrs. Sherwood, to the Court: I want possession of my house. Beaumont: The house is not hers, Mrs. Sherwood: Oh, you story teller. Mr. Shuter, to defendant : There is a prima facie case the house is hers. You acknowledge the agreement to pay her rent for it. Will you give her possession of the house ? Beaumont, after a little hesitation, said, I will give her possession in a week. Mr. Shuter: When will you pay her ? Beaumont: I am in the position of other diggers ; I could not say. Mr. Shuter: Could you not state a time. Beaumont: In four months. Mr. Shuter : That is a long time. Adjourned for a fortnight.[2]

In November 1872, Selina was obviously having difficulties with her private life, and ended up taking a friend to court for stealing money from her:

Selina Sherwood v. Nicholas Allen. Charged with larceny as a bailee. Senior-Constable Kiernan said that Mr. Gell had drawn the information, and there were some informalities in it. Selina Sherwood, sworn, said: I am the wife of W. F. Sherwood. I live at Barry's Reef. On the 4th of March, 1870, I gave Nicholas Allen the sum of £90 in Bank notes to pay into the Bank of New South Wales, Blackwood, to the credit of Clara Cook, my adopted child; she is eleven years old. He came home the same day. I asked if he had paid the money into the Bank. He said "yea," and handed me the Bank book. I asked him why he had placed the money to his own credit. He said "had I placed the money to the child's credit she could not have drawn it until she was 21 years old." Some time after the Bank of New South Wales closed. On the 6th of June I requested Allen to draw the £90, and gave him another £10 to add to it and pay the sum of £100 into the Bank of Australasia to the credit of Clara Cook. To Constable Kiernan: There are two entries in the Bank book, one date June 27th the other July 6th. Asked Allen if he had placed the money to the credit of the child. He said "' no, I placed it to my own credit, I will hand it over any time you require it." Mr. Shuter: Can you give the exact words he used. Witness: Am sure he said that he placed the money in the Bank to his own credit, and gave as a reason that the child could not draw it until she was 21 years old, but I could have it any time I required it. I did not object to this because I had the Bank book, and thought he could not draw without the book. Alien was a boarder at my house; he began to be dissatisfied, and I told him he had better leave; he left, and went to Mrs. Hansmann's to board. On the 20th of November Allen called me to my street door, and asked me to go to Melbourne with him. I refused; said, "no, Allen, I want nothing to do with you, only hand me my money." To Constable Kiernan: I demanded my money from him several times; he said the money was in the Bank for me, that he did not want my money, as he had ,£4,000 of his own in the Union Bank at Melbourne. On the 24th of December Allen came again, and asked me to go to Melbourne with him to spend the Christmas. I refused. He said "Good bye." I refused to shake hands with him. Was told that he had gone away towards Trentham, taking a bundle with him. I followed him, and overtook him at Dashwood's Hotel. He said "I did not think you would have followed me." I said "I don't want you, I want my money." The coach came up, I said to him "do you mean to go away," and that if he did I would give him in charge. He came back with me and remained until after Christmas. To Mr, Shuter : He was neither clerk nor servant, but a boarder. To Constable Kiernan : He did not perform any work for me. He was a boarder ; if I was busy he sometimes went into the bar, He left on Boxing day, and returned to my place on 29th December; left again on January 20th. Before going away he told me that he was going beyond Sydney, that he and another man had invested £7,000 there; that he would return again. I went to the Bank of Australasia; saw Mr. M'Crae, asked about the money, he said "it is a matter of business, I can't say anything." I afterwards ascertained from Mr. Comyns, at the Bank, that Allen had lifted the money in November. Saw in the Leader good accounts of the Tambaroora diggings, saw that Allen had a good claim, wrote to Sergeant of Police there, ascertained that Allen was living in New South Wales. About four months ago I went to Now South Wales, saw Allen; he called me a _____cockney swindler, and spit in my face, also struck me on the back. I then left him; returned to Blackwood, and laid an information against him. William Cummins: I am a miner, residing at Barry's Reef; am nephew to Mrs. Sherwood; have known Allen about two years. He was a boarder at Mr. Sherwood's, who kept the Robin Hood Hotel. Allen left over twelve months ago. Heard a conversation between Mrs. Sherwood and Allen; they were quarrelling. Mrs. Sherwood said to me Allen had some money which she wanted placing to the credit of Clara Cook. She asked me to speak to Allen. I went to him, and said to him, "Allen, you have some money belonging to my aunt in the Bank." Asked him to give it up. He said "it is in the Bank, Mrs. Sherwood can have it any time she required it." Told my aunt what Allen had said to me. This conversation took place a year gone November last. Allen left three or four months afterwards. To Mr. Baber: Allen drew the money in November; don't remember the exact date. Mrs. Sherwood: Mr. Comyns gave the date. Mr. Shuter: The date has not been given when the money was drawn. The evidence of Mr. Comyns must be taken. Mr. Baber issued the warrant, and he can take the evidence. Case adjourned until to-morrow, when warrant will probably be issued for Allen's apprehension.[3]

In December 1874 she withdrew her license application:

Selina Sherwood applied for a publican's license for new hotel at Barry's Reef, not yet finished. Withdrawn.[4]

Sherwood advertised her intention to apply for the license in March 1875:

