IF there is one hotelkeeper in Brisbane who is well known and esteemed it is Martin Moran, mine host of the Prince Consort Hotel, in the Valley. Mr. Moran was born in County Sligo, Ireland, and when nine years of age went to Bradford (Eng.), where he resided for 20 years, following the occupation of a plasterer.
In 1882 he sailed for Brisbane in the s.s.Comptor, and on arrival followed his occupation with the firm of Messrs. James Campbell and Son for 12 months. He then took over the license of the Caxtan Hotel, Petrie Terrace, and ever since then has been in his present business.
In all Mr. Moran has held the licence of 14 hotels during that period in Brisbane, Gympie, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, and other Queensland towns, and was for a while the proprietor of the Bank Hotel, Newtown, Sydney. It is interesting to note that Mr. Moran obtained the provisional license for the National Hotel, then a butcher’s shop, and the present building waa erected from plans he had prepared.
Mr. Moran is a sport, though not of often now seen at races, and a keen follower of football and cricket, and would go a long way to see a “go” between two good men. He is also a great gun in the Druids’ Friendly Society.
-The Truth (Brisbane) Sunday 15 January 1905