Lydia Webb and Isaac Pear

1839

It would seem that Isaac Pear started his criminal career at an early age.

IPSWICH QUARTER SESSIONS, BEFORE THE REV. GEORGE CAPPER, CHAIRMAN.
At these Sessions, held at the Shirehall, in this town, yesterday, the following prisoners were tried : -
Isaac Pear, 19, charged with having stolen from Robert Abbott, of Thwaite, five sovereigns. 1

SUFFOLK SESSIONS.
IPSWICH, FRIDAY, JAN. 9.
The Rev. George Capper, Chairman.
Jas. Sheperd, George Driver, Isaac Pear and W. Leeder were severally acquitted. 2

IPSWICH BOROUGH SESSIONS.
These sessions were held at the Old Shirehall on Wednesday and Thursday last, before Sir C. F. Williams, Knt., the Recorder. There were nineteen prisoners for trial.
The Recorder, in the course of his charge to the Grand Jury said, he had carefully read over the whole of the depositions, and he was sure it would be a source of satisfaction to them, as it was to him, and still a greater one, if he might make the remark, to the public, that the cases on the calendar were for the most part, of extremely mild character. He was gratified to observe, that owing to the firm administration of Justice, the calendar was distinguished by the absence of two serious offences - one, the the stripping of lead from the roofs of outhouses and buildings, for the sake of a few paltry shillings ; the other, an offence which had formerly come before them in appalling numbers - stealing fowls from persons in the neighbourhood. he trusted, that, these two particular offences, which had so long infested the neighbourhood, were now entirely suppressed.

CHARGE OF SWINDLING.
John Fulcher, James Burrows, Reuben Burrows, Samuel Read and Isaac Pear, all young men, were charged with having, by an artful device with a bodkin case, bodkin and pin, cheated Edward Duncan Double, of the sum of 1l. 10s. his monies.

The prosecutor, a simple looking countryman, said he was a labourer and resided at Reydon. in April last, about half-past two o'clock in the afternoon, he went to the Beehive public-house at Ipswich. The observed Reuben Burrows and James Burrows there ; the latter was asleep. Witness ordered a pint of beer. James Burrows awoke from his sleep in about five minutes. Witness had never seen the men before. James Burrows said he would play witness a game at cards for a pint of beer. Witness did not observe any cards in the room at that time. About a quarter of an hour afterwards the other prisoners came into the room. At first they said nothing, but James Burrows soon afterwards offered to play witness a game of cards for pint of beer. The cards were introduced by Pear, who threw them on the table, making no remarks at the time. James Burrows look up the cards and asked if anyone in the room had a knife. Reuben Burrows produce a knife and James Burrows took it and shoved one of the cards out of the pack, asking if anyone could guess the card. Witness could not see the card, but Reuben Burrows said " Yes, he could guess the card. " The latter then went to take the card, but James Burrows rapped his knuckles with the knife. James Burrows shuffled the cards, & picked out the Jack of Hearts and Diamonds. He said he would make a bet that he would bring the two together out of the pack. Witness made no remarks, and James Burrows spread the cards on the table. He offered to bet a crown or a sovereign. Witness said a pint of beer with sufficient, but James Burrows replied that he would not bet so little. The other prisoners kept talking together at the time, but witness did not understand what they said. The cards were moved about on the table, and James Burrows again offered to bet a sovereign. Witness accepted the offer and lost the bet, the two jacks coming together. (A laugh.) James Burrows, the next time, betted Pear to the amount of a sovereign each, and Pear won. (A laugh.)

The cards were again shuffled about and two or three pints of beer were lost between the prisoners. The beer was passed around to the company & drank. James Burrows lost more beer, and said it was " a strange fancy that the two cards will not come together." (Laughter.) He again shuffled the cards about as before, & witness betted another sovereign, we he again lost. The cards were then put aside , & they all went into another room to drink. Witness never heard the prisoners call each other by their names. Before the drink was out, witness accompanied by Fulcher and Pear, returned into the room into which the cards were first introduced, and had six-pennyworth of rum and water. A man, not in custody, came into the room stood with his back to the fire, dropped a bodkin case and then went into the other room and joined Burrows. Pear picked up the bodkin case, and sat down by witness's side, saying, " Here's a bodkin case - I should like to have a game to see whether you cannot win some of that money back." (Laughter.)
He took the bodkin out, and put in a pin. He shot the pin down on the table, and said, " You see me put this pin in again." Witness replied, " Yes I do." The man who dropped the case then came into the room, and said he would not like to lose the bodkin case, and he would give anybody sixpence, or a pint of beer, if they would give it to him, as it had been left to him as a keepsake. (Laughter.) Pear took the case out of his pocket, and the man said that was his. Pear observed, at the same time, " Did you not say there was a bodkin in the case ?." The man replied in the affirmative. Pear then said he would bet him a sovereign there was no bodkin in the case, and the man accepted the bet. Pear looked at witness and asked him if he would not bet a sovereign, and witness replied in the affirmative, and betted a sovereign instead of Pear. Witness made a bet of another half sovereign with Fulcher, and the whole of the money was put down. The man gave witness the case to open, in order that "he should be satisfied about it," and when witness opened the case, the bodkin came out instead of the pin. (Laughter.) Witness paid the money he lost, and it was taken by the prisoners. When witness went in, he thought he should win as well as lose. (Laughter.)

Cross-examined by Mr. Jackaman : Witness came to Ipswich once a week, or a fortnight, to buy pigs, and shop goods for his mother. He had a wife and one child. The money belong to his mother, and she paid witness five shillings per week and his board. He had paid no part of the money back to his mother. He got nothing extra if he made a good bargain.
Mr. Jackaman submitted that the money ought to have been laid in the indictment as the property of the mother, and not of the prisoner.
The recorder said however much, in a serious case of this nature, he regretted the result in behalf of the public, he feared he must direct the jury to return a verdict of acquittal. The conduct of the prosecutor had been most idiotic : for any person in his natural senses must have been aware of the cheat. Had not the Grand Jury been discharged, he should have ordered another indictment to be preferred ; but the prisoners were liable to be indicted again at a future Sessions. As to the prosecutor, his conduct was not free from blame, in having endeavored , whilst cognizant of the trick with the bodkin case, to win a sovereign ; though the prisoners would of course take care that he should not succeed in the attempt.

The Town Clerk called the attention of the Recorder to the fact that the prisoners were charged in another count with a " conspiracy" against the prosecutor.
Mr. Jackaman submitted that the count charged the prisoners with a " conspiracy to obtain the monies of the prosecutor," whereas it appeared that the money was the property of the mother.
The Recorder, after referring to various cases, said he would not let the case go to the jury on the evidence ; and in the event of a conviction would consult a learned authority in town, and inform Mr. Jackaman the result in the course of eight and forty hours. At present his impression was rather in favour of the point urged in behalf of the prisoners by their learned advocate, though he thought it would turn out that the offence consisted in the " conspiracy" to obtain the money in possession of the prosecutor.
Mr. Jackaman (resuming the cross-examination) : When did you first begin to think the play unfair on the part of the prisoners ?.
Prosecutor : When I had lost my money. (A laugh.)
Mr. Jackaman : Supposing that you had been so fortunate as to have won, what should you have said in that case ?.
Prosecutor : Perhaps I should not have said anything at all. (A laugh.)
Mr. Jackman : Would you have been so anxious to vindicate the laws of your country as to give yourself in charge of the police ?.
Prosecutor : No I dare say I should not.
Mr. Jackaman : Did you ever do anything in the poaching line ?.
Prosecutor : Yyes I was prosecuted once. (A laugh.)
Mr. Jackaman : More than once ?.
Prosecutor " That is an unfair question. (Laughter.)
Inspector Kent said when he took the prisoners to the Station-house, they observed to the prosecutor that if he had won their money, he would have made no complaint. The prisoners offered to compromise.
Mr. Jackaman addressed the jury in behalf of the prisoners, contending that it was improbable that they would have selected the Bee Hive Public House in the centre of the town to cheat the prosecutor, the room being open not only to the landlord, who was a respectable man, but also to the police, and to the public. He submitted that so far from a conspiracy having been proved, the whole case shewed that the playing of cards with the prosecutor was casual and accidental, occurring at the moment, and that if he lost his money, he fell into his own snare. As to Fulcher, he had no temptation to defraud anyone. He lived at Yaxley, and was merely passing through Ipswich at the time of the alleged transaction, to invest 500 pounds in a mill, and he, like the whole of his family, bore an unexceptional character. He then called Mr William Moule, of Yaxley, who said he had known Fulcher ever since he was a child. His father kept a large farm. He had never known anything dishonest of him before. Mr. Lawrence, Clerk to the Justices, said a 500 pound banknote was deposited by Fulcher as security for his appearance. He understood that he had had a legacy left to him before he was apprehended.
Mr. John Miller, Painter, Ipswich, said Pear had been his apprentice, and gave him a good character.
The Recorder summed up the Evidence, and the jury after a long consultation, returned a verdict of guilty against all the prisoners.
The Recorder (to the prisoners) I shall not pass sentence upon you, because I shall give your learned advocate the opportunity of having his objections seriously considered. 3

IPSWICH BOROUGH SESSIONS.
These sessions took place on Wednesday and Thursday last, before Sir C. F. Williams, Knt., the Recorder.
THE CASE OF SWINDLING.
It will be recollected that at the last Sessions, James Burrows, Reuban Burrows, John Fulcher, Samuel Read and Isaac Pear, were severally convicted of having swindled Edward Duncan Double, a countryman, of certain monies, at the Bee Hive Tap, in this town, by means of a bodkin case and bodkin. The case was reported, at the time, in the Ipswich Journal. On behalf of the prisoners, Mr Jackaman raised a question upon the indictment, in which it is alleged that the money belonged to Double ; whereas in Double's evidence, it appeared he had been entrusted with the money by his mother, for certain purposes. The Recorder deferred sentence in order to consult authorities in London on the point ; and in their opinion being that the money was properly laid in the indictment, the prisoners were now brought up for judgement, when each of the prisoners were sentenced to four months imprisonment, to commence from the first day of the last Sessions. 4

