William Fuller Horner

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William Fuller Horner
Born c. 1833
Portsea, Hampshire, England
Died 22 April 1899
Elaine, Victoria
Occupation Publican
Years active 1878-1899
Known for Morning Star Hotel, Elaine
Home town Elaine, Victoria
Spouse(s) Ann Colter Shiel
Children Robert (c.1855)
Thomas Charles (1862)
Samuel George (1863)
Maria Florence (1865)
Jane Ann (1868)
Albert Herbert (1869)
Ethel (1872)
Alice (1873)
William Augustus

William Fuller Horner was a publican in Elaine, Victoria, <1878-1899.

History[edit | edit source]

William Fuller Horner was born c.1833, at Portsea, Hampshire, England, the son of Jane and William Horner.[1][2]

He married Ann Colter Shiel. They had several children including:

  • William Augustus.[3]
  • Robert (c.1855), died 1867 in Victoria.[4]
  • Thomas Charles (1862) at Dolls Point, Victoria.[5]
  • Samuel George (1863) at Moonambel, Victoria.[6]
  • Maria Florence (1865) at Dolls Point, Victoria.[7]
  • Jane Ann (1868) at Moorabool, Victoria.[8]
  • Albert Herbert (1869) at Moorabool, Victoria.[9]
  • Ethel (1871-1872), Morrisons, Victoria.[10]
  • Alice (1873) at Maryborough, Victoria.[11]

(Dolls Point location in Victoria unknown, could this be Dolly's Creek, near Elaine. Also is Moonambel a transcription error for Moorabool?)

Horner held the license for the Morning Star Hotel at Elaine, from at least 1878 until his death in 1899. The hotel was referred to as Horner's Morning Star Hotel in 1881.[12][13]

In November 1878, Horner was a witness in the inquest into the death of a man injured in the bar of the hotel. The man was demonstrating feats of strength when he dislocated a vertebrae in his neck, leaving him paralysed, and causing his death two days later.[12]

This report from 1889 shows the changes at Elaine once the mining had ceased:

Mr Horner of the Morning Star Hotel in the northern township is left pretty lonely since the Bank was removed but seems to be doing a very fair business, and fairly satisfied with his location, looking forward to the revival which must inevitably take place before many months have passed away.[14]

His daughter, Maria Florence, married on 17 April 1895:

The marriage of Mr H. Russell, formerly manager of the British Queen mine, Elaine, to Miss Horner, daughter of Mr W. Horner, the well-known hotelkeeper took place yesterday. The marriage service was performed at the Church of England by the Rev. Mr Bentley. Mr and Mrs Russell left for Melbourne by the afternoon train, amidst the hearty good-wishes of their many friends.[15][16]

Horner died on 22 April 1899.[1][3]

His wife, Ann, died in February 1914:

Death has removed another of the pioneers of the Elaine district in the person of Mrs Ann Colter Horner, who died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs H. E. Russell, of Elaine. Her husband, who predeceased her 15 years ago, was the proprietor, in the mining days of Elaine, of the Morning Star Hotel. The deceased leaves a large and respected family, namely—Messrs Thomas C. and W. A. Horner, of the Victorian Public Service Department; Mrs H. C. Cardell of Boulder City (W.A.) ; A. H. Horner, of New Zealand ; Mrs G. Searby, of Hamilton: Mr S. G. Horner, of Ballark ; and Mrs H. E. Russell, of Elaine. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, and was largely attended by friends from Ballark, Lal Lal, Mt. Doran, Morrisons and Meredith. The remains were interred in the family grave in the Morrisons Cemetery. The coffin-bearers were T. C. Horner, S. G. Horner (sons), H. E. Russell (son-in-law) and G. Quinn. Pallbearers—Cr D. Ferguson, Messrs J. Anderson, M. Walsh, D. Nicholl, M. McCormack, J. M'Gillivray, J. Lockland, G. Johnstone. R. Wells, A. M'Gillivray, J. Ferguson, R. Lockwood, E. Higgins, S. Cardell. Rev. Mitchell officiated at the grave, and Hugh Evans and Son carried out the funeral arrangements.[17]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1899, Ref.No. 5569
  2. 1851 England Census, Class: HO107; Piece: 1657; Folio: 146; Page: 6; GSU roll: 193562
  3. 3.0 3.1 Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591
  4. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1867, Ref.No. 2989
  5. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1862, Ref. No. 4139
  6. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1863, Ref. No.16274
  7. Australian Birth Index, 1865, Ref. No. 17413
  8. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1868, Ref.No. 4407
  9. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1869, Ref.No. 10502
  10. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1872, Ref.No. 10036
  11. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1873, Ref.No. 25812
  12. 12.0 12.1 1878 'SINGULAR FATAL ACCIDENT.', Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), 29 November, p. 2. , viewed 24 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22473724
  13. 1881 'ELAINE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 January, p. 3. , viewed 22 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200654508
  14. 1889 'ELAINE.', Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1929), 11 September, p. 4. , viewed 22 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article150626409
  15. 1895 'SOCIAL NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 April, p. 3. , viewed 24 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203154621
  16. Australian Marriage Index, Victoria, 1895, Ref.No.1646
  17. 1914 '...The Death Roll...', Gordon, Egerton and Ballan Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 27 February, p. 4. , viewed 23 Jun 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129413501

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