Daly - born in Ireland
February 1838 and died in Brisbane
on 4 October 1911. Eldest
son of Michael Daly (farmer) and Mary O'Brien.
He arrived in Brisbane about 1858. After leading a colourful
life, Michael was buried on
5 October 1911 in Portion 7 Toowong Cemetery Brisbane.
had the Spring Hill Hotel and later the Sovereign Hotel in Elizabeth
and Bridget Rafferty were married on 31 March 1864 at St Stephens
Cathedral Brisbane. Bridget was born in 1839 and died on 8 September
later remarried in November 1878. His bride was Sarah Crewe who
was born in 1849 and died on 6 May 1918.
marriage was reported
in The Brisbane Courier, Tuesday 1 March 1870. It reads,
“MCDONALD-CREWE.-On the 28th February, at Mortlake, the residence
of the bride’s father, by the Very Rev. Dean Brun, John McDonald
of Ipswich, youngest son of F McDonald to Sarah Mort, youngest
daughter of Samuel Mort Crewe of Mortlake, Queensland.
father, Michael Christian Daly, thought that his first hotel was
in Fortescue Street Spring Hill. I visited the site and there
is an old building there which could well have been the hotel
although there is no proof in this. Michael
was licensee of the Spring Hill Hotel and later the Sovereign
Hotel in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.
was quite a businessman and developed a reputation over the years.
think he would have been astute to achieve business success starting
out as a labourer as indicated on his marriage certificate. His
business and legal activities were regularly commented upon in
the local newspaper. For
example, The Brisbane
Courier reported on Thursday
31 July 1879 in
an article about the local Exhibition, “The catering this year
is in very competent hands, Mr. Daly, of the Sovereign, showing
himself thoroughly equal to the demands
of the multitude." Later on Michael advertises in The Brisbane
Courier on Friday 16 July 1880.
"MICHAEL DALY begs to inform all Visitors to the Exhibition that he once
again bosses the CATERING DEPARTMENT in the Permanent Refreshment Building,
where he has provided for the creature comforts of his patrons
in the now well-known Sovereign style. In anticipation of an extra
good Exhibition, Michael has determined to provide an extra good
LUNCH, and has cleared the market of Walker's
whisky in his efforts on behalf of thirsty clients.”
Michael Daly apparently had a falling out with his 2nd
wife’s family. He successfully sued his father-in-law, Samuel
Crewe, in the Supreme Court which resulted in the bailiff selling
off Samuel’s farms. There was another case also reported In the
papers of the day of Michael again suing Samuel for the unauthorised
removal of timber from land which he had sold to Michael. The
Brisbane Courier on Saturday 29 May 1886 advertised the court
became well acquainted with the legal system including pursuing
theft from his hotel by employees (reported 24 August 1883); attacks
by other employees (reported 2 November 1881, but found not guilty);
and the illegal sale of liquor after hours (reported 2 December 1885). All these are reported in the local newspaper. The National
Library of Australia has catalogued and indexed old Australian
newspapers. See www.newspapers.nla.gov.au
was buried in the same plot as his first wife in Toowong
Cemetery while second
wife, Sara Crewe, was buried at Lutwyche
with their daughter Ellen. Perhaps this is illustrative of the
falling out he had with his in-laws.
The Brisbane City Council provide a free online search
service of burials in its cemeteries. Goto www.brisbane.qld.gov.au