Tulloch, McLaren and Co.

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Tulloch, McLaren and Co.
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Town Ballarat
Street Lydiard Street
Opened 1863
Closed 1890
Known dates 1863-1890
Other names Royal Standard Brewery

Tulloch, McLaren and Co. were a brewery in Ballarat, 1863-1890.

Site[edit | edit source]

The brewery was in Lydiard Street South, opposite the Lydiard Street Methodist Church.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The company was formed by Thomas McLaren and William Tulloch in 1863.

Tulloch and M’Laren’s Royal Standard Brewery in Armstrong street was started in 1863, the senior partner in the firm being now the sole owner.[2]

In 1890 the company name changed to Tulloch and Sons.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1871, the assets of the company were offered for sale at a mortgagee sale:

IN THE insolvent estate of TULLOCH, M'LAREN, and CO., Merchant! and Brewers, Ballarat. PRELIMINARY NOTICE. To Wine and Spirit Merchants, and Wholesale Grocers, Brewers, etc. The STOCK-IN-TRADE and BOOK DEBTS of the GROCERY, and WINE and SPIRIT BUSINESS, and the STOCK, PLANT, and BOOK DEBTS of the BREWERY BUSINESS, will be submitted for SALE by TENDER in the course of a few days. Particulars in future advertisements. WiiiLTAM CRELLLN, Trustee. 46 Elizabeth street, Melbourne.[4]

In October 1872, after considerable reinvestment, the company opened a new state of the art brewery on Lydiard Street South:

TULLOCH, M'LAREN, AND CO.'S NEW BREWERY. The somewhat strange looking building which has recently been erected near the new Court House, was put to its legitimate use for the first time yesterday, when the aromatic perfume of newly boiled malt and hops, and a cloud of steam issuing from the top of the tower, indicated to the wondering passer-by that the building was a brewery. Messrs Tulloch, M'Laren, and Co, who have for so long a period occupied the comparatively tumble down premises opposite the Lydiard Street Wesleyan Church finding that their customer's demands had outgrown the limits of their old establishment, induced Mr John M'Laren (formely a squatter in Queensland) to build the substantial and extensive brewery which we intend briefly to describe. The architect was Mr Caselli, who, In designing the structure, studied rather the useful than the ornamental, so as to afford as much space as possible within the walls for the brewing and storing of the "celebrated No. 4" and other palatable ales so successfully produced by the firm. The main building is 112 feet long by 40 feet wide, the offices and counting house facing Armstrong street. The tower, or brew house, at the other extremity of the building, is 67 feet high, and 40 feet by 30 feet wide. At the base of this is the engine-house, where one fire and a large boiler supplies all the steam and hot water required by the brewer, and furnishes motive power for a 10 horse power engine. In addition to setting the interior machinery in motion, this engine works a patent hoist by which all material — hops, malt, sugar, etc. — are raised to the various rooms in the tower, which is four storeys high. On the third storey, the malt, when hoisted, is tipped into a patent mill, whence, having been ground it is conveyed by mean of cups on a revolving elevator to the malt bin on the top floor. Beside the malt bin stands the "liquor" vat, and by a most simple yet ingenious contrivance the old laborious process of malting is done away with. The brewer, by turning on the liquor, and freeing the malt at the same moment, complete the mashing almost before the wash tub is reached. On the floor below is the boiling vat— capable of holding 50 hhds, or 2700 gallons — and here the wort finds its way by the natural fall, the hops being put in from above. The boiling is done by steam and after the usual boiling time has elapsed, the brew is run off from the vat over the refrigerator (which is a great improvement on the old-fashioned "cooler"), and by merely passing in a thin stream over the cold water pipes of the refrigerator the beer can be reduced from boiling heat to 50 deg. of temperature in a few seconds. It is at once run into the fermenting tun on the floor below, and here having been allowed to "work " in the usual manner, it is conveyed by mean of hose to any part of the cellars, where the barrels are placed on racks and filled as required. There is cellarage accommodation for 900 hogsheads. Every convenience by which labor can be saved, and the brewing carried out with cleanliness and efficiency, has been studied here. One of the most ingenious contrivances is that for cleansing the barrels— a plan contrived by Mr Ball, of Ascot street, by whom the machinery has been erected in the most satisfactory manner. All the vats, glyes, &cc , are made of Kauri pine, by Deary and Prlng, of the Main road. Messrs Hiam and Ross were the contractor for the brick and stone work; Mr Fry for the carpentering; Messrs M'Donald, plumbing; Mr Retallack, the iron work; and Smart and Creed the painting and glazing. The building, up to the present time — including a portion of the plant— has cost about £200, and a rather heavy outlay must yet be incurred before the outhouses, stables &c., are completed To the curious in these matters the brewery is well worthy inspection, and visitors are received with courtesy by the principals in the firm, as well as by the brewer, Mr Boulter, who is a man of many years experience, and is evidently well up to his business. As a local industry the establishment is a credit to the city.[1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1872 'TULLOCH, M'LAREN, AND CO.'S NEW [?]WERY.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 24 October, p. 3. , viewed 11 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191569914
  2. 1889 'BALLARAT CHRONICLES AND PICTURES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 September, p. 2. (Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924)), viewed 25 Apr 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209458669
  3. Royal Standard Brewery, Organisations, University of Melbourne Archives, https://digitised-collections.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/124696
  4. 1871 'Advertising', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1880; 1914 - 1918), 23 May, p. 3. , viewed 11 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191427330

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