Joseph Mack

Here lies the proprietor of Geelong’s first Hotel, Joseph Gardiner Mack. He was born 1805 in, Berwick, Scotland and he travelled to Tasmania around 1833, where he married Anna Austin, sister of James and Thomas Austin.

Joseph and Anna Mack arrived in Port Philip in 1839 and ran the ‘Wool Pack Inn’ until 1843. This prestigious venue became known simply as ‘Mack’s Hotel’. It was situated in Brougham St, just along from the Geelong Club. The premises were grand, boasting 10 guest rooms, a billiard room, fernery and wine cellar. It became the meeting place for station owners in Geelong for their wool sales, business people and town committees. Geelong’s first council meeting was held at Mack’s Hotel.

Joseph and Anna had 11 Children before Joseph died on 21 July 1868 from complications following a kick by a horse.

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