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Sculpture - Bull's Head, Bull & Mouth Hotel, 1851-1930s Object Reg. No: SH 930874

Alternative Name(s): Architectural Decoration

Plaster bull's head from the Bull and Mouth Hotel in Bourke Street, Melbourne. The head was retrieved by Whelan the Wrecker during their demolition of the hotel in the 1930s.

The Bull and Mouth Hotel was built in 1851 by publican Matt Condon. Situated in central Bourke Street opposite the Cobb & Co coach office, the hotel became a Melbourne Institution, offering drinks and meals from breakfast until midnight. The plaster head probably was hung above the main bar.
Large bulls head on oval shaped backboard. The bull has a brown painted collar with buckles on either side. The piece appears to have been restored as the horns are very shiny and the head seems to have been painted copper/gold.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Myles Whelan, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 990 mm (Height), 540 mm (Width), 435 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: hotels
Themes this item is part of: The Bull & Mouth Hotel, Bourke Street, Melbourne, Whelan the Wrecker Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Hotels & Accommodation
Tertiary Classification: signage
Place & Date Used: Bull and Mouth Hotel, Victoria, Australia, 1851-1930s
Collector: Whelan the Wrecker, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s
References: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/history/hindsight/stories/s1609089.htm
  1. [Book], Robyn Annear, A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2005, 2005, 71-73 Pages


Ian Gardener Posted on 26 Apr 2010 7:17 PM
The title at thisurl is incorrect and should read 1851-1930's.
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Apr 2010 4:50 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks for picking that up Ian, we've updated the title, which will reflect on the site the next time it's updated

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