William Randall Commins

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William Randall Commins
Occupation Publican
Years active 1863-1864
Known for Pioneer Hotel
Home town Durham Lead
Spouse(s) Kate Hume Allan
Children Pilkington Allan (1864)
William Henry (1865)
Rebecca (1865)
Hannah Rebecca (1867)
William Randall Kent (1868)
Eva Kate (1872)

William Randall Commins was a publican in the Ballarat district, <1863-1864>.

History[edit | edit source]

Commins held the license for the Pioneer Hotel at Durham Lead.

In October 1863 the newspapers described a "riot" at the hotel. A number of drunk men decided to smash the hotel doors and windows. The police put a lot of the blame on the publican, William Randall Commins (Cummins), describing the hotel as a "rowdy house".[1] (see the hotel article for the full details)

He married Kate Hume Allan (eldest daughter of Michael Allan of Dublin) in Brighton, Victoria, on 11 April 1863.[2][3] They had several children including:

  • A son, Pilkington Allen[4], was born at the hotel on 4 April 1864:

On the 4th April, at her residence, Pioneer Hotel, Durham Lead, Mrs W. R. Commins, of a son.[5]

  • Twins, Henry William (1865-1866)[6][7] and Rebecca (1865-1866)[8][9] were born on 18 November 1865:

On 18th November, at her residence, Pioneer Hotel, Durham, the wife of William R. Commins, of twins, a son and daughter.[10]

  • Hannah Rebecca, (1867-1867), Ballarat East.[11][12]

On the 16th January, at her residence, Main Road, Mrs Wm. Randall Commins, of a daughter.[13]

  • William Randall Kent, born 1868, Ballarat East.[14]
  • Eva Kate, born 1872, Ballarat East.[15]

In September 1864, Commins was the acting secretary of the Common:

NOTICE. All persons entitled to depasture cattle on the Buninyong South Farmers' Common are requested to attend a Public Meeting to be held at the Pioneer Hotel, Durham Lead, on Wednesday, 7th September, at six o'clock p.m. sharp. By order of the Managers, W. R. COMMINS, Secretary pro. tem.[16]

In October 1864 Commins was one of the first buyers of shares in the City of Glasgow Quartz and Alluvial Gold Mining Co., of Devonshire Reef, which held its meetings at his hotel.[17]

In August 1865, Commins was nominated for a vacancy on the Buninyongshire Council.[18]

By 1897, Commins had moved to Rutherglen, Victoria, another goldfield, where he opened a store. In December 1897 a house owned by him was destroyed by fire.[19]

In December 1909 he fell into the Murray River and was nearly drowned:

RESCUED FROM DROWNING. RUTHERGLEN, Thursday. On Wednesday, Councillor H. W. Allen and Mr. W. R. Commins (president of Rutherglen Race Club) went to Murray River for an afternoon's fishing. While walking along the bank, Mr. Commins slipped and fell into the river, and was rescued from a dangerous position by Mr. Allen, who threw a stout line out to him.[20]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1863 'BUNINYONG POLICE COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 24 October, p. 4, viewed 6 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72518174
  2. Australian Marriage Index, Victoria, 1863, Ref. No. 1063
  3. The Belfast Newsletter. Belfast, Northern Ireland. Periodicals & Newspapers, Irish & Reference. Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland, published 23 June 1864
  4. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1864, Ref. No. 7224
  5. 1864 'Family Notices', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 5 April, p. 2. , viewed 04 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66343952
  6. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1865, Ref. No. 21781
  7. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1866, Ref. No. 213
  8. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1865, Ref. No. 21782
  9. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1866, Ref. No. 327
  10. 1865 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 November, p. 2. , viewed 05 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112880586
  11. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, Ref. No. 435
  12. Australian Death Index, Victoria, Ref. No. 318
  13. 1867 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 17 January, p. 2. , viewed 06 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112860803
  14. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, Ref. No. 21479
  15. Australian Birth Index, Victoria, 1872, Ref. No. 13900
  16. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 6 September, p. 3. , viewed 05 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66347818
  17. 1864 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 14 October, p. 3. , viewed 06 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66348845
  18. 1865 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 August, p. 2. , viewed 06 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112877727
  19. 1897 'FIRE AT RUTHERGLEN.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 18 December, p. 10. , viewed 06 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article188144712
  20. 1909 'RESCUED FROM DROWNING.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 December, p. 20. , viewed 06 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10751704

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