I SELINA SHERWOOD, of Barry's Reef, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will at the next Licensing Meeting to be holden at the Court of Petty Sessions, Blackwood, on the twenty-sixth day of March, 1875, apply for a PUBLICAN'S LICENSE for a house situate at Barry's Reef, to be known as "The London Hotel," containing seven rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of myself. Dated this 4th day of March, 1875. SELINA SHERWOOD.[5]

The license was granted in April 1875.[6]

In December 1876, 1877, and 1886 she was granted a license for the London Hotel.[7][8] In December 1886 she paid £20 for the license.[9]

In September 1876 she was fined 2s 6d and 2s 6d costs for not having a light outside her hotel on a Sunday night.[10]

In April 1881 she was ill:

Mrs. Selina Sherwood applied to the Bench, through her nephew, Mr. W. Cumming, for leave of absence from her licensed house, through ill health. Two months were granted by the Bench. She is at present an inmate of the Kyneton hospital.[11]

In July 1890 she was fined for supplying young boys with alcohol, and also trading during prohibited hours:

Excise Inspector Palmer v. S. Sherwood. Supplying boys with drink. Mrs. Sherwood admitted serving a boy Best with a drink of raspberry and water, with a teaspoonful of whiskey added. There was no evidence given in the case and the case not being a bad one the Bench inclined to deal leniently with the offence, and the chairman intimated that a fine of five shillings and costs would be imposed. Inspector Palmer said that, under the amended Publicans' Act, the lowest fine the Bench could impose was £2. After looking up the Act the chairman held there was no remedy, and as Mrs. Sherwood had pled guilty she would be fined £2, and 8s. costs. Same v. Same. Selling liquor after hours. Constable O'Callaghan gave evidence that on the night of the concert at Barry's Reef, he visited Mrs Sherwood's hotel after 11.30. and found her hotel open and four men sitting at a table with glasses before them. Three of the glasses were empty, but one had beer or shandy gaff in it. Some evidence was given which showed that the drinks had been supplied after prohibited hour. Fined £2. with 12s. 6d. cost Major Bartrop remarked that the men who brought Mrs. Sherwood into trouble should get up a subscription and pay the fine. Mrs. Sherwood said she could not pay, and got a month's grace to see what she could do. Mr. Ferguson was of opinion that those who brought Mrs. Sherwood into trouble should be summoned as aiders and abettors, as they were as much to blame as Mrs. Sherwood. The bench concurred.[12]

In March 1892, Sherwood was in trouble as she had not kept her license up to date, but once again the court showed her leniency:

Mrs Sherwood, licensee of the London hotel, Barry’s Reef, also applied for a fresh certificate. At the original Licensing Court in December last she had omitted to produce her old license, and the application was postponed to the present court. On Saturday, strange to say, both Mrs Sherwood and her license were absent, and her house would certainly have been unlicensed but for the kindness of Mr David Gaunson, who was in court, and induced the bench to further postpone the application till the 8th April nest, when it will be heard in Melbourne.[13]

Sherwood died in January 1897:

Mrs. S. Sherwood, a very old and respected resident of Barry's Reef, died on Friday, 29th ult. The first public house on Barry's Reef, the Robin Hood (now known as Goodge's Ballarat hotel) was erected by her and her husband away back in the 50's, and a big business was done in it, but times changed, and domestic troubles supervened, and Mrs. Sherwood becoming a widow parted with the Robin Hood hotel and built another smaller one (The London Hotel)[14] in the vicinity, but has only been able to make a precarious living as a boarding house keeper during the past few years. Her age was 72 years. The funeral took place on Sunday last, at which there was a very large attendance.[15]

Sherwood is buried in the Blackwood Cemetery.[16]

Sherwood died without leaving a will:

The Curator of intestate estates has obtained rule to administer the estate of the late Selina Sherwood, Barry's Reef, near Blackwood, the value being set down at £115 9s 3d.[17]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1897, Ref. No. 639
  2. 1872 'COURTS OF PETTY SESSIONS.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 24 February, p. 3. , viewed 01 Jan 2018,
  3. 1872 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 2 November, p. 3. , viewed 04 Jan 2018,
  4. 1874 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 26 December, p. 3. , viewed 29 Dec 2017,
  5. 1875 'Advertising', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 6 March, p. 2. , viewed 04 Jan 2018,
  6. 1875 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 17 April, p. 3. , viewed 30 Dec 2017,
  7. 1876 'BLACKWOOD.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 18 December, p. 3. , viewed 20 Dec 2017,
  8. 1877 'BLACKWOOD.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 22 December, p. 4. , viewed 20 Dec 2017,
  9. 1886 'LICENSING COURT.', The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900), 25 December, p. 2. , viewed 22 Dec 2017,
  10. 1876 'BLACKWOOD POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 25 September, p. 4. , viewed 19 Dec 2017,
  11. 1881 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 9 April, p. 3. , viewed 02 Jan 2018,
  12. 1890 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 5 July, p. 7. , viewed 19 Dec 2017,
  13. 1892 'BALLAN NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 March, p. 4. , viewed 30 Dec 2017,
  14. Selina Sherwood, Wills and Probate, Probate File Number: 63/458
  15. 1897 'BLACKWOOD.', The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1866 - 1918), 6 February, p. 3. , viewed 19 Dec 2017,
  16. Selina Shewrood, Find a grave,
  17. 1897 'No Title', The Kyneton Observer (Vic. : 1856 - 1900), 25 February, p. 2. , viewed 04 Jan 2018,

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