1840

DARING CASE OF HOUSEBREAKING.
On Sunday evening last the house of Mr. Setterfield, situate in Falcon-street, in this town was broken into whilst the family was at chapel, and upwards of 100 l. stolen. Mrs Day, who resides next door, heard an unusual noise in the house during the evening, and in consequence of which she requested her husband to go to the front door, and afterwards to the back door, which were both fastened. She saw a light in the bedroom, and distinctly heard two men go through the shop, one of them saying, "Pull the bell down." She held the door as fast as she could, but the men inside opened it. She caught hold of the first man, and endeavoured to hold him, but the second man struck her arm and made her let go. She followed them to the corner of the street, and her husband pursued them as far as the Rose Inn, St Peter's, but both escaped. The lock of the front door was broken, and every lock in the house forced. Eighty-two sovereigns, which were in a canvas bag, twelve ditto in a double bag, with four half-sovereigns, twenty shillings, and six half-crowns, were stolen, and also a silver hunting-watch, engine-turned, No. 218. Mrs Day gives a minute account of the persons and dresses of the men, and there is every reason to believe that the guilty parties will be apprehended. - Ipswich Express. 5

On Sunday evening, about 7 o'clock, the house of Mr. Setterfield, situated in Falcon Street in Ipswich, was entered by thieves, who took away, after disturbing everything in the house, about 100 sovereigns. The thieves were disturbed, but were not captured. They are well known characters, and we understand the police have some idea of their retreat. The robbery was effected whilst the family were at chapel. 6

1841

IPSWICH.
Saturday, June 16, 1841.
NORFOLK CIRCUIT.
Mr Baron Alderson and Mr. Justice Williams.
APPREHENSION OF PARE. - This man our readers will recollect suddenly left this town on the night the robbery took place at Mr. Setterfields in Falcon street, who sustained a very heavy loss by the abstraction of nearly one hundred sovereigns from his house during the temporary absence of himself and family, in the early part of last ...ter. The circumstances which led to the apprehension of Pare is this : in the course of last week, a man named Crabbe, of this town, employed to travel with the ... horse belonging to the late landlord of the White Elm ... served Pare at Banbury in Oxfordshire ; and knowing Pare is strongly suspected of having entered the house of Mr. Setterfield, Crabbe gave information to the police when Pare was taken into custody, and sent to prison. Information of the fact having been forwarded to Ipswich, Serjeant Kent was despatched a day or two ago to Banbury and Pare may be expected to be lodged very shortly in the Borough gaol to take his trial for the burglary and robbery at the ensuing sessions. 7

CAPTURE OF A BURGLAR.
It will be recollected that many months since, the house of Mr. Setterfield, provision dealer, Falcon-street, in Ipswich, was broken open on a Sunday evening, while the family were at Chapel, and robbed of a large sum in sovereigns. The parties committing the robbery were disturbed while in the house, and made a precipitate retreat. Strong circumstances of suspicion appeared against a man named Isaac Pare, an individual of notorious character, who absconded. On Saturday last, it appears that whilst the learned horse, which belonged to Mr. King, late of the White Elm public-house, St Clement's, Ipswich, was going through his course of exhibition in the town of Banbury, Oxfordshire, this man Pare was seen by Mr. Crabbe, the exhibitor of the horse, to enter the place of shew. Mr. Crabbe very properly gave notice to the police, and he was taken into custody. Pare will be brought to Ipswich this day in one of the London steamers, to undergo examination, which will take place before the Magistrates on Monday. 8

IPSWICH QUARTER SESSIONS.
These sessions were held on Friday and Saturday, the 9th and 10th instant, Sir Charles Williams, the Recorder, .....
Isaac Pear, 25, was charged on oaths of Thomas Setterfield and others, with having feloniously broken and entered the dwelling house of the said Thomas Setterfield, and stolen 94 sovereigns, 4 half-sovereigns, 6 half-crown pieces, and other current silver coin of this realm, and one silver watch, with a gold seal and key and silk guard attached, the property of the said Thomas Setterfield. The particulars of this case have already appeared at length in the Journal. Several witnesses were examined, and the learned Recorder having summed up the case, the Jury returned a verdict of - Guilty, when Pare [sic] was sentenced to 15 years transportation. 9

At Ipswich Borough Sessions, Isaac Pear, was convicted of breaking into the dwelling-house of Mr. Setterfield, of Falcon-street, and stealing 94 sovereigns, 4 half-sovereigns, 6 half-crown pieces, and other coins, and a silver watch, with gold seal and key, and sentenced to be transported for 15 years. 10

After approximately eight months at large, Isaac Pear / Pare was finally tried and convicted on 9 July 1841 at Ipswich in Suffolk of house breaking, and sentenced to 15 years transportation. He was 25 years old, Protestant, and could read and write. He stood 5 feet 7 inches tall, with black hair, grey eyes, and his native place was Ipswich. He had been charged with burglary before, and his connexions were bad. He was good on the hulk, and orderly on board the ship.

1842

Isaac Pear had arrived in Hobart Town as convict # 4150 on board HMS Tortoise on 19 February 1842 direct from Plymouth.

The Tortoise having left Plymouth on the 26th October brings no mail later than the day previous, and very few letters or papers have arrived by her. She, however, called at the Cape of Good Hope, and either there or near it, spoke an English frigate which had left England on the 3rd November, ..... The Tortoise has brought near 400 prisoners for the probation gangs, above 100 passengers and soldiers, and 100 seamen - in all 600 souls on board. The frigate which the Tortoise fell in with at the Cape, was the Cambrian, having Lord Ellenborough on board, the new Governor-General of India.11

Indent - No 4150 - Isaac Pear 12

Description List - No 4150 - Isaac Pear

NAME, Pear, Isaac No.

Trade .......................... Painter
Height (without shoes) ... 5/7
Age ............................ 25
Complexion ................. Fresh
Head .......................... Long
Hair ........................... Black
Whiskers ..................... none
Visage ........................ Oval
Forehead .................... medm. ppd.
Eyebrows .................... Black
Eyes ........................... Grey
Nose .......................... Large
Mouth ......................... do.
Chin ........................... do.
Native Place ................ Suffolk
Remarks ..................... Pockpitted scar on forehead 13

Conduct Record - No 4150 - Isaac Pear 14

Appropriation List - No 4150 - Isaac Pear 15

In Tasmania he spent two years on probation at Jericho, in the southern midlands.

1844

On 19 February 1844 his term of probation expired.

Comptroller-General's office, 26th February, 1844.
In reference to the Act of Council, 7th Victoria, No. 7, and to the notice from this office, under date 1st January last, respecting the hiring of probation pass-holders from 1st March next, with form of agreement appended, the following classification of the convicts by the several ships, as stated, is published for general information: Third Class Probation Pass-holders by the under mentioned Ships.
Isaac Pear, Tortoise 16

1845

On 7 August 1845 he was sentenced to hard labour for misconduct in that he was gambling in a public house. He was sent to Fingal.

POLICE REPORT. Thursday.
Daniel Archers and Isaac Pearse, two probationers in the service of Mr. Childs. were also charged by the chief constable with gross misconduct, in being found gambling in a public house. It came out in evidence that they were a pair of precious scamps, one who was employed as ostler on the establishment, having enticed away his companion for the purpose (as it seemed) of exhibiting to the dupe ; his proficiency in the game of cribbage. He was in consequence sentenced to three months hard labour on the roads, whilst his less guilty companion was ordered to sojourn in a similar manner for the period of one month. 17

Daniel Archer had arrived as convict #962 on the ship Asia (6) in 1841. 18

INSOLVENT COURT. Wednesday, August 13.
CARD PLAYING IN PUBLIC HOUSES. - Two informations were heard on Friday against Mr. Morris, for allowing transported offenders to he on his premises for the purpose of gambling. The evidence in the first case proved that a number of persons, amongst whom was a probation passholder in the service of Mr. Childs, were playing cards in Mr. Morris' house, Mr. Rocher contended that the mere act of playing cards was not gambling, and that it could not be assumed the man was there for that purpose. The bench over-ruled this objection, and fined defendant £2 and costs. Mr. Rocher said he should advise his client not to pay the fine, but to allow a levy. The second case was dismissed, as the other man, also a probationer in Mr. Child's employ, was merely looking on at the game. Mr. Breton took occasion to remark upon the prevalence of card playing in public-houses, and promised, to bring the subject under notice of the magistrates at the next general licensing meeting. 19

1848

His Ticket of Leave came on 1 August 1848.

Tickets-of-Leave Granted : - Isaac Pear, Tortoise 20

1849

RECOMMENDED FOR CONDITIONAL PARDONS : - Isaac Pear, Tortoise 21

1851

Conditional Pardons Granted : - Isaac Pear, Tortoise 22

1854

After the death of her first husband Henry Webb, and eighteen days after arriving back in Hobart, widow Lydia Webb (nee Arnott) married Isaac Pear.

