William Chow Mong

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William Chow Mong
Born 1839
Hong Kong
Died 1899
Ballarat
Occupation Publican
Years active 1886-1895
Known for Red Lion Hotel
Home town Ballarat
Spouse(s) Margaret Sharp
Children Ruby May

William Chow Mong was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria, <1886-1895>

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Born in Hong Kong on 1839 to Choon Ly and Ah Sin. William Chow Mong married Margaret Sharp and had six children.[1]

In September 1886 he was called as a witness in a stabbing case at his hotel involving a "fallen" woman:

Elizabeth Ellis, aged 29 years, was placed at the bar at the Town Police Court yesterday, and charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding her husband, to wit, stabbing him with a knife. The alleged affair took place at the Red Lion hotel, Main road, kept by William Chow Mong, at a late hour on the night of the 26th of last month, and was reported in The Star of the 27th. Mr Gaunt appeared for the prisoner. The evidence showed sad domestic infelicity, and portions of it would be unfit for publication. Ellis and his wife have been married for seven years, but on various occasions, it is stated, she left her home without any cause. The accused says that her husband has, by his conduct towards her, brought about all the unhappiness. It was also shown that the accused had been associating with Chinese, and was at one time found by her husband in the Chinese Camp at Creswick. Among the witnesses examined yesterday were Constable Barrett, Dr Bradford, William Ellis (the husband), Mrs Ah Lum, James Lee Chung, William Chow Mong, and Ellen On Gong. Dr Bradford said that the wounds (three in number) were not now serious, but also stated that had the blade of the knife entered the cavity of the chest the assault might have proved fatal. Mr Gaunt resumed his defence, and the prisoner was committed to take her trial at the Ballarat Assizes to be held on the 7th of next month. Bail was allowed in two sureties of £40 each.[2]

In 1888 he was listed as the publican of the Red Lion Hotel in Main Road, Ballarat.[3]

His daughter, Ruby May, died in June 1895:

CHOW MONG.—The Friends of Mr WILLIAM CHOW MONG are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late dearly beloved daughter, Ruby May, to their last resting-place, Ballarat Old Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence, the Red Lion Hotel, Main road, Ballarat East, This Day (Monday), at 3.15 p.m. STEPHEN WELLINGTON, Undertaker and certificated Embalmer, 144 Sturt street. Note address, No branches, not even next door.[4]

He passed away on 1899 in Ballarat, Victoria.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.ancestry.com.au/genealogy/records/william-chow-mong-24-4j71ys?geo_a=r&o_iid=41016&o_lid=41016&o_sch=Web+Property
  2. 1886 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 September, p. 2. , viewed 23 Dec 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210834800
  3. Victorian Post Office Directory (Wise), 1888, pg. 13
  4. 1895 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 June, p. 3. , viewed 23 Dec 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203162614

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