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Ellen Coleman
 
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Language
  • English

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Title
  • Ellen Coleman
Published
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Physical Description
  • Archival Item
  • Graphic materials
  • Image
Part Of
  • Malvern Collections
  • Image collection
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Summary
  • John Coleman married Ellen Shanahan in 1891 after meeting her at Longergan's Ball. John was one of 12 children who were born to Patrick and Ellen (Sullivan) who emigrated from County Cork and settled on a large property at Cheltenham. The oldest child was Mary Anne, who helped her husband run the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel.
  • John was the second of the surviving boys. Michael, the oldest boy, was a publican, John ran the Devonshire Hotel, Jim ran the Brighton and Tim the Union.
  • John Coleman ran the Malvern Vale Hotel from 1889, and he and Ellen's children included John, Denis, Eileen, Vincent, Ernest, Elsie, Raymond and Alan. John Coleman's obituary in 1940 describes the publican as 'an exemplary citizen and hotelkeeper'. A robbery at the hotel in the 1950s made headlines in The Sun newspaper. Ellen Coleman died in 1964.
  • The Coleman family has a long association with St Joseph's Church and the Malvern Vale Hotel.
  • In the 19th century a shipload of Irish settlers from County Kerry all came out together to find a new life in Victoria. Among them were the Bradys, the Bolans, the Kennedys and the Shanahans. The Victorian Government gave each family a pig, a sow, a cow, and twenty acres of land at £2 an acre. The Bradys, Bolans, Kennedys and Shanahans settled on land in an area now bounded by Bay Road and Warrigal Road. There they attempted to develop market gardens but not very successfully. Good water was scarce and legend has it that they drank too much. They eventually sold out to English settlers. The long-lived Nana Coleman (d. aged 94) was a Shanahan, Ellen Shanahan from South Road Brighton. Her family had property bounded by Tucker, East Boundary, Centre and North Roads. In 1923 they sold some of the land and Shanahan Crescent stands at the corner of McKinnon and East Boundary Road. A number of other Irish families had improved their circumstances by coming to Australia. Among them were the Colemans.
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  • Access to view items is by appointment only. See the Stonnington History Centre website for contact details.
  • According to the Australian Copyright Council, copyright has expired in photos taken prior to 1 January 1955. For photos taken after that date, copyright persists for the life of the creator plus 70 years.
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Language
  • English
Identifier
  • MP8313

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