MARRIAGE.
By special licence, at St. David's Cathedral, on the 21st December, by the Venerable Archdeacon Davies, ISAAC PEAR, to LYDIA WEBB, both of Hobart Town. 23

When Isaac married the widow Lydia Webb, he was a gentleman, aged 37. Their witnesses were Matthew Wilkes and John Clark. Lydia was named as the daughter of a William Hartnett. 24

1856

THE LAUNCESTON JEWELLERY ROBBERY.
YESTERDAY Thomas Jones. William Cooper, and Joseph Glazier, were brought before the Chief Police Magistrate for examination, on the charge of receiving portions of the jewellery belonging to Mr. F. Riva, at Launceston. Mr. Brewer appeared for the prisoner Cooper, and Mr. Knight for Jones and Glazier. It was arranged, after some little discussion, that the charges should be taken against the prisoners' separately, and the case against Glazier was taken first.

Constable Bailey deposed that, from information he received, he obtained a search warrant to search the house of Joseph Glazier, licensed victualler. New Wharf. He went to the house, accompanied by D C Gordon. On producing the warrant, Glazier said he was welcome to search his house without a warrant at any time ; what jewellery he had he had bought and paid for. Witness called Mrs Glazier and asked her for two rings she had on her fingers, which she gave him. On going up stairs to the bedroom he found a gold watch and guard chain, a gold chain, and various other articles, including three brooches (only two brooches were produced, and in calling Bailey to account for it, he said it was sent to Launceston by constable Wm Durham, and was lost. Glazier remarked that it was the most valuable brooch of the lot.) They left the bedroom and came into the next room, where witness took an inventory of the jewellery and marked them at the same time. While doing so Glazier said, " That gold watch, guard, and key I bought from Mr Isaac Pear, of Murray-street, before he went to England ;" all the other articles, the brooches, the hook, and bracelet he got from a man of the name of Bean for a bad debt; some others he had bought at auction.

Witness, in cross, examination, said he had information that Glazier had bought £80 worth of Riva's property, and had sold £40 worth to Cooper. Gordon said he would not have troubled Glazier had it not been for a long rigmarole in the Launceston Examiner. He said the other day, when he wanted Glazier remanded, that the things had been identified in Hobart Town as Riva's ; but he did not mean to examine the person.

Mr Riva deposed to the burglary as having taken place at his premises in Launceston. A rap came at the door at seven in the morning, when witness got up ; saw Mr Webster at the door, and discovered one of the shutters down ; he then missed twenty or thirty watches, twenty chains, three hundred gold rings, and fifty or sixty keys. On looking at the articles produced Mr Riva said he could not identify any of the property, and the magistrate dismissed the case. The other two men, Jones and Cooper, were also discharged on similar grounds.

Glazier, on being discharged, applied to Mr. Burgess for a summons against Mr district constable Gordon for illegally searching his wife. His worship referred him to Mr Symons. Glazier next demanded his property back, and said he should look to Bailey to make good the brooch that was lost. Mr Symons said he would look to that. 25

Was this the watch Isaac had stolen in England, and for which he had been transported ?. Did he sell it so that it could not be identified ?.

1858

Isaac, (40) Lydia (36) and daughter Amelia (19) return from London. 26

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. HOBSONS BAY. ARRIVED.
May 7- Avon, ship, Blackwall line, William Richardson, commander, from London, Isle of Wight, 8th February
Passengers - cabin Mr and Mrs Sherwin, Mr Sherwin, jun , Mr J T Barnett, Miss Maria Pratt, Mr Edward Pratt, Mr and Mrs Isaac Pear, Miss Ameila Pear, Mr Henry A. Crozier and nine intermediate cabin passengers. W. P. White and Co., agents. 27

In August 1858 he became the landlord and licencee of the Duke of Clarence, on the corner of Liverpool and Murray Streets, by transfer from James Bonney, the owner. He remained only six years, but left a reputation that was remembered long afterwards. He let the license lapse sometime after January 1865.

ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING THIS DAY.
(Before Joseph Hone, Esq., Chairman, F. Burgess, A. Kennerley, Dr. Doughty, F. H. Henslowe, Dr. Officer, His Worship the Mayor, J. Bernard, Murdoch, Cook.)
The Annual Meeting of the Justices of the Peace for the consideration of applications for certificates of approval of licenses being granted to persons receiving public-houses and packet licenses was, according to Act of Parliament held this day. The Magistrates met at the Court House, and then adjourned to the Police Office.
The Chairman said the steps they were about to take to-day were highly important, and having referred to the Various sections of the Licensing Acts respecting character and the necessity for the houses, impressed upon the Bench the necessity of demanding certificates of character, or of applying to those who could supply them with the requisite information, and expressed his gratification that they now had Mr. Superintendent Hamilton, and another gentleman. Mr Weale in the Police, upon whom they could justly confide. He also trusted the Bench would, should new applications be sent in, carefully consider them, as he thought they would agree with him, that surely, surely they had already houses enough. The following business came before the Meeting.
His Worship the Mayor and Superintendent Hamilton reported the result of their recent inspection of each house. In all cases below where no remark is appended to the name and address of the applicant, the certificate was allowed without any particular comment.

Isaac Pear, Duke of Clarence, Liverpool Street. 28

1859

UNPROVOKED ASSAULT.
Yesterday at noon a most extraordinary and and unprovoked assault was made upon three respectable females under the following circumstances - Mr.s Brown, of Veteran's Row, Mrs. Cleary, a relative, and another female, were walking along Murray street, followed by a man named Daniel Mulholland, who, when opposite ¡he Derwent Hotel, and without tho slightest provocation, commenced a most outrageous attack upon the females with a stick which he carried ¡n his hand. So sudden and violent was the attack that the victims had no time to escape, and Mrs. Brown's ear was cut open, and one of her companions knocked down. Mr. Isaac Pear, Mr. Lazarus Levy, and others, came promptly to the assistance of the females, and rescued them from further injury, handing over the assailant to Sub-Inspector Downham, who came up at the time, and who has lodged the ruffian in custody to be charged with wounding Mrs. Brown, with intent to do her some bodily harm. The man has every appearance of being insane, and, if so, ought not to be permitted to be at large. 29

POLICE COURT. MONDAY. (Before Aldermen Stewart and Murdoch)
Resisting Constables. - Samuel Lee, well known as a vendor of fish, was charged with resisting Serjeant Patrick Carey in the execution of his duty.
Carey slated that on Saturday evening he desired the defendant to remove his barrow, on which was some fish, from the corner of Liverpool and Murray-streets ; he said he would not remove it, as he had a license to permit him to place it there, and he would keep it there as long as he pleased. Witness asked him five or six times to remove it, as it caused an obstruction to a bullock cart, but as he still refused witness took hold of the barrow to remove it when the defendant threw him from it, and was then taken into custody.

The defendant having put two or three questions to the witness, took off his coat and exhibited his right arm, which was bruised, and which he stated had been injured by Carey and another constable, No. I6, on taking him to the watch house.

Constable Hoare and constable George Moore, No. 16, gave corroborative evidence. Moore also stated, that the defendant resisted very violently when taken into custody.

The defendant stated that he had been here thirty years, and had never been so brutally treated in his life ; if that was the way constables behaved he ought not to pay any thing for their maintenance. He called Mr, Isaac Pear, landlord of the Duke of Clarence, who stated that he did not see the defendant do anything to deserve being taken into custody. There was another man there obstructing the street with a bullock dray, and drunk besides, but he was allowed to escape. Witness saw a barrow, close to the bullock dray. The barrow belonged to the defendant but it was the owner of the dray that was making the disturbance. The dray could have gone on its way without the barrow being removed.

The Bench adjudged the case fully proved, and fined the defendant 5s. 30

1860

POLICE COURT. MONDAY. BEFORE the Right Worshipful the Mayor.
STEALING FOWLS.
Ellen Bowler and Catherine Bowler, husband and wife, were charged by Detective Morley with stealing on the 14th instant two live fowls, the property of Isaac Pear, Murray-street. The prisoners were remanded till to-morrow, this day. 31

POLICE COURT. TUESDAY. BEFORE William Tarleton, Esq., P. M. and Capt. Bateman.
STEALING FOWLS.
Henry Bowdler and Catherine Bowdlor, were brought up on remand, charged by D. C. Morley with stealing two live fowls the property of Mr. Isaac Pear, Duke of Clarence Inn, Liverpool and Murray-street.
The male prisoner pleaded guilty, stating that he was drunk at the time, and took the fowls which ho gave to the female prisoner. The female prisoner pleaded not guilty.

Julia Foley, a servant of the prosecutor's, stated that on Saturday evening healing a noise in the fowl house she went in the yard whore she saw the female prisoner with the two fowls produced in her hands, and which she said her husband had given to her.

Mr. Pear - identified the fowls and stated that the male prisoner had been in his service, and that he had lost a number of fowls and five turkeys since the prisoner had been about about his premises ; witness did not observe that the prisoner was in liquor.

The Bench said that a question had arisen as to whether the female prisoner had acted under the compulsion of her husband, but it did not appear that any compulsion had been used, but on the contrary, that she was a willing party to the commission of the felony. Under these circumstances the Bench sentenced the prisoners to three months' imprisonment with hard labor. 32

POLICE OFFICE. FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST 1860. BEFORE W. Tarleton Esq. P. M. W. Knight, F. A. Downing, and J. L. Tabart Esquires.
ABSENT SERVANT. - Samuel Challis was charged by his master, Mr. Isaac Pear, with absenting himself from his hired service without leave.
The case had been partly heard on Wednesday when the evidence of the complainant was taken ; the further hearing was postponed till to-day for the examination of witnesses for the defence.

Mr. James Sivewright was called for the defendant. He stated that he heard some words between him and Mr. Pear, but could not distinguish what they were. Mr. Pear told him he should leave his service, but not without a week's notice, or until Mr. Pear could suit himself with another servant.

