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The Old Pubs of North Adelaide

Dover Castle Hotel, Archer Street, North Adelaide, 1998


Photo taken 01 January 1998

State Library Catalogue Reference: B 70869/18655

Messenger Press, photographer. No restrictions on copying or publication except acknowledging 'Messenger Press Photo' if published.

Established in 1850. The building was remodelled in the 1890s and circa 1914. The building remains but the hotel ceased trading in early 2000.

'HOTEL RAIDED
Police Enter Through Window
When police officers visited the Dover Castle Hotel, Archer street, North Adelaide, on about 10.25 p.m. on November 10 they found persons in the parlor with drinks in front of them. The sequel was the appearance of Mary J. Edwards, licensee, before Mr. E. M. Sabine, P.M., in the Adelaide Police Court today, charged with having supplied liquor unlawfully. Det. Sgt. Allchurch appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. J. W. Nelligan for Edwards. Plainclothes Constable J. W. Regan said that with Plainclothes Constable W. H. Lindsay he went to the hotel and tried the private entrance door, which was locked. A window near the door was partly open. Witness pushed it up and got through. Constable Lindsay followed. Through an opening in the bar door witness saw Edwards moving about and heard voices coming from the parlor. They went to the back yard and then to the window of the parlor, which they opened and got through. In the parlor were four persons, two of whom were women, who gave their names as Agnes Sorrell and Margaret J. Trottman. Sorrell and Trottman were holding a glass. One of the other two, a man, was a boarder, and he had a glass of beer in front of him. Witness said to Edwards, "Are these men lodgers." and she replied, "The two men are, but not the women." She said that the women were drinking Cooper's stout, and the man, Murphy, was having, a long Walkerville. She admitted that she served the liquor and added, "You have got a clean catch. I gave them the drinks. Trottman is my sister. Sorrell said that no money passed. Edwards, Constable Lindsay, and witness went to the bar room where a light was burning. After further investigating Edwards said, "There is nothing for it but to come up and plead guilty." Mr. Nelligan-Sorrell is more than 60 years of age? She is a very old woman Sorrell and Trottman were about to leave when they had a drink?--Yes. There is no suspicion that anyone paid for the drinks?-No. There were young men? You would not suggest that it was a party?-No. One if the men was a lodger and the other was the barman. Plainclothes Constable Lindsay gave evidence. Edwards, on oath, said that the liquor was a gift. Mr. Sabine said that taking all the circumstances into account and the doubts of the law, he would not endorse the license. A fine with £5 with £1 costs was imposed. Agnes Sorrell pleaded guilty to having unlawfully obtained liquor on November l0, and she was fined £3 with 15/ costs.'
The News, Monday 1 December 1924, p9

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