William Champion, patriarch of the family, brother to Theresa and father to Esther, had landed in Hobart some ten years prior as a convict, and was in the process of establishing himself as a businessman. A former bellringer in his hometown of Dursley in England, he is credited with much of the effort to obtain and install the bells in Hobart's Holy Trinity Church, and trained the colony's youths in the art of bellringing. He was licensee of The Jolly Hatter in Hobart in 1838.
It is not clear whether Samuel continued work on the brewery or whether any significant brewing was done here. The owners have an original beer bottle from the time, and love to imagine the smell of mash and hops in what is now our personal part of the home. There is a gorgeous swing panel door which connects the brewery wing to the main house, and it's easy to imagine casks being passed through to the bustle of the inn. It's nice to speculate that the Thomas Large's planning saw fruition, and certainly Samuel was competent, energetic and well respected enough to grow his business.
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