The Bench considered that the case was clearly proved, but as the defendant had been in gaol for some days, they would limit the penalty to £1. Fined £1 and costs. 33

Samuel Challis had arrived as a transported convict per ship Fairlie in 1852 under the name of "Samuel Sheepwash." 34 Samuel had also subsequently been tried in the Supreme Court in Hobart on 28 January 1858, found guilty and transported to Port Arthur for two years. 35

1861

POLICE OFFICE. Thursday, August 8th, 1861. BEFORE A. Garrett, and H. B. Tonkin, Esqrs.
Misconduct. - William Bishop, t.l., in the service of Mr. I. Pear, Murray-street, was charged with misconduct in absenting himself from his authorized place of residence on the 6th instant. The prisoner pleaded not guilty, when Mr. Pear stated that the man asked permission to go out on Tuesday afternoon to see a child of his in the Orphan School, and he had permission to be out till 8 o'clock. He did not however return that night, and not till 8 o'clock the next morning, when he came back drunk, and used towards witness's daughters the most abominable and disgusting language. He had been with Mr. Pear rather more than a week.
By the Prisoner :-I gave you leave to go out as I have stated. The language you used to my daughters is too bad to mention.
D. C. Bryon wished to state that when the prisoner was taken into custody his conduct was most violent, and his language most disgusting : he was one of the worst men he, D. C. Bryon, ever saw.
The prisoner was then sentenced to nine months' imprisonment with hard labor in chains. 36

ADVERTISEMENT>Day of Sale, Thursday, 28th November.
Exceedingly Valuable Block of City Properties, in Liverpool and Murray-Streets.
W. A. GUESDON & Co., Have been favored with instructions to sell by public auction, At their mart, Collins-street, Day as above, at 12 o'clock, LOT 1.
THAT old-established well-situated and exceedingly desirable Licensed House, the "DUKE OF CLARENCE," at the corner of Liverpool and Murray streets, and now occupied by Mr. I. Pear.
This properly is substantially built of brick, and contains 13 well proportioned rooms, exclusive of cellar, kitchen and out-houses, together with stabling and every convenience necessary
to a first-class establishment, and from its central position will always command a first-rate business. 37

ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING. Monday, 2nd December, 1861.
The annual meeting of Justices for the considera tion of applications for certificates of approval of persons receiving Public-house licenses, and Packet licenses, for the district of Hobart, was held this morning, at the Court of Requests Room, at ten o'clock. The following Justices were present at the commencement of the meeting, namely:-the Right Worshipful the Mayor (who was elected Chairman) Messrs. Hopkins, Power, Kilburn, Kennerley, Lewis, (for the Territory) Aldermen Seabrook, Murdoch, and Crisp, (Justices for the City). Messrs. Williamson Tonkin, Forster, and Bateman, took their seats after the business had commenced.
The Clerk of the Peace was represented by Mr. Church; and Mr. Reynolds, the Police Clerk, produced the applications. His Worship the Mayor stated the object of the meeting, and expressed his conviction that the Bench would dispose of the applications with due regard to justice to the parties, and with promptitude. The applications were then considered in the usual order, namely: - Renewals of existing city licences, and original applications for new houses. The Superintendent of Police gave the requisite information as to the state of the premises, the manner in which the houses had been conducted, and the complaints against the applicants (where any). The following renewals were also granted :
Isaac Pear, Duke of Clarence, Liverpool-street. 38

POLICE OFFICE. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 1861. BEFORE W. Tarleton, Esq., Police Magistrate.
GROSS MISCONDUCT OF A SERVANT.
John Stanford in the employ of Mr. Isaac Pear, "Duke of Clarence," Liverpool-street, was charged with being drunk on his master's premises on the 6th inst. It appeared that defendant who was cook at the establishment had got drunk in his master's absence, and on his return was lying about in a disgusting state of helplessness ; the dinner being uncooked and everything in his department neglected, although the house was full of guests. The Bench fined him 40s., or to be imprisoned and kept to hard labor for a month. 39

1862

THE MURDER IN GOULBURN-STREET. MONDAY, 6th JANUARY, 1862.
This afternoon an inquest was opened at Mr James Cousins' Bull's Head, Goulburn street, before A. B. Jones, Esq., Coroner, to enquire into the death of John Coghlan, milk-man, who was found murdered (as alleged) in his bed at an early hour on the morning of the 6th instant, with his throat cut, and with severe wounds on his head. The wife of the deceased was taken into custody, charged as the perpetrator of the deed, and brought up before the Mayor, at the Police Office, when she was remanded till the 13th instant, awaiting the result of the Coroner's Inquest. As will be seen by our report in today's issue, she solemnly declared her innocence
Mr. Boyd, Superintendent of Police was present.
The following jury was sworn :- D. Murphy, (foreman), T. Weare, C. J. Hayward, Joseph Byfield, Isaac Pear, John Turner, and John Asbury. 40 (Read more details)

THE LATE CASE OF SUDDEN DEATH. ADJOURNED INQUEST. Friday, March 28, 1862.
The enquiry into the death of James Pead, aged 60, late in the employ of Mr. Britten, grocer, Liverpool-street, was resumed this afternoon at the house of Mr Isaac Pear, Duke of Clarence, Liverpool and Murray-streets, before William Tarleton Esq., Coroner. 41 (Read more details)

STEALING POULTRY.
John McKenzie, and Thomas Wright were brought up on remand, the former charged with stealing and the latter with receiving one live fowl, of the value of 3s. the property of Mr. Isaac Pear. Mr. Graves appeared for the prisoner Wright. The prisoner McKenzie pleaded guilty, and Wright pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Graves said, that as MacKenzie had pleaded guilty, perhaps the Bench would permit him to retire, as it was intended to call him as a witness on behalf of the prisoner Wright.
The Bench acceded to the application, and McKenzie was removed.
Mr. Pear was then examined ; he stated that on Saturday last, McKenzie was in his service, and had been so for about eighteen months. On Saturday afternoon witness went into the stable, and inpicking some straw he found a bag concealed, which contained the fowl now produced, the fowl was the property of witness, as he believed. He left the bag and the fowl in the place where he found it and covered it with straw. He then went and counted his fowls, counting twenty-six out of thirty ; he called the prisoner, and told him there were four fowls missing, and one turkey, the prisoner said ho knew nothing about them, and searching the stable he found one fowl in a rack, thus reducing the loss to 3. Witness then kept a watch on the stable, for a short time but his attention was otherwise attracted, and between six and seven o'clock, in the evening, he found that the dead fowl and bag had been removed.
During this time the prisoner was in the yard, and about the stables, which were usually kept locked, but the prisoner had the key. Seeing Morley pass by, witness called him in, and eventually gave McKenzie into custody. Witness knew the prisoner Wright by sight, as having seen him working about; he had not seen him on his premises.
Cross-examined by Mr. Graves : I occupy a yard in common with other persons. Mr. Burbury has a stable adjoining mine, in the same yard. The fowl is in excellent condition and what may be termed a fine fowl for a Sunday's dinner. (Laughter.)
Detective Constable Morley deposed to the apprehension of the prisoner McKenzie, who admitted that he had taken the bag. and the fowl from the stable. In consequence of information which he had received, witness about on hour afterwards, went to the residence of the prisoner Wright, in Melville-street, and told him he should have to apprehend him for receiving a foul from Mr.Pears servant, but before he did so, he should have to look over the house. Witness then searched the front room, and found a basket with some fowls' feathers in it ; he went next into the back room where he found the foul now produced hanging up. When witness brought the fowl out, Wright said : " I am a fool and a rogue to myself for having anything to do with such a scoundrel ; I gave him as much for it as he could have got anywhere." Witness understood him to mean McKenzie, Mr Pears's servant.
Cross-examined: Wright did not mention any particular sum ; he said that fouls were selling at 4s. a pair. Have known Wright for about 12 years ; I know he is a hawker in a small way. He used to ply his vocation in the country, but I can't say that he does so now. During the time I have known him I never recollect his having been in this court before.
Mr. Graves addressed the Bench for the prisoner Wright, contending that there was no evidence to show a guilty knowledge on his part, but that he purchased the fowl by a bona fide sale, giving the full value for it. The learned counsel adverted to Morley's evidence to show that there was no concealment whatever on the part of the accused, arguing therefrom the absence of any guilty knowledge. Moreover there were other circumstances in the case greatly in favour of the accused, and putting it to their Worships in their capacity of jurors, he contended that as some doubt existed, his client was justly entitled to its benefit. He would mention also, that Mr. Perkins had attended early in the day to give the accused a good character, but he was obliged to attend a select committee of the House of Assembly.
The learned counsel called William Bridger, Baker, Harrington-street, who stated that ho had been in business in Hobart Town for 33 years; he had known Wright for many years : he was a general dealer, and a hawker. Witness had always found him to be an honest, upright, hard-working industrious man, and comfortable in his circumstances. Witness should not think that he was under the necessity of stealing a fowl for his Sunday's dinner. John Talbot Cochrane gave similar testimony.
The prisoner McKenzie was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labor, and Wright was discharged with a caution to be more careful in future in the purchase of fowls. 42

1863

LAW - POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1863. BEFORE - A. B. Jones, Esquire, the Stipendiary Magistrate.
DRUNKENNESS AND BRAWLING. - One drunkard was fined 10s. One for being drunk and disorderly on the premises of his master, Mr. Isaac Pear. Mr. Pear not appearing, the defendant was discharged. 43

POLICE COURT. THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH, 1863. BEFORE A. B. Jones, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate and Alderman Green.
ABSENT SERVANT. - Mr. I. Pear of the Duke of Clarence charged h¡s hired servant John Standforth with having on the 6th April, absented himself from his service before the termination of his engagement.
Defendant pleaded guilty.
Mr. Pear said that the defendant had been misconducting himself for a long time past. He (Mr. Pear) had reasoned with him frequently, but all to no purpose.
The Bench ordered defendant to pay a penalty of £1, or in default to be imprisoned and kept to hard labor for one month. 44

