A Morphettvale Publican Killed.
Mr. W. Welan, landlord of the Emu Hotel, Morphettvale, who fell out of the back seat of a trap while returning from Morphettvale races, died to-day. His wife, who was driving, did not miss him, and some neighbours picked him up in an unconscious condition.
–The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)Tuesday 12 May 1896.
Morphett Vale is a southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia in the City of Onkaparinga. It is the largest suburb in the state, with a population of more than 23,000 and an area of 12.76sqm.
The first Emu Hotel was constructed in 1840 for Alexander Anderson of The Lodge near the corner of David Terrace and Main South Road. Alexander Anderson was the first post master of the town and conducted early services at the hotel, as well as this being the site of the first court proceedings before the construction of the court house in 1855. The second Emu Hotel, at the present site, was built on part of Alexander Anderson’s Creighton Estate, in 1862. Publicans included Robert Spiller, Robert Disher, David Carrick, William Tydemann, M Neilsen, and James Ryan, who was tragically killed by a passing car on Main South Road in front of the hotel in 1935.