The Stag, opened in 1849, was for many years a prominent landmark. In the 1850’s the early inn was a busy centre and the rear of the premises was practically the beginnings of the East End Markets. Substantial stock yards, a weighbridge, and large stables provided accommodation of horses and vehicles belonging to the buyers of stock and produce who made the Inn their headquarters almost daily. In later years, after the East End Market was established, the Stag ceased to be the scene of regular trading operations, but proved popular with market gardeners and others who frequented the locality in the early morning.
Most of the current building was erected around 1903 when the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange was built close by. This final structure was designed by Garlick and Jackman.
The Stag remains one of Adelaide’s most popular heritage hotels.
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Hi, I am inquiring about the George Taylor who held a license at The Stag Inn in 1849.
Family members have it that my gg-grandfather George Taylor was involved with it. His home address was One Tree Hill, SA, and I am hoping you can put some light on the subject as there were other George Taylor’s around at the time.
Hi Lorraine, was your ancestor the George Taylor of One Tree Hill who was killed in an accident in September 1871? We haven’t been able to find anything linking the two Georges, but this 1902 notice following the death of a George Taylor who appeared to own the Stag Inn (and the Exeter Hotel) may suggest they were different men: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56558430. Hopefully that’s helpful?
I used to have one or two beers at early opening after a night shift in the market. I seem to remember that the corner door was the main entrance. Was this the case as there is no door there now
Great question Ralph. From the photographs we’ve seen it looks like the very corner of the building has been primarily a window as far back as 1910, with two doors on the side.
The original Stag building that preceded however did have a front entrance on the corner, although I don’t suppose that was the building you were visiting:
Lorraine Kitson, I think you have the wrong George Taylor. George Taylor was a horse dentist at One Tree Hill most of his life and he lived on Taylor Road Humbug Scrub. His old house (Sunny Brae) is still there, still owned by relatives. George Taylor born 1855 and died 1921.