LAW - POLICE COURT. FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH. 1863. BEFORE A. B. Jones, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate, and L Wright, Esq.
ASSAULT. - Pear v. Appleby. - The was an information by Isaac Pear, against William Appleby, charging him with an assault on the 7th instant. The defendant pleaded not guilty.
Mr. Graves appeared for the complainant, and stated the case to the Bench, as shown by the following evidence, contending that publicans ought to be protected in their own houses.
The complainant stated that ho was the landlord of the Duke of Clarence, Liverpool-street. The defendant with a little boy came to witness's house on Saturday afternoon to inquire about a parcel which was to go to Brown's River. The defendant was talking about the parcel to Mrs. Pear and Mr. Fisher when witness came into the bar. He asked the defendant where he had left the parcel, when he pointed to a place near the bar. After some further talk, the defendant said, but not in a civil manner, that witness would, perhaps, find the parcel. Witness replied, " Well, my boy, I can't find the parcel, but as you put it there, perhaps you can find it."
The defendant said : " I know it is here, because the boy says so, and he has never told a lie." Witness then again asked the defendant to look for the parcel, when he said: "You d--d wretch, you are not fit to keep a public house." The parcel contained a bullock's tongue, directed to Mr. Lucas, at Brown's River. Witness told him defendant that he wanted no insolence, and ordered him out of the house, when he struck him three times with a whip. Witness had not lifted his hand to the defendant before he struck him ; it was certainly his intention to have put him out of the house. When the defendant got outside he again struck witness twice, when witness returned the compliment, and they fought. By the defendant : You struck me three times in the bar before I attempted to put you out.

Richard John Fisher stated that Mr. Tuting, the master of the defendant, had spoken to him a few words about the case. Witness was the proprietor of the Brown's River conveyance, which runs from the Duke of Clarence ; he was at Mr. Pear's on Saturday, when Mr. Pear and the defendant had some talk about a parcel, and the defendant made an offensive remark,to the effect that Mr. Pear was not fit to keep a public house. Mr. Pear then told the defendant to go out of his house, and came from behind the counter, when the defendant struck him with a whip, but whether Mr. Pear, was in the act of pushing him out, or sufficiently near to do so, witness could not say. The defendant did not leave the house when told to do so. The whip was a carter's whip. When the defendant struck Mr. Pear, witness was about three yards from them.
By the defendant : I did not see you struck in the breast, before you struck him. The boy said it was a square basket that he had left with the parcel. In his defence the defendant stated that Mr. Pear struck him first in the bar, and when they went out they had a fight. Mr. Pear got hold of the whip and struck the defendant a severe blow across the body.
He called James Andrews, in the service of Mr. Tuting, Battery point, who stated, that he was at Mr. Pear's on Saturday last, where he went about a parcel, and saw Mrs. Pear, who said she knew nothing about it, but would ask Mr. Pear, who came into the bar. The defendant said nothing uncivil to Mr. Pear, but they had some talk about the parcel. Mr. Pear asked the defendant how he knew about the parcel, when the defendant said the boy, meaning witness, was right. Mr. Pear then said, "what do I know about the basket ?" The defendant replied, that Mr. Pear was not fit to be in his place. Mr. Pear then came from behind the bar, and pushed the defendant out of the house, and struck him on the breast, when the defendant struck Mr. Pear with a whip.

Cross-examined : It is true that Appleby did not strike Mr. Pear before they got outside. Mr. Fisher was close by. If Mr. Poor and Mr. Fisher hare said that Appleby struck Mr. Fear in the house, they have stated what is not true. I live with Mr. Tuting, in the same employ as Appleby. Mr. Tuting has not said anything to me about the case, nor Appleby either. I am 15 years of age.
Hugh Doyle, Macquarie-street stated that he was passing at the time, and saw Mr. Pear pushing the defendant out of his house, he had his foot up, but whether he was going to kick him or not witness could not tell.

The defendant was fined £2 and costs. Mr. Graves applied for costs to indemnify Mr. Pear for the expense he had incurred in bringing the case before the court. The application was made under the 19th section of the Summary Procedure Act. Mr. Tuting came forward to address the Bench with a view to appeal from their decision. Mr. Jones said that Mr. Tuting was not known in the case, and there was no appeal under the present Act to the General Sessions, but he might appeal to the Supreme Court. Mr. Graves' application for costs was granted, and the fine and costs were paid. 45

LAW. INSOLVENT COURT. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH. Before Fielding Browne, Esq., Chief Commissioner.
In re CHARLES GREGORY MAYNARD. A first meeting and on application for discharge. Mr. Gill appeared for the Insolvent.
The following debts were proved. Isaac Pear £150, money lent (D'Emden); Sherwin £40 2s. bill of exchange accepted by J. K. Wood (Gill); W. C. D. Smith £4 12. (in person) Butlin, timber and carting £49 1s. 6d. (Crisp); Allanby £6 solicitor's costs; J. H. Walch and son £7 5s. work done and goods supplied (Gill); Mark Stump £34 10s. 5d. (Gill); James Sly £105 18s. 8d. (Haggit.) 46

1864

THE FATAL ACCIDENT IN LIVERPOOL STREET.
An inquest was hold yesterday forenoon at the Duke of Clarence Hotel, on view of the body of Francis Alphonso Moore, a child between five and six years of age, whose sudden death we recorded in yesterday's Mercury. 47 Read the full details

THE LATE FIRE IN LIVERPOOL STEEET.
An inquest, was held yesterday afternoon at Mr. I. Pear's, Duke of Clarence Hotel, Liverpool-street, before A.B. Jones, Esq., Coronor, touching the origin of the fire which took place on the 25th October last in the boot and shoe shop of Mrs. Sarah Ward in the same street. 48 Read the full details

MISCELLANEOUS SHIPPING.
The s.s. Southern Cross arrived at Hobart Town on Thursday morning, from Melbourne : — Passengers. — Mr. & Mrs. Harrower, Miss Abbott, Miss Fitzpatrick, Mrs, Seal, Mr. Mrs. and Miss Armstrong, Mrs. & Miss Morton, Messrs. R. Hill, Turner, Nichols, Gunn, Wilson. Buckland, McCracken, Seal, Farthing, Heymanson, Graves, Hornby, Isaac Pear, and 8 steerage. 49

CORONER'S INQUEST.
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at Mr. I. Pear's, Duke of Clarence Hotel, before A. B. Jones, Esq., Coroner, and a jury of seven, touching the death of William Alfred Sargeant, a boy, who was accidentally shot by his brother, under circumstances partially stated ¡in yesterday's Mercury. 50 Read the full details

TOWN TALK AND TABLE CHAT.
Another fire broke out in Hobart Town, on Thursday night, about nine o'clock, in the loft of a stable in the rear of Mr. Isaac Pear's, Duke of Clarence Hotel. It was promptly extinguished. 51

SUMMARY OF NEWS.
About 9 o'clock on the night of the 1st instant, a stable in the rear of Mr. I. Pear's the Duke of Clarence, Murray-street.was discovered to be on fire. The reels of the Derwent and Tamar and Tasmanian Insurance Companies were almost immediately on the spot, and a powerful supply of water being obtained the conflagration was in a few minutes wholly extinguished, the damage being confined to the building in which it originated. There were two horses, a cow, and a dog-cart in the stable at the time, which were rescued immediately on the fire breaking out. It originated in the loft, and was undoubtedly to be attributed to the carelessness of some of the persons about the stable, who must have let fall a spark among the hay, a quantity of which was stored. 52

1865

POLICE COURT. SATURDAY, 4TH MARCH, 1865. BEFORE - A. B. Jones, Esq. S.M., A. Morrison, and R. Power, Esqs.,
A DRUNKEN SERVANT. - John Staniford was I charged by Mr. Isaac Pear, his employer, with having on the 3rd inst., been drunk on his (Mr. Pear's) premises, and also with neglecting his duty and absenting himself from his hired service. Defendant pleaded guilty.
The complainant said that on the previous evening the man had been found by Detective Vickers lying drunk on a manure heap. The man had acted similarly on previous occasions, and was a most ungrateful fellow as witness had several times paid fines for him before. Detective Vickers said that to his knowledge the defendant had acted in the same way 50 times before.
The Bench enquired whether there were any wages due.to the man ?. Complainant replied that there was a very trifling sum due.
The Bench ordered defendant to pay a penalty of £3 and costs, and to forfeit an amount out of the wages due, equivalent to the costs, or in default to be imprisoned for a month. 53

BRICKISM AGAIN !
The " bricks" have been again at work among the property of our citizens, and this time with such evidently mischievous intentions as to call for the intervention of the authorities. Some time during Wednesday night a shutter was removed from the window of Mr. I. Pear's, Duke of Clarence Hotel, and seriously damaged, and an iron bar, extending across the window of Mr. Huybers store, was forced off and broken. It is really high time that our police gave some account of the miscreants who thus wantonly destroy the property of the citizens. 54

PORT OF HOBART TOWN. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURES of PASSENGERS.
DEPARTURES. August 2 - Passengers per ss. Derwent, for Melbourne - Miss Cowle. Mrs.Wilkins, Mr. and Mrs. G. Fisher, Miss J. Elliston, Mrs. Elliston, Mliss Elliston, Mr. and Mrs. I. Pear and infant, Mrs. Seabrook, Miss Lowe, Dr. and Mrs Croker, Mrs. Seal and family, Misses Cowles (3), Miss Allwright, Master Allwright, Messrs. W. Murray, V. Elliston, W. Seabrook, W. F. Elliston; 9 steerage. 55

