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After Hours

The Ballarat Star of 31 July 1857 carried a report on a case in the Police Court, where John Gibbs, publican at the Charlie Napier, was charged with selling spirits after hours. The prosecution deposed to their having seen, between the hours of one and two o’clock in the morning, Mr Gibbs’ barman standing behind the bar and serving liquors.

The defendant’s counsel succeeded in having the case dismissed however, as the police could not specify what sort of liquor was being served. As Gibbs was not charged with having his house illicitly open, the case against him failed.

Cate Elkner

Ballarat Star, 31 July 1857. Details