William Greenwell

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William Greenwell
Occupation Publican
Years active 1866-1867
Known for Greenwell's Hotel
Home town Bulldog

William Greenwell may have been a publican at Bulldog, <1866-1871>.

History[edit | edit source]

Greenwell operated the Bulldog restaurant in 1866-1867, at which may have later become Greenwell's Hotel on the Bulldog Diggings, later known as Illabarook.

In December 1865 he, with George Greenwell, agreed to purchase shares in the City of Glasgow Mining Company at Kangaroo Flat. William held 149 shares at a value of £5 each.[1]

A meeting of his creditors was announced in December 1866:

IN the Insolvent Estate of WILLIAM GREENWELL, of Bulldog Diggings, in the Colony of Victoria, late Restaurant-keeper. — Whereas the estate of William Greenwell, of Bulldog Diggings, in the colony of Victoria, restaurant-keeper, was, on the twenty-eighth day of November, a.d. one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, placed under sequestration in my hands, by order of his Honor Mr Justice Barry, one of the judges of the Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria, and who, by further order under his hand, did appoint Henry Steel Shaw, Esquire, of Melbourne, one of the official assignees of insolvent estates, to be the official assignee of and for this estate : I hereby appoint a PUBLIC MEETING of the CREDITORS of the said insolvent to be holden before me, at the Insolvent Court House, Lonsdale-street, Melbourne, on Wednesday, the nineteenth day of December instant, at the hour of eleven o'clock in the forenoon, for proof of debts, and for the election of an assignee, if necessary, to act with the official assignee; and unless it shall be shown at such meeting that the goods and effects of the said insolvent shall exceed the sum of one hundred pounds, I shall summarily proceed to rank the debts which shall then be proved against the said estate, and direct the proceeds to be distributed accordingly. Dated at Melbourne the sixth day of December, a.d. 1866. WRIOTHESLEY BAPTIST NOEL, Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates.[2]

He was declared bankrupt in December 1866:

William Greenwell, of Bulldog Diggings, late restaurant keeper. Debts, £433 13s 11d ; assets, £94 14s6d; deficiency, £338 19s 5d. Causes of insolvency : Losses through falling off of the diggings and inability to obtain employment.[3]

He was fined for selling beer without a license in December 1867:

John Robertson v William Greenwell, do; Mr Bell, for the defendant, took objection that the summons did not state the name of the informer, Mr M'Dermott held that such was unnecessary. The bench intimated that the defendant could have seen the information it he had wished to do so. Simpson deposed that on 6th December he was at the defendant's place, the Bulldog restaurant, and had a glass of beer, and Stockton had another; paid one shilling for the drinks to a female, whom he believed to be Mrs Greenwell. Witness and his mate had other drinks, and the female, in referring to the size of the glass, said that her customers called them "buckets." The shire revenue-officer pointed out the house to witness. Mr Bell, at considerable length, cross-examined this witness, but did not elicit any contradictions. Stockton gave corroboratory evidence, showing that both informers had dined at the restaurant in question, and had each a glass of ale given to them at dinner. The other two glasses of beer had been got afterwards, and paid for by Simpson. On cross-examination, witness said that he and his mate had after dinner at the restaurant, before starting, been reading for some time. Mr M'Dermott suggested that it had been temperance tracts that had been lying about the restaurant. Mr Bell thought that as the case was a mild one there ought to be no costs given. Mr M'Dermott said he saw no mildness about the case, unless the beer had been mild, and they had drawn it mild. He thought it one of the worst cases on the list; the defendant ought to have been a model to others, he (counsel) had no doubt he was an elder in the church; fined £5 and 21s costs, in default, 14 days' imprisonment; execution stayed for a month.[4]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1865 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 February, p. 4. , viewed 12 May 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112884970
  2. 1866 'Advertising', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 7 December, p. 3. , viewed 14 May 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160216686
  3. 1866 'NEW INSOLVENTS.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), 8 December, p. 5. , viewed 12 May 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196560583
  4. 1867 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 4. , viewed 12 May 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112872946

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