SHIPPING.
PASSENGERS PER STEAMER DERWENT. — The following are the names of the cabin passengers per steamship Derwent, from Hobart Town, which arrived on Friday last: — Miss Cowleo, Mrs Wilkins, Mr and Mrs G. Fisher, Miss J. Elliston, Mrs Elliston, Miss Elliston, Mr and Mrs I. Pear and infant, Mrs Seabrook, Miss Lowe, Dr. and Mrs Croker, Mrs Seal and family, Misses Cowles (three), Miss Allwright, Master Allwrigbt, Messrs W. Murray, V. Elliston, W. Seabrook and W. F. Elliston. 56

1866

MORTON'S COMMERCIAL and FAMILY HOTEL. 35 BOURKE STREET WEST.
ISAAC PEAR begs to Intimate to his friends and the public generally that he has Just taken possession of the above well-known hotel, and hopes by strict attention to their comforts to merit a share their support. Suites of rooms can be had by writing or telegraphing to proprietor, ISAAC PEAR. N.B.— Night porter always in attendance. 57

1867

MELBOURNE.
Amongst the many, improvements, in accommodation for persons visiting Melbourne, which are being carried out in Melbourne, is the new hotel, known as the Post Office Club Hotel, situated at the corner of Elizabeth and Little Bourke-slreets, next door; to the Post-office, and in the very heart of the city. The building was erected some time since by Mr Richardson, the present host, as an hotel, but on account of its central situation it was rented by the Post office authorities as offices, and as such used by them until the completion of the Post-office. Their lease having terminated, it has reverted into the hands of Mr Richardson, who has transformed it into a really first-class commercial hotel. The building is four stories high and very capacious, it contains forty-three rooms in all, of which four are public sitting rooms and thirty bedrooms, these latter, although small in area are very lofty and splendidly ventilated, and admirably suited to the requirements of Commercial gentlemen or gentlemen from the country. Every-convenience and luxury has been looked to, the bath rooms, coffee rooms, luncheon rooms and smoking rooms being convenient and well-fitted. The furniture is elegant, and it is evident that no expense has been spared in consideration of the comfort of occupants. There is a fine range of cellarage under the house, and two good bars -a public and a semi-private one, on the ground floor. Altogether the place will be an acquisition to Melbourne, where, although we have so many hotels, we have so few capable of affording any but limited accommodation. 58

PRINCE ALFRED IN VICTORIA.
THE FANCY DRESS BALL IN THE EXHIBITION BUILDING.
It may fairly be presumed that the success which attended the two dress balls given in the old Exhibition Building towards the end of last year, had something to do with the fact that a like event was put on the programme of entertainments to be given in honor of the presence in Victoria of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. ....... Unfortunately, space will not permit me to give a general description of the magnificent and appropriate dresses of ladies, much loss of the gentlemen. Therefore, debarring myself from that pleasure, I shall proceed to enumerate the cards presented, which were as follow : — ........
J. Pear, Spanish Hidalgo
Mrs Isaac Pears, German Peasant Girl 59 Read the full story here

1869

MISCELLANEOUS SHIPPING.
The s.s. Southern Cross arrived at Hobart Town on Thursday morning, from Melbourne : — Passengers. — Mr. & Mrs. Harrower, Miss Abbott, Miss Fitzpatrick, Mrs, Seal, Mr. Mrs. and Miss Armstrong, Mrs. & Miss Morton, Messrs. R. Hill, Turner, Nichols, Gunn, Wilson. Buckland, McCracken, Seal, Farthing, Heymanson, Graves, Hornby, Isaac Pear, and 8 steerage. 60

1870

Tragedy was to strike the Webb family, with the sad death of Henry and Lydia's son-in-law Philip Francis Gould Barry in Melbourne.

SHIPPING. HOBSON'S BAY. ARRIVED. October 26.
Rob Roy, 8., 200, W. N. Thorn, from Portland via Belfast and Warrnambool 25th Inst. Passengers— saloon: Misses Marr and Parker, Mrs. Campbell, Messrs.Richmond, Henty, A H. Knight, W. Rutledge, A. W. Smart, Henry Archer. Henry Hutton, Sykes, Isaac Pear, McNeil. Captain Payne (chief harbor master), Martin, Stafford ; and ten in th steerage. Robinion and Lilly, agents. 61

1871

SHIPPING. Launceston - Arrived.
February 12 — Steamship Derwent. 351 tons, A. T. Woods, commander, from Melbourne; George Fisher, agent. Passengers— Cabin : Isaac Pear, ....., G. Pear, ...., and 57 in the steerage. 62

St. Kilda Court (Tuesday). — Before Messrs. Crouch, Van Hemert, and Ashley.
Isaac Pears and Robert Whittem, for assaulting John W. Green, were fined 40s. or one month's imprisonment. 63

1872

LAUNCESTON SHIPPING. ARRIVED.
February 4 - Steamer Derwent, 351 tons, A. T. Woods commander, from Melbourne. George Fisher, agent.
Passengers - Cabin : .... Isaac Pear ... 64

Wilful Damage.
John M'Donnell was charged with wilfully damaging the plate-glass, screen at the Post Office Club Hotel. He went into the hotel and demanded some drink, but as he was already intoxicated he was refused. He then turned to go away and somehow broke the plate-glass described, which had been valued at £6. He was ordered to pay £6 damages, and 10s. fine, or one month's imprisonment. 65

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1872.
It may not be generally known that a bye law recently passed by the City Council has come into operation, making it an offence to discharge, by pumping or otherwise, offensive water or other fluid into the channels or upon the roadway or footpath of any street within the city. Water or other fluid may be pumped into the channels if it has been deodorised, and thus rendered inoffensive, or if it is naturally without noxious effluvium. At the District Court yesterday two publicans were summoned for pumping offensive water into the channels at night, the defendants being the first brought up under the new bye-law. The defendants - Isaac Pear, of the Post-office Club Hotel, corner of Elizabeth and Little Bourke streets, and Thomas Mulcahy, of the South British Hotel, corner of Bourke and Swanston streets-were fined each 30s., with 20s. costs. The same bye-law applies to all garbage or refuse matter thrown upon the street. 66

1873

CRUELTY TO A DOG BY A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.
Henry Morgan Murphy, member of the Legislative Council, was charged at the District Court yesterday, on summons, with cruelly ill-treating a dog, the property of Isaac Pear, of the Post Office Hotel, corner of Elizabeth and Little Bourke streets. Mr. Stephen, who appeared to prosecute, said he had seen a letter from Murphy, requesting a postponement on the ground that the summons had not been served until last Friday at Sorrento, where defendant was living. As there was a witness who had come from Sandhurst purposely, to give evidence in the case, Mr. Stephen said he would not ask for a postponement, and there was also another witness from Runymede, both of 'whom would he put to expense. Mr. Miller, for the defence, submitted that he had been given no time to receive full instructions and issue subpoenas for witnesses, and the defendant had not been served till Friday, and Saturday and Sunday were practically dies non. After some discussion, Mr. Wyatt said be would hear the evidence of the witnesses who were present, and if he then thought an adjournment was required by either side he would grant it. Mr. Stephen said that the complainant was constable Mackay, and that the defendant deliberately threw a knife at the dog and wounded it, without having made any complaint or asked for its removal. He had written a letter to a morning daily paper, stating that he took up the nearest missile to send the dog from his neighborhood, but not intending to injure it. In reply to an objection to referring to the letter, Mr. Stephen said be would produce the original. It was left to the bench to decide whether the action of the defendant was justifiable. The following evidence was called : —
Graham Mitchell, veterinary surgeon, deposed : On the 17th inst. examined a dog at the Post Office Hotel, and found an incised wound on the upper side of the twelfth rib, close to the muscle of the back. The wound, which was clotted with blood, was about an inch long. He saw the dog, which is a greyhound, with Mr. Pear. J. M. Rowell, veterinary surgeon, said that on the 17th inst. he saw a bluish colored greyhound at Pear's hotel, which was suffering from an incised wound on the back, about two inches from the shoulder, on the left side, adjoining the spine, he could touch the spine through the wound. It severed the muscles, and was about two inches and a half in length. If the knife had gone straight down it would have penetrated the lungs. The dog in question is a large greyhound, in fine condition, and there are two inches of muscle on the back. The dog has not yet recovered. Every movement of the animal opens the wound afresh. Isaac Pear, landlord of the Post Office Hotel, said that ho found the dog suffering from a severe wound, and he sent for a veterinary surgeon. He had had the dog for about fifteen months.
Dawson Hamilton, saddler, stated that he came from Sandhurst, where he carries on business, and that be came down specially as a witness. He was having breakfast on the 17th inst. at Pear's Hotel with the defendant Murphy. There was no one else in the room besides the waiter; He was reading the paper when the greyhound came in and, as he imagined, put his nose on witness's knee. He then went up to Murphy and put his nose on his knee, who said " Get out, you brute ;" and, further, added to witness that dogs were a great nuisance to him. The dog, when spoken to, went several yards away, when defendant threw the knife. The dog was running away from defendant out of the door at the lime. The dog gave a pitiful cry. He did not think at the time that the dog was severely injured. When in conversation with the waiter about the occurrence, Murphy said, " I threw that knife at the dog."
Jonathan Leake, hotel keeper at Runymede, said he was at Pear's hotel on the day of the occurrence, and saw the dog bleeding very much, both in the breakfast room and elsewhere. He went for Rowell to dress it. The wound was a very severe one.
Isaac Pear the owner of the dobg, was re-called. He stated that when Murphy came to take away his things he asked defendant his motive for ill-using the dog in the manner he had done, and the reply was, " The d — brute, I threw the knife at him, and if I had had a pistol in my hand at the time I would have shot him. What do you make a dog-kennel of your dining-room for." Witness replied that the dog was very seldom up there ; and said he knew Murphy had a great antipathy to dogs, and whenever he was at the hotel dogs were kept out of the way. (Mr. Stephen said he would stop the case at this stage and agree to a week's adjournment in older that the waiter might be produced, also a letter that Murphy had written to one of the daily morning papers.) The case was adjourned for a week. 67

