Joseph Stallard

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Joseph Stallard was a publican in Ballarat, Victoria.



Stallard, a former policeman[1], was the licensee of the Plough and Harrow Hotel in Mair Street, Ballarat.

Joseph Graham Stallard was born in Hobart, on 22 December 1853.[2][3] He was the son of Edward Stallard and Mary Graham.[3][4] He married Jane Mason Miller in Blackwood, Victoria, in 1878.[2] They had several children including:

  • William John Charles Stallard (born 1880, in Collingwood, Victoria)[5]
  • Eliza Jane Stallard (born 1881 in Ballarat)[6] She married Charles Middleton in 1907. [7]
  • Florence Catherine May Stollard (born 1888 in Ballarat East)[8]
  • Harold Mason Stallard (born 1890) served with the A.I.F. in World War One.
  • Stanley Houston Stallard (born 1892) served with the A.I.F. in World War One.

In October 1901, Stallard was assaulted during a fight at the Plough and Harrow Hotel:

James McKenzie and William Connelly, who were concerned in a disturbance at the Plough and Harrow Hotel, Mair-street, on Friday evening, were before the City Court on Saturday, McKenzie charged with assaulting the landlord, Joseph Stallard, and Connelly with offensive behaviour. Each was fined 40/, in default 14 days imprisonment.[9]

In January 1903 there was a fight at the hotel, which resulted Stallard's death:[4]

Result of a Drunken Brawl. DEATH OF A BALLARAT HOTEL-KEEPER.
Joseph Stallard, licensee of the Plough and Harrow Hotel, Ballarat West, who early on Thursday morning sustained concussion of the brain and compression of the skull, in his hotel, after a quarrel, died on Friday, without having regained consciousness. Deceased, who had been very quarrelsome, was twice assaulted by one of his customers. He was knocked down by one of the blows, and evidently stunned, but on recovering be again challenged his assailant to fight. Notwithstanding that it was approaching dawn, there were several men in the hotel to witness the scrimmage, which occurred while the company were engaged in throwing dice for drinks. There was also gambling going on. The police have been furnished with in formation which shows that some of the gamblers were not sober. The man who, it is alleged, assaulted Stallard, is an employee in the local railway department, but it is said to be tolerably certain that the fatal injuries were caused by Stallard's falling downstairs from the second landing subsequent to his being knocked down by a man in the bar parlor. An inquest will be held.[10]

The inquiry led to a finding of accidental death:

An inquiry into the death of Joseph Stallard, licensee of the Plough and Harrow Hotel, who fell downstairs at his licensed premises on Wednesday morning and died the next day, was conducted before the coroner (Mr. W. Dickson) and a jury on Friday. Evidence was given by James H. Bell, a lodger at the hotel, showing that the deceased, with other men had engaged in dice throwing for drinks and money during Tuesday night and up till 3 o'clock, on Wednesday morning Stallard was under the influence of drink and quarrelsome. A dispute arose between the deceased and David Monteith over the payment of three-pence. The latter struck Stallard on the left cheek knocking him down. Subsequently the deceased wanted to fight, and Monteith again knocked him over. Stallard appeared to be stunned for the time, but revived, and more drinks were taken. Later on he fell down the stairs on to his head, and did not speak afterwards. Corroborative evidence was given by Monteith, who is a railway employe and James M'Culloch, a drover. M Hardy, M.B, who made a post-mortem examination of the body, stated that death was due to concussion of the brain. He believed the the injuries to the head were caused by the fall downstairs. The coroner, in summing up, animadverted on the manner in which the licensed premises of deceased had been kept. A verdict of accidental death through falling down the stairs was returned.[11]

Another report gave more detail:

A PUBLICAN'S FATAL " SPREE", Ballarat, 9th January. An inquest was held to-day before Mr. Dickson, P.M., and a jury of seven, on the body of Joseph Stallard, licensee of the Plough and Harrow hotel, Mair-street, who died from injuries to his head sustained in his hotel early on Wednesday morning last. Jane Stallard, widow of deceased, deposed that at 5.30 a.m. on 7th inst. her husband, who had been up all night gambling and drinking, came to her bedroom and said, "How about the bar being open?" She remarked that she had never seen him so drunk before. Soon afterwards she heard him fall downstairs, and saw him lying on the floor, "with his leg in the air." De ceased, who was 49 years of age, had been drinking heavily since Christmas.
Dr. Hardy stated that death was caused by pressure on the brain, the result of hemorrhage. There were marks on the face evidently caused by blows with a fist, but the blows were not sufficient to have caused the hemorrhage. Deceased's organs were, owing to the effect of drink, in such a diseased condition that he could not have lived for more than 12 months. James H. Bell, bar tender, deposed that during the small hours of Wednesday morning last, while the gambling and drinking were in progress, a row occurred between Stallard and a railway employe named David Moncrieff over a 'matter of threepence, and that Moncrieff knocked Stallard down. Witness separated the combatants, but deceased afterwards attacked Moncricff, who again knocked him down. This fall appeared to have stunned Stallard, and he (Bell) put him on a sofa in the parlor. Stallard subsequently recovered, and "shouted" drinks for the company. He then became very drunk and went upstairs. He was unconscious when found at the foot of the stairs, and witness and a drover named William M'Culloch lifted him on to a sofa, where he died. David Moncrieff, who was not sworn, in formed the coroner he was quite satisfied with what had been stated by the witnesses.
Mr. Dickson said the evidence had revealed a deplorable state of affairs. It seemed strange that a publican in a main street should be able to keep a dozen men drinking and gambling in his house all night, under the eyes of the police. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, caused by falling downstairs, no blame being attachable to anyone. A few years ago Stallard was a member of the local police force.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1903 'A PUBLICAN'S FATAL "SPREE.".', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 12 January, p. 3, viewed 15 October, 2014,
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1878 Marriages, Ref. No. 4224, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  3. 3.0 3.1 Australian Birth Index 1788-1922, Tasmania, 1854, Ref. 641
  4. 4.0 4.1 Edwardian Index Victoria 1901-1913, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1903 Deaths, Ref. No. 179, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1997
  5. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1880 Births, Ref. No. 1553, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  6. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1881 Births, Ref. No. 14043, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  7. Edwardian Index Victoria 1901-1913, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1907 Marriages, Ref. No. 390R, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1997
  8. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1888 Births, Ref. No. 532, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  9. 1901 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 7 October, p. 9, viewed 15 October, 2014,
  10. 1903 'Result of a Drunken Brawl.', Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW : 1875 - 1910), 13 January, p. 4, viewed 14 October, 2014,
  11. 1903 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 January, p. 14, viewed 14 October, 2014,

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