John Callinan

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John Callinan was born a in Kilfenora, County Clare, Ireland in February 1823. He married in Kilnaboy, and his children, Bridget, Michael, Patrick, John, Thomas and William, were born there. The family arrived in Melbourne on 20 September 1852 on the Marco Polo. Another daughter, Catherine, was listed as deceased on her father’s death certificate in 1866. John Callinan could read and write.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


On the 25th August, at his residence, Fellmongers' Creek, Ballarat, Mr John Callinan, late of Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland, aged eighty years. Home papers please copy.[2]

In the News

BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ... John Callinan, Hibernian Hotel, Melbourne Road, was opposed by Inspector Kabat, as he had been fined £5 in that court for disorderly conduct and assault in the Exchange Hotel. However, if the Bench would caution the applicant, probably the ends of justice would be obtained. The license was granted.[3]

TO the Bench of Magistrates at Ballarat East.
JOHN CALLINAN, Licensed Publican, now residing in Victoria street, Ballarat East, do hereby give notice, that it is my intention to apply to the justices sitting at the Court of Petty Sessions to be holden at Ballarat East on the 1st of July, for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house known by the sign of the Hibernian Hotel, containing one bar, two sitting rooms, three bedrooms, and one kitchen, &c.
Dated at Ballarat, 16th June, 1864.

On the 13th March, at his residence, Fellmongers' Creek, Ballarat, Thomas, fourth son of John Callinan, late of Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland, aged 24 years, of consumption. Home papers please copy.[5]

A dozen or more persons were in the Ballarat East lock-up on Sunday night, for production at the Police Court on Monday morning. ... On Sunday morning John Callinan, land lord of the Hibernian Hotel, Melbourne Road, was liberated from the lock-up on bail. At about, ten o'clock on Saturday night he, while in Bridge Street, conducted himself in such a manner towards some other person or persons as to cause a breach of the peace. A great row was the consequence, and a man named Moore, or Moran, was similarly involved. The former was also charged with assaulting Serjeant Hickson in the discharge of his duty. The two policemen, who attempted the arrest of the two men referred to, were very roughly handled by them, and it was not until further police assistance was procured that the prisoners could be conveyed to the lock-up. Thither they were taken with great difficulty, a large crowd following. The case will be investigated this morning along with the rest of the offences recorded in the lock-up book.[6]

On the 11th July, Mr Michael Callinan, at Ballarat, Victoria, aged 38 years, late of Kilfenora, county Clare, Ireland, greatly regretted by all his friends, eldest son of John Callinan, of same place.[7]

See also

Bridget Callinan

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. Ballarat Star, 26 September 1866.
  3. Ballarat Star, 18 June 1863.
  4. Ballarat Star, 22 June 1864.
  5. Ballarat Star, 24 March 1862.
  6. Ballarat Star, 8 May 1865.
  7. Ballarat Star, 26 July 1867.

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