A CRUEL M.L.C.
The case in which Mr. H. M. Murphy, a member of the Legislative Council, was charged, with cruelly ill-treating a greyhound, the property of Isaac Pear, of the Post Office Hotel, Elizabeth street, was concluded at the District Court yesterday. It had been remanded for the appearance of the defendant, who had not had sufficient notice of the time at which the case would be heard. Mr Miller defended.
Mr Stephen called an additional witness for the prosecution, viz., Joseph O'Farrell, waiter at Pear's Hotel, who deposed that on Thursday morning, the 24th ult., Mr Murphy and Mr Hamilton were in the breakfast room of the hotel. He heard the dog yell, and saw it run with blood spurting from it. He asked who hurt the dog and defendant said he threw a knife at it. Witness picked up the knife and put it away, without noticing whether there was any blood on it or not; he was very busy at the time, and just passed it into the pantry. Witness was told by Mr Murphy to tell Mr Pear that he would leave the house directly, saying that he had no right to make a dog kennel of the coffee-room, and that if he had had a pistol he would have shot the dog. He took little notice of the affair, because Mr Pear did not want anything said, and did not want the policemen to come and see the dog. Mr Murphy who was allowed to make. a statement, said that he had often complained of the nuisance caused by the presence of the dog in the coffee room, and Mr Pear had frequently said that the dog must not be allowed there. He had no antipathy to dogs - in fact he was fond of them; but this dog had some very disagreeable habits, one of which was constant scratching, as if covered with fleas and the other was
the disagreeable practice of his putting his nose into one's hand. He had told Mr Pear that he had a horror of saliva from a dog's nose, and it was promised that the dog should be kept away from the coffee-room. The dog came on the morning in question and began his usual disagreeable tactics. He ordered the dog out, but he came back again shortly after, and the defendant said, " Go away, you brute," and the dog would not go, so he took up the first article that came to his hand, which was a knife, and threw it at the dog to hit it with the handle, but not with any intention of inflicting any injury to the animal.
Mr Wyatt, P.M., said that he had given the case a good deal of consideration to see whether there was any evidence of animus or not, which would bring the case under the 23rd section of the Police Offences Statute, under which the information was laid. He thought the charge was proved, and after mature consideration, he considered there was a momentarily cruel impulse upon which the defendant had acted, and he was convinced of this by the words used by the defendant after the act. Mr Wyatt said the defendant only appeared before him as Henry Morgan Murphy, but he could not be forgetful of the fact that the defendant was also a member of Parliament and recollecting this the defendant ought to control his actions on account of the position he held in society. He was in doubt whether he was bound not to inflict pecuniary penalty at all, but imprisonment. He however thought that the heavy fine such as he would inflict would have its influence on Mr Murphy. The defendant was fined £10, with. £7 7s costs of witnesses brought down from the country, and £8 3s for legal expenses. the £7 7s was ordered to be divided between witnesses brought from Runnymedo, Eaglelmawk, and Sandhurst. Age, 6th inst. 68

1874

BRITISH GAME.
By the Southern Cross of yesterday, there arrived two English hares, as a help to the acclimatisation movement in this island. These are a present from Mr. Isaac Pear, formerly of this city, but now mine host of the Post Office Club Hotel, Melbourne. The steamer had scarcely moored herself to the wharf when the prisoners were transhipped to the Enterprise, and as speedily as possible, set at liberty on Chipman's point, where seven others were placed some months ago. This tongue of land which seems to turn the river as one looks ocean-ward from the brow of Government House, is just the spot for the preservation of any kind of ground game, and it will be as pleasing to our old friends as to ourselves when it is a fact that the hare of Old England pricks her ears at daylight on the sister island of the other end of the world. 69

INQUESTS.
Dr Youl, the city coroner, held an inquest on Tuesday, on the body of Henry Laurence Sharp, an unmarried man, aged about 40 years, a corn and flour merchant. Deceased had been staying at the Post-office Club Hotel, in Elizabeth street, and retired to rest on Sunday night about 10 o'clock. Next morning as he did not make his appearance the landlord, Mr Isaac Pear, went to his bedroom, and finding the door locked had it forced open, when deceased was discovered lying on the floor, undressed, quite dead. He had apparently expired some hours previously. The body of the deceased was taken to the hospital. Dr Annand deposed to having made a post-mortem examination of the body. There were no bruises on the body externally, but internally the witness found the scalp greatly congested, as well as the brain and its contents, the brain having extravasated blood upon its surface. The heart was healthy. The lungs were congested but healthy in structure. There were no indications of poison in the stomach, and the other organs were healthy. The cause of death was sanguineous apoplexy. A verdict in accordance with the medical testimony was recorded. 70

1875

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 1875.
Isaac Pear of the Post Office Club Hotel, Elizabeth street, was summoned to the City Police Court yesterday for Sunday trading on the 8th ult. Two men had a pint and a glass of beer respectively for which a shilling was paid. Threepence change was expected but Pear said all drinks were six pence and refused to give any change where whereupon one of the customers gave information of Sunday trading to the police. Pear said he had a new barmaid who served the men out of ignorance as he did not permit Sunday trading He was fined 10s. 71

NEWS OF THE DAY
A charge of Sunday trading was heard at the City Court yesterday, Isaac Pear, the licensee of the Post Office Club Hotel, being summoned for allowing liquor to he drank in his licensed house on Sunday, the 28th ult. A man named John Rafferty deposed that he, with a companion, went into the house at 11.45 a.m, and they were served with a small glass and a pint of colonial beer. He gave 1s, in payment, expecting to receive 3d. change, and as defendant refused to give any change, and ordered him out of the house, he reported the matter to the first constable he met. Defendant admitted that the liquor had been served by the barmaid, but said it was contrary to his orders, and the whole complaint had been laid out of spite because the 3d. change had not been given. He was fined 10s. 72

1876

At the City Police Court yesterday, before Mr. Sturt, P.M, and a bench of magistrates William Strathallan, alias Hooper, a chemist's assistant out of employment, was charged with forging and uttering. George Reaby, manager for Mr. Mould, boot and shoe dealer, in Swanston Street, stated that the prisoner called at Mr. Mould's establishment on Saturday, the 20th ult, and purchased boots amounting in value to £5 l0s. 0d., tendering a cheque for £12 10s. on the Union Bank, purporting to be signed by "A Churnside," in payment. The signature was intended for that of Mr. Andrew Chirnside, of Werribee, and was therefore incorrectly spelt. Witness drew prisoner's attention to this fact, upon which the latter signified that he did not want to take the goods away, and would be satisfied if he received a cross cheque for the balance. Mr. Mould acceded to the prisoner's request, but when the prisoner's cheque was presented at the Union Bank it was dishonoured, and crossed "signature not known." Mr. Isaac Pear, landlord of the Post-office Club Hotel, Elizabeth-street, said that the prisoner had lived at his place for several days under the name of Hooper, and that when leaving on Friday, the 19th of last month, he offered a cheque for £12 10s. on the Union Bank, purporting to be signed by " A. Chirnside " in payment of his account, which amounted to £1 19s. 0d. Witness paid prisoner the balance in cash, but found on presenting the cheque to the bank that, as in the former case, it was valueless. The prisoner was committed for trial on both charges. 73

1879

Marriages.
HEWETT—MEDLEY.—On the 16th inst., at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. Canon Handfield, Frank, eldest son of Alonzo Porter Hewett, Kingston, Green Lake county, Wisconsin, U.S.A., to Ena Lydia, eldest daughter of Hubert Medley, London, granddaughter of Isaac Pear, of this city. 74

THE COURTS.
An application was made to Mr. Justice Molesworth, on behalf of Mr. John Degraves, of Hobart Town, to restrain Mr. John Whiteman, of the Clarence Hotel, from selling as " Cascade ale," ale not brewed by the plaintiff. Mr. Degraves has a brewery near Mount Wellington, called the Cascade Brewery, and the ale he makes there was said to be in great demand in Tasmania, under the name of " Cascade ale ;" and he also sells a large quantity in Victoria. The plaintiff's agent in Melbourne, Mr. C. P. Davis, received on the 1st May last a letter from the plaintiff, stating that Mr. Isaac Pear, of the Post-office Club Hotel, Melbourne, a customer of the plaintiff, had complained that a spurious article was sold in Melbourne under the name of Cascade beer. In consequence of this, Mr. Davis and Mr. Pear went, on the 29th May, to the Clarence Hotel, and asked for some Tasmania Cascade ale. The barmaid gave them some ale which she said was " Tasmanian ale-Degraves's." This was said by Mr. Davis to be like English ale in bad condition. Mr. Davis then saw Mr. Whiteman, and asked him if he had any Cascade ale on the premises. Mr. Whiteman said no, where upon Mr. Davis related what had occurred.

Mr. Whiteman said it was a mistake. It was further stated that on the 3rd May Mr. Pear went to the Clarence Hotel in consequence of something he had been told, and asked for a glass of Cascade beer, and was served with some ale, which he said was like sour English beer. He spoke to Mr. Whiteman about it, and asked why he sold the beer as Cascade. Mr. Whiteman said it was Cascade beer, and offered £50 to £i about it. Afterwards, however, he said it was a mistake, and that he found it was Grade's beer. Other evidence was also given that on the 29th May the barmaids had sold a quart of beer as Cascade beer before Mr. Davis went to the place. Plaintiffs representative demanded an apology from defendant, to be published in such papers as Mr. Degraves chose. In answer to this, the defendant stated that in Jane, 1878, he purchased a hhd. [hogshead ?] of plaintiff's nip, but as there was little demand for it he bought no more. He had, however, bought other Tasmanian ale. He denied that he had instructed his barmaids to represent the beer as Cascade ale, and he contended that it was unreasonable to require him to give such an apology as was asked for. The barmaids explained that they thought when Cascade beer was asked for the customer meant Tasmanian beer. It was also acontended for the defendant that as a matter of law the plaintiff was not entitled to any injunction, as he had never himself called the beer Cascade ale. Judgment was reserved. 75

1881

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1881.
Detective Duncan last night arrested at the Bush Inn, Elizabeth-street, a man named Henry Brown on a charge of having stolen five pairs of blankets, the property of Mr. J Pear, of the Post-offlce Club Hotel, Elizabeth street. The prisoner,, who is well known to the police under the aliases of " Alphonse " and " Injuman," is what is termed an experienced hotel barber. On Monday night he stopped at the Post-office Club Hotel, and decamped yesterday morning with five pairs of blankets. A warrant was taken out for his arrest by Mr. 'Pear, and from the description given Detective Duncan arrested the prisoner. He will be brought up at the City Police Court this morning, when a remand will be applied for. 76

Lydia's death is reported -

Deaths
PEAR. - On the 16th inst., at her daughter's residence, Capel street, West Melbourne, Lydia, wife of Isaac Pear, Post-office Club Hotel, after a lingering illness, aged 57 years. 77

Her details from various death registration sources show -

Father: William Harnett, chair-maker
Mother: Unknown
Where born: Hobarton
How long living in the colonies: Tasmania 41 years, Victoria 16 years
Buried: Melbourne General Cemetery
Informant: Undertaker
Cause of death: Cancer
When & Where Died: 16th October 1881, 15 Capel St, City of Melbourne
Age: 57
If Deceased was Married, Where, and what age and to who: Hobarton, Tasmania, Isaac Pear, "no issue" recorded for children
Death: 16 Oct 1881, 15 Capel Street, City of Melbourne
Burial: 17 Oct 1881, Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria
Alias/AKA: HARNETT is given as father’s surname on her death 78

Lydia's headstone monumental inscription reads -

Lydia Pear
Beloved wife of Isaac Pear, 16th October, 1881, 57 years
Isaac, Beloved husband of the above, 15th September, 1886, 65 years.
Also George W Webb, 22nd May, 1886, 37 years

1885

Isaac's death and funeral are reported -

Deaths
Pear. — On the 5th September, at 15 Capel street, West Melbourne, Mr Isaac Pear (late of the Post Office Club Hotel, Elizabeth street, Melbourne, formerly of Hobart), aged 69 years. 79

Funeral Notices.
THE Friends of the late Mr. ISAAC PEAR (late of the Post-office Club Hotel, Elizabeth-street, Melbourne) are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral will leave 15 Chapel-street, West Melbourne, THIS DAY (Monday, 7th inst.), at 3 o'clock. JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. 80

Will of Isaac Pear 81

No 4686 In the Supreme Court
–––––––––––– of the Colony of Victoria
In its Probate Jurisdiction
In the Will of Isaac Pear late of 15 Capel
Street West Melbourne in the Colony of
Victoria Gentleman deceased
Be it known to all men by these presents that on Thursday the twentieth fourth
day of September One thousand eight hundred and eighty five the last Will and Testament
of Isaac Pear late of 15 Capel Street West Melbourne in the Colony of Victoria Gentleman
deceased a true copy whereof is hereunto annexed was exhibited and proved before this Honorable
Court and probate of the said Will was and is hereby granted and committed to the Trustees
Executors and Agency Company Limited of Queen Street Melbourne aforesaid the Executors
named in and appointed by the said Will William Templeton the Managing Director of
the said Company having first sworn that the said Company will well and truly collect and
administer the estate goods chattels credits and effects of the said deceased according to law
and that it will exhibit and deposit in the office of the Master in Equity of this Honorable Court
a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the property trusts lands and hereditaments goods
chattels and credits of the said deceased within three Calendar months next ensuing the order
granting probate and a true and just account of the administration of the said estate showing
its receipts and disbursements and what portion is retained by it and what portion remains
uncollected within fifteen Calendar months next ensuing the order granting Probate
pursuant to the rules of this Honorable Court and that the estate of the said deceased
in the Colony of Victoria is in value under the sum of One thousand five hundred and
ten pounds nine shillings and seven pence.

Sworn under
₤1510 : 9 : 7 Given under my hand and the seal of the
and that deceased ––– Seal ––– Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria at
died on the fifth Melbourne the day and year above written
day of September 1885 By the Court – Thos Prout Webb – Master in Equity

I Certify that the sum of Seventy
one pounds six shillings and seven
pence duty hereon has been paid
Dated this thirtieth day of September 1885
––– John Fosberry (?) –––
Officer under Sec 6 Act 388

This is the last Will and Testament of me Isaac Pear of 15 Capel Street West
Melbourne Gentleman I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever
and wheresoever unto the Trustees Executors and Agency Company Limited of Melbourne Upon the
trusts following Upon trust to sell and dispose of all my Real and Personal estate and out of the proceeds
of sale to pay one half to my Granddaughter Eva Lydia Hewett for her sole and separate use And
to invest the remaining half in Victorian Government Debentures or on Mortgage of Real Estate
in Victoria and pay the annual income to be derived therefrom to Mrs Amelia Lydia Purves Wife
of Thomas Purves Storeman for her separate use during her life and upon her decease to pay and divide
the principal sum as follows one third to my said Granddaughter Eva Lydia Hewett One
hundred pounds to Isaac Pear Barry of Sydney and the balance then remaining to be divided
between Ernest Thomas Medley of Melbourne and Charlotte Pear Medley of America And I appoint
the said Trustees Executors and Agency Company Limited Exexutors and Trustees of this my Will
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of July One thousand eight
hundred and eighty five –––– Isaac Pear –––– Signed by the said Isaac Pear as and
for his last Will in the presence of us both who in his presence and at his request have
hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses ––– George Godfrey Solr ––– Melbourne
E. M . Godfrey ––– Articled Clerk ––– Melbourne

( … ? … ? ₤355)

TOWN NEWS, PROBATES AND LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.
In the Equity Court on September 24 probate was granted to the wills, of the following:-
Isaac Pear, £1,510, on the motion of Mr. M'Dermott 82

TURF GOSSIP. By Augur.
Another of the old School of sportsmen has passed away. I allude to Mr. Isaac Pear, who died a few days ago at the age of 69 years. Mr. Pear came from Tasmania in 1865, and brought with him that good horse Poet, by Boiardo from Ellen Tree, with whom he ran second for the Melbourne Cup, and won the long distance weight-for-age race at the same meeting. Mr. Pear also had an interest in Songster and Minstrel. Settling down in Victoria, Mr. Pear became mine host of the Post office Club Hotel, but for some years previous to his death had retired from business. 83

Isaac was described as Ike Pear, a great sporting boniface. Pear was a smart, well-dressed man, handled a large thriving business, and dispensed much hospitality in sporting circles. 84

The same "Commentator" columnist in the Critic later gave a fuller description of the Clarence Hotel at Pear’s time:

Hobart is described by an old-time English writer as a town of taverns, some of high degree, and others of a very low degree indeed. All around these places was much poverty and wickedness. From six o’clock in the morning until midnight the liquor was sold to vicious men and squalid and dissipated women. The better class of hotels in the principal streets did not go in for this sort of thing. They catered for the flourishing middle class, and when the house was popular the landlord did a big business. A house of this calibre was the Duke of Clarence at the opposite corner, and facing Purkiss’s. It was a really comfortable old inn with a range of stabling at the rear of it. The licensee of the period one is writing about was Isaac Pear. Ike Pear, as his intimates called him, was a sport with plenty of style. The public, as a rule, show a keen appreciation of style, and their verdict in the early sixties was that Isaac Pear kept his house in style, and that everything he did was in style. The way in which the beer engines worked in the bar of the Duke of Clarence was chock full of style. Even Pear’s ostlers were more stylish than other city ostlers were. At least this is what the general opinion said. What Pear did not know about turf matters was not worth bothering about. He was a racecourse owner, and in most of the horse meets for a few years his horses carried his colours to victory. When the old New Town races were on, the old inn was a scene of rollicking jollity. Men of means spent their money freely and never whimpered the next day if they met with any reverses. On Election Day the Duke of Clarence saw excitement of another description. It was one of the city polling booths. Those were the days when public spirit ran high, when parliamentary contests were on. Money was spent to the tune of thousands to secure the various candidates’ return, and Labour members were then impossibilities. As a rule the man who put the most coin down secured the seat, which merely carried a public honour without an enrolment. One remembers in particular one contest in which party feeling ran high. Both election agents worked hard and threw money about like water. Fifty voters of erratic movement were given a pound each and furnished with provisions, were locked up in the Watchorn Street Ragged School all night. In the morning they were escorted down to the polling booth and recorded their votes for the candidate who treated them so generously. Pear did not worry himself about matters pertaining to public life. He was out to make money out of the turf of the licensed victuallers’ business – and he did it. 85

Although I'm no closer to solving the riddle of Lydia ARNOTT, I have received some biographical details from a mailing list correspondent on each of her two husbands. My correspondent has an interest in Hobart publicans. This has produced a 4th spelling variant on her surname, and I've asked Lou for a source for this one... as it differs from the way her father's name is given on her death certificate.. and is a variant I've not sighted before.

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